Some years ago I wanted to paint some portraits of people with dark skin tones so I bullied a few colleagues into having their photos taken. (Actually one of them bullied herself into this experiment, but you do find that this tends to happen when you start making people look good..)
This is Fitzroy. The painting came out really well, but having rediscovered this photo lately, I really really like it. It’s very sculptural. It was taken in a meeting room in one of our office buildings in Brixton with an Olympus E420, and was one of several I took of him with or without his glasses on.
I usually paint in colour from black and white photographs because I am more interested in the tones than realistic colours, and there is an amazing range of tones here.