charity portraits

So I basically googled “Christmas family portrait” and picked the first one with a dog.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

My top 15 favorite fun facts about Benedict...

1. He auditioned for his role in ‘Star Trek’ without the knowledge of who he would be portraying, and over the phone in his friend’s kitchen with his ’two god-children asleep in the background somewhere’.

2. His dreamy eyes are due to a deficiency called 'heterochromia’, which results in the multicoloured appearance of his irises. They consist of blue, green, and gold, as well as a speck of brown in his right eye.

3. He taught English at a Tibetan monastery during his gap year.

4. He does amazing impressions, including Alan Rickman, Matthew McConaughey, and Chewbacca.

5. His favorite comfort movie is 'Ghostbusters’.

6. He’s naturally a ginger.

7. He learned how to play the violin for his role in 'Sherlock’ in a week.

8. He has a good singing voice and would someday like to be in a musical.

9. He was once kidnapped and held at gunpoint while filming a mini-series in South Africa. He talked his way out of it… How Sherlockian of him.

10. He has four god-children, and would someday like to have children of his own.

11. In fact, he believes his greatest achievement would be having children.

12. He prepared for his role in 'Star Trek’ by eating 4,000 calories a day and exercising like 'a creature from hell’.

13. We all know that one of the best relationships from 'Sherlock’ is the relationship between the detective and Mrs. Hudson, but this bond is actually taken from Benedict’s real life relationship with the actress, Una Stubbs, who has known him since he was a boy.

14. He’s donated his own self-portraits to charity twice.

15. And last but not least, he lives by the rule, 'Nothing is impossible’ because 'the word itself says, 'I’m possible’’.

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“They come by bus, by taxi, by horse-drawn cart, by camel or donkey, or on foot with a parent, a sibling, an uncle, a neighbour. The majority of the children are not from the city of Mek’ele. Most are from the vast state that is Tigray, a region peppered with thousands of tiny, dusty villages, and they travel to get to the Mek’ele Blind School. They consider themselves the lucky ones. A blind child in Ethiopia is not likely to reach adulthood without an education. Poverty is rampant throughout the country. Healthy, sighted families struggle daily to survive. A blind child is a burden beyond measure, and often they are left alone in dire conditions for long periods of time. An education, however meager, is a ticket to building self-respect, and that of the larger community.”

Today I received the first test print of my book “Hopes And Dreams”, a yearbook of sorts dedicated to the blind children of Mek'ele, Ethiopia, sharing their stories, their aspirations, and the great work that is done to give them a chance in life. A few little changes and the book will be finished. I’ll be selling a limited print run with profits going to the Friends of Mek'ele Blind School charity.

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My charity portrait series for Jimmy Niggles Beard Season, #Project60.

Has the honour of introducing acting legend John Hurt as #40/60.

The series is to raise awareness to Melanoma and get regular skin-checks.

60 beards from all over the globe, has travelled by their own funds, to be shot at my home studio.

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http://instagram.com/mrelbank if you want you want to take part.?