The passion for photography started at school when darkrooms were installed at Westminster. The fusion of art and science was a fascination and from the moment Guy hand developed a roll of black and white film he was hooked. An exhibition of portraits of school life quickly followed as Guy photographed his peers during their work and play.
As soon as Guy left school he started working as a press photographer thanks to contacts from his journalist mother, then prior to reading biology at Bristol University Guy won a photographic scholarship from the Fairbridge Society and documented his exploits whilst working on a sheep farm in Western Australia for four months.
The desire to become a professional photographer still burned strong after Guy graduated with his BSc and so on returning to London he started to assist the eminent photographers of the day, learning the art of lighting, colour printing and coaxing the unpredictable from celebrities.
As a start to his own career Guy began shooting fashion for the teenage magazine market, a boom time in publishing which sent him regularly to Brazil and New York to shoot fashion and beauty. This work progressed to more prestigious publications as Guy became the main fashion contributor to Country Life Magazine in the days when they had dozens of regular fashion and portrait pages to fill every month for their weekly publication. Other magazines beckoned and from his Camden Town studio Guy was working regularly for Esquire, Tatler, You, Elle and Marie Claire as well as shooting for major brands such as Jaguar, Range Rover and Cartier.
A post as chief photographer and photographic adviser to Quintessentially magazine provided Guy with a creative outlet for original ideas whilst working on numerous covers under the guidance of Lucia van der Post. Regular stories involving clubbing around the world with Freddie Windsor and test driving fast cars and models was an added bonus.
When Guy met Anda Rowland his career took an unimaginable new course. He was delighted to be asked to be the main image maker for the newly formed Savile Row Bespoke organisation and whilst documenting the working history of the Row, Guy was able to expand on his great interest in menswear and dressing well.
Having started a family Guy was more than happy to stay put in London and concentrate on working around Savile Row. As his knowledge of the history of menswear deepened Guy felt compelled to create his own range of urban tweed for cycling round London. Kirsty McDougall provided the weave expertise and together they set up Dashing Tweeds the modern weave based menswear label which has recently opened on Sackville Street. Guy now divides his time between running Dashing Tweeds and working as a photographer specialising in menswear and portraiture.
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