This photograph was a lot of fun to take. The lady in question looks nothing like this in her everyday life. She is seventy-two, modern, vibrant and full of laughter. However, we wanted to create a series of shots that were reflective and intensive with echoes of Cecil Beaton’s 1930s shots of Edith Sewell. It was about the hands, for me. The Tungsten lighting, headdress, bright red lipstick, nail varnish, skin tones and texture and expression worked together beautifully to create a strikingly dramatic shot.