The portraits unveiled at the Entrepreneurial Exchange Annual Dinner Dinner on 28th November are of the 2012 inductees into their Hall of Fame, Gio Benedetti and Maitland Mackie. They’re fab guys!!
Our association with the Exchange started in 2005 when we were commissioned to shoot all 22 Hall of Fame members to mark the Exchange's 10th birthday. The portraits were exhibited at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh who acquired them for their permanent collection. The National Portrait Gallery in London purchased the portraits of Brian Souter and Sir Tom Hunter…happy days!
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The above portrait of Maitland Mackie depicts him where he is most at ease…the farmland he grew up on and from where he developed the global Mackie's of Scotland brand. Maitland graciously gave us a personal tour of the farm and factory so that we could look at the various options for shoot locations. The possibilities ranged from inside cowsheds to the factory where the famous Mackie's of Scotland ice cream is made (for reference a personal favourite of ours is Honeycomb!). Another possible location was in the hills immediately above the farm and factory beside the three wind turbines that power the farm and factory. As Maitland is extremely keen on renewable energy and the environment this is the spot we decided to use as it references where he comes from combined with his thoughts for the future. The tractor in the background is also a nod to Maitland's life in farming. Not wanting to put all our eggs in one basket (so to speak) we also shot an alternative with Maitland in cowshed with some young calves which he tried to control with ice cream…turns out calves favour Chocolate Mint!
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This double portrait of Gio Benedetti was taken in his home. Although an incredibly successful businessman Gio is very much a man whose family and home life are ever bit as important to him as his work. We wanted to reflect this aspect of his character by using his home as a backdrop in one image along with a close up that reveals his thoughtful, caring side that also captures a slight twinkle in his eye…he has a great dry, sense of humour.
We have now shot 34 Hall of Fame portraits in total…time for a new book I think!!
See the project at www.broaddaylightltd.co.uk/entrepreneurial-scotland/ and portraits at www.broaddaylightltd.co.uk/portraits-1/