As my health declines I have had the privilege to be invited to the home of the actor Sir Ian McKellen. He responded to my request to take his portrait for my forthcoming book ‘My People’. I suspected this would undoubtedly be the final portrait for the book, but reality is that this is my final portrait ever, after 40 years as a photographer. This would not have happened without the huge assistance provided by Dean Harmer and my wife Nicki. Sir Ian is/was a beautiful and gentle human being. We shared beverages and buns and he even bought us lunch. He listened intently to my story and simply held my hand. This experience was very special.