After a year of knock-backs, Darrel Starkey took a step back, paused and took a moment to breathe. “I was sat in my garden and started to look at my surroundings, the bushes, trees and plants,” he explained. “How they grow from a strong foundation; a foundation of roots.”

Celebrating the solid foundations that help build the spectacular in stark black and white, the resulting collection, ‘Roots’, explores the process of creative – as well as personal – growth.

Hair: Darrel Starkey (assisted by Nicola Kristel and Scott Musgrove)
Make-up: Priscilla Messinger
Photography: Gary Halliday
Styling: Bernard Connolly