An interpretation of the masters paintings.

Sarah_After_Vermeer ©Richard Bailey

Sarah Gordy is an actress who has played characters in television, radio and stage plays. Sarah transcends type casting in so many ways creating characters who are original and exceptional. Her body of work goes far beyond playing ‘characters who have Downs Syndrome’ and her wit and charm, plus a determination to get it right however complex the language is, make her a performer who can make the audience believe she is whoever she says she is. I would work with Sarah any time.”

Lisa Evans, Playwright

Having heard about Sarah’s versatility as an actress I approached her to collaborate…


©Fiona Baile

A few years ago our good friend Carolina Giammetta wrote and directed a short film called ‘I Don’t Care’.


I Don’t Care……..

That sometimes you don’t make sense!

That you make a concentrating noise………

That you complain when I brush your hair!

That I’m constantly unpacking bags you’ve packed for no reason.

That you repeat yourself.

That you have Down syndrome!

I Do Care……..

That you do your best and enjoy life.

©Fiona Bailey

My wife Fiona’s work is an intimate glimpse into the life of our daughter Billie-Jo and takes the form of small-scale prints combined to form much larger bodies of work.

From Fiona’s position as mother and photographer she is following a contemporary trend in photography where the…


Stonehenge Winter Solstice 2019 ©Richard Bailey

Every year at the time of the Summer and Winter Solstice, Stonehenge ‘opens its doors’ to the general public, who are then allowed to walk within the circle to touch and honour the stones.

The ‘general public’ in this place and at this time, is a wonderfully eclectic, eccentric bunch of people!

We have, of course, the self styled druids and people dressed as druids, there are old school hippies, punks and Hare Krishna’s. …


I love Vermeer.

Who doesn’t love Vermeer?

About ten years ago I took some portraits of the actor Sarah Gordy based around a selection of Johannes Vermeer’s more famous paintings.

Of course I wasn’t inventing the wheel, many people had and have since emulated his work in a myriad of different ways.

I give you here a selection of the finest ‘After Vermeer’ photos.

Some are straight copies, but the ones I prefer are a nod in the direction of the original, they play with the idea and come up with their own unique version.

To start with I am…


The Shifting Perspectives podcast with Caitlin and Mark Trevor.

When was the last time you heard someone who has Down syndrome on a podcast? Possibly never…….the Shifting Perspectives podcast aims to change that.

In this episode I chat to a young lady called Caitlin who I first met back in 2006 when she was just three years old when I took her photograph for the DS2007 calendar.

I took her photograph again in 2011, on a very cold morning on Wormwood Scrubs as part of the DS Active campaign. …


The Shifting Perspectives podcast with Claire Harris and Abigail Clay.

When was the last time you heard someone who has Down syndrome on a podcast? Possibly never…….the Shifting Perspectives podcast aims to change that.

In this episode I am joined by sisters Claire Harris and Abigail Clay, where we talk about the film they made together, Claire’s acting, her work and her family.

Claire, who has Down syndrome, graduated from a three-year performing arts course at the Orpheus Centre College, and has made a film with her sister Abigail about wanting to get a job.

Claire’s sister Abigail is an…


The Shifting Perspectives podcast with Jack Hale.

When was the last time you heard someone who has Down syndrome on a podcast? Possibly never…….the Shifting Perspectives podcast aims to change that.

In this episode I chat to Jack Hale about living independently, his job, his hobbies, his role as an advocate for people with Down syndrome with the group ‘Our voice, Our choice’, his love of Gillingham FC and skiing for the Great Britain Special Olympics squad…..amongst other things.

Jack is a lovely chap and I know you will feel as privileged to listen to him as I was to…


The Shifting Perspectives podcast with Ophir Yaron-Field.

When was the last time you heard someone who has Down syndrome on a podcast? Possibly never…….the Shifting Perspectives podcast aims to change that.

In this episode I am joined by a young lady who I have known for over twenty years.

She has a special place in my heart because, after my daughter Billie-Jo was born, Ophir was one of the first children with Down syndrome that I had ever met.

She was as amazing then as she is now.

Ophir went to her local mainstream, primary and secondary schools. She has…


The Shifting Perspectives podcast with Billie-Jo Bailey.

When was the last time you heard someone who has Down syndrome on a podcast? Possibly never…….the Shifting Perspectives podcast aims to change that.

In this episode I am joined by my beautiful daughter Billie-Jo. We chew the fat about her school life, her family, friends, boyfriends, walking Hadrians wall, paragliding over Lake Geneva and general life.

Billie-Jo came into our lives 21 years ago and I can honestly say I wouldn’t change her in one single way.

That said, when she was born and we were told that she had Down syndrome…

Richard Bailey

Photographer, curator, writer, parent. Lover of life.

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