Al Murray

Al Murray, also known as the Pub Landlord is a patron of the charity Rainbow Trust which was the reason for me photographing him at home in the West End of London for Tatler. As we prepared for the shoot Al was being interviewed in the kitchen. We chose to start the shoot in the living room which meant that we had to move some things around. His house was filled with artefacts, cartoon related, or just retro objects that are characteristic for their time. The last thing I had to move was a heavy poof. As I move the poof I see a small brown object on the floor. I bend down to see what it was and discover it being a dead mouse. (Now, it’s important to know before I continue that most houses in London, (and even flats,) will have mice in them or very near by. So this is in no way an indication of the state of Mr Murray’s house.) I pick up the mouse and have to peal it off the floor as it had probably been dead for a day or two. As I peal the mouse off the floor I realise I have to do this carefully, not to alert the team from Tatler that were there to conduct the interview as not to put Al in an uncomfortable position. As I stood up, with mouse in hand, making my way to the door and the outdoor bin, i did wonder weather this is a deliberate trick from Al? Maybe Al had made a careful calculation that I would be moving the poof for the shoot and planted a pretend mouse there to see the reaction. Maybe he had even hoped for a scream, a jump and total panic. I took my chances and threw the mouse away anyway. Hopefully I had not thrown away one of his prised retro objects, perhaps a 1990’s mouse that came with the original album from Modest mouse?

Al Murray

Al Murray

Al Murray

Al Murray

Al Murray

Al Murray

Al Murray

Al Murray