Alchemical Portraits: an exhibition at SHED

Throughout the month of May I had my first exhibition at SHED, an amazing studio space and cafe' in East London. As always when self curating, some of the images don't make the cut, although there is sometimes not a rational reason, just a choice in a particular momenta. Here are a few that didn't make the exhibition but perhaps still deserve a bit of exposure.....

(from the exhibition press release)...

Any fashion photographer is inevitably caught up in an idealized and unrealistic ideal of beauty that is incessantly drilled in by the usual advertising and editorial cahnnels. Many of the sitters for these portraits are either models or work in and around the fashion industry in some form, some are reprints from previous fashion shoots and some are taken backstage during london fashion week. This body of work looks to counter the expected canons beauty through a process of distress and transformation. Where traditional beauty decays (in this case artificially), new beauty can always be found and a new cycle can emerge. the element of chance also plays a role as different textures occur when chemicals mix and drip on the page, which can be controlled only to a degree. Through this process, every print is compeltely unique and individual, again at odds with the disposable, replaceable and infinitely reproducible models of beauty models that exist in fashion.