Renaissance series

December 11th, 2007

Here’s a selection of photos from a series of six (the rest of which you can see on my flickr page if you’d like).

If you wouldn’t mind helping me out, I’d be incredibly interested to hear what you feel these photos communicate to you. They were a response to a competition brief, and if by some miracle they get shortlisted, I promise I’ll tell you what the story is meant to be. Till then, do let me know what you think as it’d be a great way for me to learn how to successfully express an idea visually.




Big thanks go to Ross Kilgour and Tess Mitchell for being my beautiful and imaginative models. They were both superb. Thanks also to Anna Gibson who agreed to be my photographers lackey and press the smoke button and move the lights about on demand.

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7 Responses to “Renaissance series”

  1. Nate Says:

    Incredible pics!
    They remind me of the paintings of Joseph Wright of Derby, especially my favourite of his ‘An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump’ which I go and see whenever I get to London.
    …as to what the pics convey… I’ll have a think…

    Thought the models looked familiar ;)

  2. Jem Says:

    Hmm… It’s a pretty terrifying painting actually! Poor bird. But I see what you mean.


  3. Nate Says:

    OK… I think the guy is trying to make it up to the girl after he has been very bad ;)
    He seems to be pleading with her… but she is having none of it.
    Now that may say more about me than it does about your pics… I just thought I would put it out there.

  4. Nate Says:

    The reproductions don’t do it justice. There is one print at one size that is closest from the National Galley shop but I have not bought it yet. I saw an exhibition of his work years ago in Southampton and the painting above seemed to me to be the culmination of all that he had learnt.

  5. Gav Says:

    They are stunning Jem!
    I wish I had managed to make the shoot and help you out, though you did a find job without me! ;)
    I think the 3 you’ve got here are the best three.
    What do they say to me? Well it’s probably got a lot to do with the order but to me they show a couple falling in love, then the girl begins to tire and finally she is trying to leave but the guy is holding on trying to convince her to stay!
    I hope they get shortlisted for you!
    Gav x

  6. Mis Says:

    These are really gorgeous, Jem. On initial viewing without thinking about them at all, they reminded me of scenes from Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill video (…and after I thought about them, the theme of these pictures kind of evoked the same kind of sentiment as the video did, imho. I found the way you ordered them really interesting – there was kind of a full-circle effect that happened as a result, to me. She’s enraptured – then she’s looking almost to the observer for some sort of answer – then she’s looking to the sky – and is being slowly drawn back in to him, although by her expression in the last photo, you aren’t sure what she is going to do. Any other order would change the story completely. I found the series totally intriguing. Thanks for letting us see ‘em!

  7. Pauline Says:

    I love the pics of the couple. In particular the angle taken from above. It conveys great feeling coming from the female so deep she would never be aware there might be someone there taking their picture. A most unusual angle that makes the picture stand out much more than a standard pose.

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