Presenting my entries in last year’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, my second entry in this prestigious competition.
A collaboration long time in the making, photographing the amazing Stephany Francisca
In December 2009, I opened a fashion boutique called “Matematica” in the Bloempot Shopping Centre
in Curaçao. It sold men’s and women’s fashion. In early 2010 I did a fashion shoot for promotional purposes, focussing on the female side of the store’s fashion.
In my previous life on the island of Curaçao, I was a licensee of various international male and female beauty and modelling competitions. One of these was Manhunt International, whose head-offices are based in Singapore. The 2007 edition of Manhunt International was held in South Korea. As I accompanied my delegate, I took the opportunity to photograph the participants. This was one of my first forays into fashion photography.
Last thursday was the very successful private view of our End of Year Show “Hidden Rivers“. Numerous visitors were on hand to admire the varied and interesting array of works presented by the Class of 2014, BTEC National Diploma in Photography, of the Kensington and Chelsea College. The 2014 End of Year Show Photography Prize was won by the talented and creative Gesine Garz, whom I had the honour of modelling for many times during the past year.
For those of you who have not yet visited our exhibition, I present my contribution.
This is a series entitled “The Internal State of Men”, created in 2014, a group of portraits inviting you to identify the internal state of the model.
The title of this picture, inspired by the oeuvre of Sarah Moon, should speak for itself.
I also included some images familiar to the visitors of this blog, “The Dowager” and “The View, Horizontally“. The photo of “Los Espantos de Baldí” was included in the post about the colours of Costa Rica.
The final image I submitted to the Exhibition was one taken during my fashion shoot. It was created using my very own technique of rescuing photos which would otherwise be discarded. I call the photo “In a Different Light”.
If you like what you see and you are within the “neighbourhood”, stop by and visit our show.
A few days ago I completed my second ever fashion shoot and it was an extraordinary experience! I had the privilege of shooting a creation by emerging fashion designer Emma Aparici, inspired by the Minimalist art movement.
I had the assistance of 3 awesome fellow photographers (wow, does not that make me sound important?) Gesine Garz, Lucia Moretti and Rodrigo da Silva. My model was the supermodel-not-wanne-be-but-totally-should-be Marjolaine Costé and it was an honour for me to be able to entrust her hair and make-up to the talented Wharney da Rocha.