The Bark Mask is the second mask I created in 2012. The base is
a blank Venetian volto mask, painted to resemble bare wood, then three-quarters
covered with oak bark.
The model’s pose is deliberately unnatural and stylised, exploring an idea I
had to make the photographs a documentation of an imaginary primal ritual or ceremony —
an idea that came mid-photoshoot from looking at the model in the mask through
the camera viewfinder.
The purpose of this first photoshoot was just to get a feeling for how the masks would
work on camera under photography lights. I was fairly pleased with the results, and I
also learnt a few lessons for future photographs with masks.