This analogue black and white photograph comes from a short series taken in
May 1995. Lit by natural light, it was an early foray into chiaroscuro.
The single prop — a simple feather-adorned “crown” — was made and supplied by
the model (also an artist).
For me this image has an almost hauntological aesthetic, illustrating some
mysterious ceremony or a lost ritual.
The photograph was taken in my then home in Coventry with a cheap
SLR camera on 35mm
black and white film, and developed by me in a rudimentary darkroom.
In 2012 I revisited this image as a source of inspiration for
a lino print entitled