Underworld

 

After visiting Bailey’s Stardust Exhibition at the National Gallery I was most inspired by his ‘Found Objects’. This was a small but for me significant part of the exhibition. Significant as I have read quite a bit on Bailey and studied his photographic work and had no idea that he worked with taxidermy for some of his sculptures outside of Skulls.

When researching online I cannot find more than a sentence discussing these small and delicate pieces. My most favourite piece was one of a dead Robin resting peacefully in a rocking-chair and encased in a small box.

A Robin Redbreast in a Cage
Puts all Heaven in a Rage.
A dove house fill’d with doves and pigeons
Shudders Hell thro’ all its regions.
A Dog starv’d at his Master’s Gate
Predicts the ruin of the State.
A Horse misus’d upon the Road
Calls to Heaven for Human blood.
Each outcry of the hunted Hare
A fiber from the Brain does tear.

– William Blake

Although the pieces are part of Bailey’s later work, this type of nod to nature and taxidermy can be found in one of his earlier and more famous fashion images:

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Sourced from Flickr: Scott Cooper – this image reminded me of the Crewdson image below. The way in which the insects are surrounding the bird in a pattern suggest in their design a ritualistic posing of the animals, attaching human values upon the act of death.

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Juxtaposing movement with the taxidermy could work conceptually. Whilst death brings the stillness to the object – using movement could work to show life – and therefore the circle of life, the beginning and the end.

This image of singer Aurora is the main inspiration for the movement aspect of this shoot. The muted and desaturated colours work well to add a softness to the image.
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The soft colour palette and lighter hair works well for this image giving it that ‘Urban Outfitters’/Hipster edge.
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This Roxy Music Album cover was a huge print which was kept in my parents home – we moved a lot and this was one thing that remained constant. Our final resting place which I still call home in Australia was named after this print – ‘Avalon’, meaning ‘beautiful place’. It is a huge print and I used to stare at it in wonder as a child – I would like to to do a shoot based around this image but with my take making the image current and relevant to this project.
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The album cover for ‘Bella Donna’ by Stevie Nicks is a little too retro – a hint of ‘bad 80’s’ as  opposed to good. By updating the lighting style and wardrobe we could make this image more relevant to today’s market.

 

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This shoot from 2011 with Nick Knight is a good example of the types of movement and poses I will need my model to do for the shoot.
This is a link to the short video of the shoot from 2011 with Nick Knight. This works as a good example of the types of movement and poses I will need my model to do.

Amor: Shoot footage – Day One: Nick Knight / Amanda Harlech / Molly Bair from SHOWstudio on Vimeo.

This is a shot I took in my first year here at Edinburgh College. It was interesting to work with movement in the studio at the time – for this shot I used the Mamiya medium format camera and a modelling light rather than flash to capture the blur and avoid the flash freezing the motion. Remembering shooting this shot has made me realise that I may need to use multiple exposures for the final shots for this project so that the body, shoulders and anything else in the scene remains sharp and the face alone is blurred.
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Dead Pretty Taxidermy are happy to be my supplier for this shoot. The options are to leave a deposit for the pieces and return them in perfect condition or alternatively I can photograph them in their studio and layer multiple images in photoshop.

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FINAL IMAGES

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