They will not control us

General, Photographs

This was such a fun shot to do and ironically has probably the most serious message of the project!

I’d mentioned the shot to Ezzie on a previous occasion and she just said “That’s mine, I’m doing that one….don’t you dare do that with anyone else!” Who was I to refuse her?

We’d talked about it quite a bit and Ezzie had been shopping for the ‘right clothing’ ehem… We fixed a date for when the weather looked good, kids were at school and Bath City centre would be busy but not rammed. The plan was to set up the shot technically with Ezzie fully clothed and then guerrilla shoot in about 30 seconds and leg it! We’ve no idea if we broke any rules/laws but we didn’t want to hang around to find out.

I knew that if we shot in any of the ‘privately’ owned arcades or centres the obligatory Security people wouldn’t be able to resist stopping us or worse. We were slightly concerned as we parked up close by, as it was obvious it was Bath University’s Graduation day and it seemed busier than we’d hoped! So, we plumped for the main drag just outside the Royal Pump Rooms, what better way to remain inconspicuous? We figured if we were gonna do it we may as well go for it properly and anyway, we were hiding in plain view!

We were both pretty nervous but not sure why. I guess we knew it was wrong on some level but hey, we wanted the shot and remained calm. I set up the technicals and worked out the best angle and then we just looked at each other and said “Now?” With that, Ezzie pulled off her dress, threw it at me, adopted the pose we’d worked out and I grabbed the shots. The only hitch was that in her hurry and excitement she’d forgotten she’d have to get the damn thing back on again! She ran to a more secluded (comparatively) shop doorway and untangled the dress back on to become more ‘decent’ again. A lady waiting there with her daughter, complimented us on being brave and shooting a provocative and strong image!

We ran for cover but needn’t have worried, no-one seemed too bothered. We grabbed a beer in an underground bar (for stealth purposes you understand) and proceeded to high-five and come down from our high. It was then that Ezzie told me she’d never done anything like it before and was quite concerned about baring nearly all to the general public! Obviously she was an absolute superstar and I am so grateful she went through with it.

The shot and line itself pretty much speaks for itself, it’s a powerful and strong image that we’re both very proud of…the people in the background add to the shot in exactly the way we’d hoped. Many thanks to Muse and their brilliant song, Uprising.

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Model: Ezzie              Location: Royal Pump Rooms, Bath, UK

 

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Knockin’ on Heavens Door

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From a recent shoot with the incomparable Helen Diaz! We had a fun few hours in Monmouthshire, Wales chatting, taking the odd photo and then chatting some more. That’s after a lung busting climb up a welsh mountain…..well……hill. OK then, a small slope but hey, I’m not made of the same stuff I used to be!

Anyway, this nude is from a sorta spooky ruined Chapel and I kinda like the contrast of rough and smooth. Bit cliche’d I know but then, it’s a cliche for a reason!

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The Truth

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I’d had this idea for quite a while regarding one of my favourite bands The Only Ones. This song from their self titled album released in 1978 is one that’s stayed with me throughout my life.

It lasts a mere 2 minutes but is such a great song lyrically with Peter Perrett’s laconic vocals easing out the desperate message of the song. A message that cuts to the heart of anyone who has suffered from any addiction.

“And if I don’t say a word, you’ll know that it’s the truth”

Ezzie my ever willing model, captures that wide eyed, self deceiving innocence that ultimately fools nobody but herself.

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Know Me

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This line is so powerful it’s easy to gloss over it without reading it properly. Read it again and then read it again. When I was at college I remember hearing it and thinking it was brilliant and all these years later, I haven’t changed my thoughts on it.

The The and their song Giant is still on my playlist. How pertinent is it today in these troubled and glossy, vacuous times?  Where what you look like and how being notorious for being and contributing nothing is the order of the day.

No wonder so many societies kick against our twisted and sick idea of the ‘developed, first World’. Developed in what? Mindless tattle that dumbs down the brain even more than the commercialism does already. Where 15 minutes of fame is worth anything at any cost. Pursuing the dream of looking good and impressing others overtakes any logic, talent or reasoned thought. Where parasites destroy any creativity or vision before it has any chance of doing or becoming anything positive.

Is it any wonder we have the politicians we have? That the young have no idea how to actually contribute to a society that consumes mediocrity like it consumes everything else, including the soul, voraciously. Where untrue memes, quotes and vicious attacks on another individual have become acceptable and the norm on (un)social media.

This image could have also gone with the line “When I looked into my face it wasn’t myself I’d seen but who I’ve tried to be” from the same song.

“I’m scared of God and scared of hell
And I’m caving in upon myself”

How can anyone know me when I don’t even know myself…

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