DORIAN GRAYS

IN BLACK & WHITE; DORIAN GRAYS

My Dorian Grays are a bunch of black & white people-images; a mix of new and old, friends and fashion, Posed or just a moment captured. Strong faces and shapes simplified by the contrast in 256 shades of gray. Disclaimer: I’m not suggesting that any of these people have an ugly painting hidden in the attic. But you never know… It’s been a long time since I printed BW, but I still love that silver feeling.

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Nacho, my love, with a cheeky grin, in Parque Genovese on a winter’s day.

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Guess who’s jumping? At Conil coves, Cadiz region.

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An afternoon at la Caleta. Jumping high, as they always do.

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The lovely April, panned, at my old studio in Shoreditch Town Hall, in a former boxers’ dressing room.

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Ismael, looking like a wise wizard. Or some wild rock star.

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The lovely Liz with her pixie face, in my Mendip House kitchen, morning light, 5×4. I just hate it when people look that good in the morning.

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Bill & Rob, warming up for one of our soirees at Shoreditch Town Hall. This window light flooded my studio every afternoon.

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Edy and Tam. Same place, different mood.

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Fela’s unmistakable profile, in shadow, in window light.

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And me, enjoying the last afternoon rays in the studio.

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Originally a fashion story for Scene Magazine. Shot on type 55, solarizing the negative on the spot. Risky business, but always worked for me. Model: Che. Styling, Alison Fitzpatrick.

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Funnyhow the solarization of these negatives sometimes gives the most distinctive mackie-line. This time it almost became a drawing.

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Edy at Ursvik, the bath-house. One of my favourite places. One of my favourite faces. I love this look. So knowing.

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Edy again, in what I called my torture chamber, in the STH. I always loved lighting with a single bulb. It’s such a simple and pure way of lighting.

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Tonio, in his Juventus phase, where everything was black and white. Always that cigarette behind the ear. Profound thoughts…

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Nigel. King of his kingdom, daring any seagull to come and mess with him. Isn’t he just fine…?

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And Nacho, in his element. My man, and our favourite place.

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From a demo-shoot I did for students at Westminster. What a strong and symmetrical look she has. I think her name was Sarah.

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Connie, in the corridor of the Shoreditch Town Hall. Playing drunk, just messing around.

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Lincoln, High Contrast. I never liked the colour version of this shot, but I do like the BW.

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Outtake from a fashion story. I just liked the leaves casting shadows in the direct morning sun.

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Anders Andersen’s top, while at St. Martins fashion, modelled by Miriam. Quite an extreme lighting, sculpting in a Lillian Bassman kinda way.

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Edy again. My favourite chameleon in stereo. Wall by Addidas.

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Modesty, the mannequin found in a bar in Covent Garden. She was always my stand-in for lighting. Here lit with a lightbulb, using peacock feathers to gobo the light.

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For Jo Gordon. These hat shots for her 1990’s collections were not just about showing the hats. Jo used the big prints at Fashion Week to illustrate the hats in a context. This time the context was Hackney, derelict places no longer easy to find in London’s East End.

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This is also Jo, as well as the bottom one. Top two are modelled by the fabulous New Yorker Julianna, and the bottom shot is with Helen, such amazing features.

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