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Elisa Pineri Contreras
Arabesque — Video
Music: Mogwai ‘Boring Machines Disturb Sleep’
This video is the little sister to my first solo photography exhibition, Arabesque.
A series of dance portraits, printed onto silk, exploring motion.
The exhibition was part of Brighton Photo Fringe 2012 and was hung at Naked Tea & Coffee Company for 6 weeks, in which the public were invited to interact with the artworks.
This video describes the texture and feeling of the Silk Habouti and its relationship with light.
The Retreat Salon
Leading hairdresser Michael Barnes has just judged a hair styling competition, for an eco friendly, organic Salon in Bexhill.
I was at The Retreat Salon, using every available space to photograph the hairdressers styles, I like a challenge.
Here are some of my favorites.
Emma-Lousie Hellier (owner)
Holly Brister (winner)
Doug Devaney — Actors Headshot
Brighton based actor and writer. We had a great shoot last week, Doug can’t help but entertain you. So there were some great outtakes, but this is my favorite picture.
Check out more headshots on my portfolio site ebaileyphotography.co.uk/portfolio/
If you are interested in booking a shoot, please contact me here
Arabesque — Private View at Naked Tea & Coffee
Photos taken by the lovely Sam Thomas
‘Arabesque’ is a series of dance portraits, exploring motion and printed on silk. It is showing at Naked Tea & Coffee in the South Laines til 18th Nov, part of Brighton Photo Fringe.
Please touch the fabric, feel the movement and chill out with some chai.
For more information inc pricing of ‘Arabesque’ click here.
Arabesque — BPF 2012 — My first solo Exhibition
Poster designer: Beth Radish
‘Arabesque’ is a graceful position in dance. In an ongoing project, I have
collaborated with dancers Elena Saorin and Leo Brizad to create a series of images
exploring motion. My background in filmmaking has drawn my attention to the way
different mediums interpret light. I have developed a visual language that
encompasses multi disciplinary philosophies. I look to the work of such artists as
Degas, Vittorio Storaro, Caravaggio, Pina Bausch and the Impressionists; drawing
inspiration from their emphasis on capturing light and movement. I have
experimented with these ideas further by printing onto fabric, as a member of the
audience you are welcome to touch the pieces, to become involved in their movement.
The agitation of the fabric raises awareness of both the abstract nature of the
image as well as of the texture within it.
Fabric Printers: Cameron Gilmartin
Brighton Photo Fringe runs along side Brighton Photo Biennial, they offer a great opportunity for any lens based artist to exhibit and work together as a community with help and creative support. My exhibition is part of over 160 happening in Brighton from October to November. BPF Website
Arabesque will run for 5 weeks at The Red Room at Naked Tea & Coffee Company off of Ship Street in Brighton, until 18th Nov
Mon — Wed: 7am-6pm
Thurs — Fri: 7am-10pm
Purchasing a Print
Each photograph is printed onto Silk Habouti by Cameron Gilmartin who I have worked closely with for this exhibition. They have extensive experience in traditional and digital areas, for both the fashion industry and home interiors. The fabric is pre-coated, digitally printed then steamed and washed.
If you are interested in buying any of these Silk Habouti prints which include a hanging kit please contact me here.
Emily Durant — Lookbook
Clothes & Styling: Emily Durant
Model: Anya Zebags, email@example.com
Hair & MUA: Patricia Bella
Proportion & Tailoring is Emily’s first collection and also her final piece for her Master of Design degree at Brighton University.
Her inspiration was 90’s fashion, when models were more androgynous and clothes played with being over or under sized. Emily wanted a blank urban look to her photos, not too stylized, so I offered her the large textured concrete walls at Brighton Marina.
Anya is a new model, from Amsterdam, who was easy to work with and offered a fierce confidence in her looks.
My challenge this time was to rely on poses and the look of the model and not the lighting. I decided not to bring any lights with me on location and to concentrate on a natural look.
Marina Abramovic — The Artist is Present
Beautiful, moving and inspiring. Performance artists have a certain reputation and my girlfriend introduced me last year to this one — who completely changed all that.
This film documents Marina’s at retrospective MoMA, many performances were re-performed by others and Marina herself gave a new piece. From open to closing time, every day, for the entire 3 month show, she sat with anyone who wished to sit with her and she did not move.
We somehow learn to never stare, to not look for too long — she invited the public to do the opposite — to open up and to look back. Each person had an intense personal experience and the results were touching.
This is quite an honest film, about an artist, her life and work.
Please watch with open eyes.
Olivia Hearnshaw — Lookbook
The Importance Of Ma is the lookbook I shot for Olivia for her final piece at Brighton University. Inspired by the minimalist Japanese design, Ma.
Olivia’s designs are elegant and were a pleasure to light, the shoot was more like still life photography, as her clothes were about shape. There was simplicity in the pallet and symmetry in the shape,this was reflected in the lighting, I only used 1 lamp, there was no need to complicate the shoot, the clothes and poses needed nothing to distract from them.
The graduate shows are on til Wed 14th. Olivia’s designs, materials and the wonderfully mounted photography and book can be found on the 2nd floor. More info http://bit.ly/L57sBK
Designer: Olivia Hearnshaw. firstname.lastname@example.org
MUA: Lucy Blake. email@example.com
Assistant: Angie Thomas
Last night I attended a monthly event from ArtsFORUM, in which photographers can present their work and receive feedback.
I was wowed by Laura Stevens work. technically difficult, painting with light over a 1min exposure, shooting 30 times for each sitting, 2 sceneriors to achieve the right photograph. All achieved in camera, no layering. I was humbled by her bravery, in this series Us Alone, she shows her relationship worries and commitment phobias she was dealing with when she moved to Paris with her partner.
Laura photographed strangers she met in bars, but mostly friends that they would all work out difference scenes and roles they could play. I think the result is beautifully interesting and different. The light is fantastical, but the emotion and detail so real.
Laura has finished the project and is now crowd funding for her exhibition, she has a few days to go and some of the presents are signed prints, postcards and shoots, I recommend people helping her exhibit these photographs as when I saw them projected last night, they took everyone’s breathe away and was applauded for her hard work and honesty.
You can also have shoots with her and workshops as part of her Crowdfunding, more info http://www.sponsume.com/project/us-alone-exhibition
Lauras site http://www.laurastevens.co.uk
Matt Martin curates this monthly exhibition which doesn’t let you use cost as an excuse not to show your work.
His idea is to photocopy your photography.
It’s an open, monthly submission, but for Brighton Fashion Week he chose 14 photographers to submit a fashion editorial.
The photographers were:
Paul Vickery, Valerie Phillips, Eleni Mettyear, Alex Wein, Kevin Mason, Daniel Evans & Brendan Baker, Lara Alegre, Francesca Allen, Sam Clifford Harding, Sam Hiscox, Kenny McCracken, Natasha Bidgood, Natasha Alipour-Faridani, Matt Martin.
Last night was the first time that Valerie Phillips had exhibited. Her work work hit me, a naked, hairy androgynous model looks at you with so much calm and confidence, it’s empowering and sexy. Matt is publishing her zine later this month.
Matt is taken submissions for the next Photocopy Club in London, deadline is 18th June, more info: http://tmblr.co/ZO2-gwL-67Zv
Brighton Fashion Week 2012 - Zeitgeist
I shot the Zeitgeist show for Pretty Litter Mag last night. My first fashion show, it was Christmas for me, I was excited to be shooting something new. All the photographers in the pit were well behaved and helping each other, not always the case when everyone’s fighting to get the best shots, as time wasted is a shot lost. Get comfortable, get there early, get a good spot on the same level as the models.
It was a different kind of theatre for me, as it was live you could feel the rush of the audience and the photographers when they loved a designer. Your fascination goes wild when the pieces come alive and your shutter goes crazy and the piece is gone so soon. On the right model, they will sing, lots of respect to the models that have the confidence to walk & showcase in a circus situation, those that can, shine with the fun that they are having.
So do the photographs.
The last designer put on the best show, video intro, lights changed, models were more choreographed. This was more cinematic. Jess Eaton showcased here last year and since then everyone has known who she is and what she does. Pretty Litter dedicated a 3 page spread + a striking front cover to her.
Her attitude and designs are fierce + fun.
Taking roadside offerings of dead animals and re-incarnating them into fashion pieces, via the taxidermy she learnt as a child, she gives death more respect by making the animals live again. More interesting than the usually couture way of buying overpriced feathers from suppliers, her suppliers are the public who donate their findings to her shop.
I photographed Hannah from this band a few months ago as part of a g3 Steampunk review, loved her music, bought the album. Now they’re my favourite Brighton band, talented, lovely and fun.
Hannah asked me to photograph their single launch at The Marlborough, sorry for the delay, glad the photos are up now ahead of their album launch this Thursday…fb event ‘The Bear’s Revenge’ http://on.fb.me/Jlug24 Before they are due to support Mumford & Sons.
Their folk music is dark & beautiful, I hope my pix reflect that. The gig was packed & they put on a great show. Managed to get some more friends hooked.
Kitty Underhill — Actors Headshots
Kitty’s Casting Call Pro Profile
I photographed a performance of Beth Radish, on stills and video. In the dark of my Studio. At moments I would take a photo and the light would flash, leaving an image burnt into my eyes.
Beth’s performing persona is a clown and this piece toys with the ideas of participation, expectation and experience.
Later, she performed for an audience with impressive results.
For more on Beth’s performance in her own words, click here.
Painting the Female Nude
My first exhibition gave me a wonderful feeling of completeness when I printed my work and displayed it for the first time…Even though this work, unlike my commercial photography, doesn’t have to answer to anyone, I still had closure when the viewers understood what I was doing with this kind of photography, turning it into painting.
These are some photos of the shoot, not ones exhibited, but they give you a sense of what we were up to. Click to enlarge.
I photographed artist Alex Burrows-Mcgill, painting a performance of Beth Radish, at my Studio 13. The photos I took were inspired by the atmosphere of these 2 artists, that worked at ease together. Beth’s performance was messy & fun, so were Alex’s paintings.
The photos above are part of that collection, ‘Painting the Female Nude’ more of which were exhibited at the Brighton Media Centre for part of ‘Introducing…’ an exhibition showcasing local up and coming artists. To be involved with them contact Beth firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos of exhibition on my previous post ‘Introducing…’
Introducing…A Free Exhibition Showcasing Local Artists in Brighton.
A one day only pop up exhibition at the Brighton Media Centre showcasing a selection of up and coming local artists.
This was the first exhibition curated by Beth Radish & Mima Chovancova, with 6 artists working in differenct mediums.
Alice Gough: Sculpture
Emma O’Neill: Painting
Joanna Brown: Sculpture
Beth Radish: Performance/Film
Mima Chovancova: Painting
Read Beth’s blog about the exhibition here
I chose 3 photographs from a collection which I shot recently of an artist, Alex Burrows-McGill painting a live performance of Beth Radish. The resulting photographs, inspired by the other 2 artists, resembled the paintings, in their texture & movement and this was enhanced when Colourstream printed them onto fine art water colour paper.
The whole piece: performance, painting & photography were called ‘Painting the Female Nude’
VICTORIANA EXTRAVAGANZA — DOLLS Film Fundraiser
Elena Saorin, the writer/director of upcoming DOLLS short film. Hosted a Steampunk themed, interactive theatrical fundraiser at the Rock Inn, Brighton.
DOLLS is a beautiful story about the adventures of a human doll and her companions, three Teddies, isolated from the world in an old Victorian house. Until one day, the doll receives a note from the outside world.
Elena and her performers Pyratrix Circus and arts collective Circus Kinetica took over 2 floors at the Rock Inn last Sat, with Dickensian Steampunk. It was beautiful seeing so many people come together for a project they loved and believed in. I was lighting their set in the day and came back to photograph the event at night. The public’s reaction to the performers interacting with them was glorious…screaming, laughing & staring, they realised the more you interacted with them the more you got out of the experience. People learnt to take a leap of faith into an unknowns hands and seeing where they take you.
More photos on their fb page http://on.fb.me/H5g4Xa
For more information and to donate to this passionate project www.indiegogo.com/DOLLS