23 – 27 April 2014 Dubai Marina, Dubai
“To see the surface from below means to see the light”
I recently photographed my beautiful friend Gill Kenny as part of a personal project, focusing on aspects of research regarding a film that I am working on (more on that later). The project is also related to femininity, form and finding our own feminine voice and this portrait not only signifies a great change in Gill’s life, but also change in my own life too. Gill is an inspiration to me in more ways than one; she is a strong and utterly independent woman. She has a job that leaves little room for femininity, yet she always maintains a balance between being a girl and being a girl in “man’s” world. This portrait is an illustration of how I know her: a whimsical (yet centered), bubbly girl who has always wanted to be a mermaid. For me the image is an illustration of change and certain choices I am making in my own career and personal life and in the knowing that being in flux is not always a bad thing.
The portrait was taken in a studio and various layers of material, water and painterly effects where layered to create this composite. Lighting set-up was done by using a single flash and some ambient mixed light.
Photographer and Composite: Karien Mulder
Assistant: Celeste Muller
Model: Gill Kenny