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Giclee print on archival paper, numbered and signed.

DESCRIPTION

This is Billie, an actor and a friend. Years ago, we were meant to work together on a music video, a job that ultimately fell apart. And I never managed to cast her again, something that remains one of my biggest professional regrets.

This past year has been rough for Billie. Rough enough that she needed a big change. So now, like many before her, she’s off on a one way ticket to Europe. Her loft - which hasn't been styled, this is how she lived there - was her safe space, a quiet room amongst the hurly burly of Newtown where she could just be. Now, instead of a spacious loft, her entire life has been constricted to a tiny bag as she adventures off to who knows there.

This image came about because we both wanted to create some art. Something to memorialize that room as a marker of where she came from.

I’ve posted a previous portrait session from Billie’s room where, because of a perfectly placed window giving gorgeous natural light and some judicious smoke, I got a beautiful god ray. I wanted to try the same trick again with this shoot, but unfortunately the winter sun didn’t hit the window at the right angle this time. So I lit it instead, finding something that felt natural.

Sometimes it’s nice to create for no other reason than creating.

TAGS

photographic art, portrait, nude, photography, loft, artist, smoking, bed, bedroom, painterly