The Debut Girls

This small body of work which I produced in 2008 is inspired in part by iconic images of religious saints, martyrs and images of women from myth and legend as rendered in 19th Century academic paintings.

"Girl Hiding With Horse, from The Debut Girls 2008

“Girl Hiding With Horse”, from The Debut Girls 2008

"Blossoms", from The Debut Girls 2008

“Blossoms”, from The Debut Girls 2008

The photographs deal, superficially, with purity and innocence associated with age old perceptions of the virgin/maiden/bride, although at heart lie concepts of the truth about assumed and chosen identity, the crux of being individual and alike in our society.

"Blossom Bride", from The Debut Girls 2008

“Blossom Bride”, from The Debut Girls 2008

"Gloves", from The Debut Girls 2008

“Gloves”, from The Debut Girls 2008

The Debut Girls comments on changing views of gender perception; here utilising the archetypes of innocence and stereotype through the use of certain symbols and objects in the picture space.

The subjects and objects are documented so as to communicate a sense of isolation and the duality between beauty and restriction, perception and reality.

To see the rest of the series you can look here. Below are pages and details from my visual diary from the time.

Pages from my visual diary of the time shows the reference images I begin this process from.

Pages from my visual diary of the time shows the reference images I begin this process from.

The images from these pages reflect the process of thinking and creation to some extent. The main portrait shoot took place in a beautiful nectarine orchard and on a stud farm in Paarl where I brought my models (family members and friend) along with specially selected “props”. I shot the series on my twin lens Mamiya C3.

Images from my visual diary of the time show contact sheets, test strips, notes and sketches.

Images from my visual diary of the time show contact sheets, test strips, notes and sketches.

I exhibited the series as part of the Month of Photography in 2008.

Details from my visual diary during The Debut Girls production.

Details from my visual diary during The Debut Girls production.

 

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