Royal Academy Artists

"Is it possible to project the personality of someone you don't know in a photograph?"
When Royal Academy Artists agreed to be photographed they were probably unaware of what was going to take place during the shoot. Only a couple of conditions were placed on me: twenty minutes, no lights and no moving any furniture. My aim was to draw out visually an emotional, physical response from them; polite conversation, sprinkled with shocking and rude comments evoked the required responses. Initially they were offended and surprised until I explained my methods. Willi Soukop I remember with a sense of joy; I was taken to the garden and was shown a piece that Willi had made for the Academy which lay in the long grass. He had created it at the time his cataracts were being removed so he had decided to do the sculpture blindfolded. He asked me to close my eyes and run my hands over it and feel the object. To my surprise a naked torso of a woman appeared in my mind. Willi Soukop had wanted to display the sculpture with a sign saying "please touch" but to his disappointment the Academy refused. The final shot I chose was of Willi Soukop with his eyes closed as a compliment to him and his creativity.

Royal Academy Artists

"Is it possible to project the personality of someone you don't know in a photograph?"
When Royal Academy Artists agreed to be photographed they were probably unaware of what was going to take place during the shoot. Only a couple of conditions were placed on me: twenty minutes, no lights and no moving any furniture. My aim was to draw out visually an emotional, physical response from them; polite conversation, sprinkled with shocking and rude comments evoked the required responses. Initially they were offended and surprised until I explained my methods. Willi Soukop I remember with a sense of joy; I was taken to the garden and was shown a piece that Willi had made for the Academy which lay in the long grass. He had created it at the time his cataracts were being removed so he had decided to do the sculpture blindfolded. He asked me to close my eyes and run my hands over it and feel the object. To my surprise a naked torso of a woman appeared in my mind. Willi Soukop had wanted to display the sculpture with a sign saying "please touch" but to his disappointment the Academy refused. The final shot I chose was of Willi Soukop with his eyes closed as a compliment to him and his creativity.