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MEL BAGSHAW PART 1

Posted in Uncategorized by faultmagazine on February 7, 2010

By: Amandine Paulandre

I have a long tradition in the Arts beginning with a Fine Art painting degree from Central Saint Martins and then a long career as a freelance illustrator working for a long list of advertising and editorial clients. I started my photography education with degree at the University of Westminster followed by an MA at the London College of Fashion.

My approach to photography has been very much influenced from my past experiences as a painter and illustrator and like to produce work that has a
strong sense of narrative. I am influenced less by other photographers and more by painting and cinema in terms of composition, colour and light.

I have been working on personal ongoing project since 2006 entitled ‘9 Lives’. It is a series of photographs featuring dead models immediately after an act of suicide. Looking at the photographs, we approach each subject, not after a long time has elapsed and nature has taken its course, but frozen at the very moment of death. These figures still have ‘fresh blood’ in their veins; they are still beautiful, perhaps even more beautiful in death as their anxieties have left their bodies.

The photographs adopt the language of fashion with their staged poses, constructed environments, attention to detail and careful choice of clothes, accessories and environments. They influenced by the imagery of reportage photography, the constructed tableaux of early photography (including post mortem photography), Renaissance and Victorian painting with their visual clues, lighting and subtext.

They also assimilate the look and feel of film stills from directors who worked with, or were influenced by early Technicolor. However as a whole, the photographs draw on a long tradition of romantic themes of suicide, tragic endings and noble deaths in art, literature, poetry, music, film and theatre.


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  1. sue connolly said, on March 5, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    are you the Mel from Rochdale ? ?

    • Mel Bagshaw said, on June 5, 2010 at 2:44 pm

      Just seen your comment today (5th June 2010) Yes it is me……Mel Bagshaw from Rochdale. You have no idea of how your name brought back so many great memories. Contact me via my website or at info@melbagshaw.com
      Would love to hear from you.


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