Scarlet Page: Meraki

We caught up with Scarlet Page, who has recently started a new project, photographing artists in their studios. 

woman sitting at desk with colourful art work.

© - Scarlet Page

Man standing in doorway in red coat with stencil and scissors in hand.

© - Scarlet Page

Images ©Scarlet Page

“I was very proud to see my exhibition of local artists ‘meraki’ open at Creativ . Spaces last night.
As a follow on from my ‘Buddy’ series - where I captured 60 children socially distanced with their comfort toys, this latest project captures artists in their studio spaces.
The pandemic has hit everyone on so many levels - be it emotionally, financially or wellbeing. The creative industry especially has struggled through this difficult period. Much like the comfort toys of the children, artists seek solace and reassurance in ‘making art.’ 

Through a series of photographic portraits I wanted to capture the artists in their ‘creative spaces’ -
in the space they love - that feels safe, that reflects creativity and resilience through every mark made on canvas or clay.
Raising funds for #mindcharity.”

Images ©Scarlet Page

Tina K Shoots Edweena Banger

We checked in with photographer Tina K this week, about her latest shoot with Edweena Banger, a transgender punk rock star. 

“This is an impromptu photoshoot with singer and multi-instrumentalist Edweena Banger at her gig in St Moritz this week. I hadn’t brought my lights for the live gig, and didn’t really want to use a direct camera flash, so we used a hanging ceiling light as our light source. It worked, didn’t it? 

© - Tina K

© - Tina K

 Edweena was born Edward Garrity and raised in Wythenshawe, Manchester, at one time, the largest council estate in Europe.  

Sharing a love of all things Glam with school friend Mick Rossi, who went on to form Slaughter & the Dogs, led to Ed being a roadie at the Sex Pistols legendary second Manchester gig in 1976, Slaughter & the Dogs being support.  

Following this, Ed formed The Nosebleeds and became a fixture in the 1977 punk wars, later being invited by Mick to be part of a new look Slaughter & the Dogs, releasing ‘Bite Back’ in 1980. Confusion, and suppression of who she really was, was a constant.  

Images ©Tina K 

However, you learn fast how to bite back with roots like ex-football hooligan Edweena’s, and I’m not talking about her hair… Heartache, and a brain hemorrhage (In 1991 she collapsed on a promo photoshoot on the verge of her big TV break to appear with Mark Lamarr on channel 4’s Access All Areas) all followed, but like another Wythenshawe survivor Tyson Fury, Edweena doesn’t pull any punches.

Oh also, I forgot to mention, we had such a laugh when we did the shoot. She is amazing, and amazingly funny!”

© - Tina K

© - Tina K

Images ©Tina K 

Edweena’s new album Diamond Rocks is out 14 December. 

Julie Edwards: Monochrome

Julie Edwards is one of our Sussex-based photographers. She is well known for her high profile celebrity event coverage from around the World. Her style is unique and her back catalogue impressive. 

‘Monochrome’ is a curated exhibition of her work which will be showing on the south coast from this weekend. The monochrome theme for her images captures the dreamy, old-age feel of red carpet events, while allowing in-depth exploration of light and dark shades.

We asked Julie why she favours monochrome over colour;

“So often I am asked ‘why do you shoot monochrome so much” or “why is your feed from #cannes all black and white’ I think if comes down to three things. 

1. I learnt to photograph in black and white on film like many photographers my age. I think that once you learn to see in light and shade, to read the light and how it affects the image, it is very difficult to see any other way and although I understand and control colour, #monochrome is my root. 

Image ©Julie Edwards

2. It’s the classic ‘Glamour’ image, think back to the images of the stars in the ’60’s, black and white, harsh light, I love that photography and in my own small way, I try to bring my version of this glamorous image. 

3. The final reason is quite basic. Stripping out the colour strips put a level of complexity in the
image, it leaves just the emotion, laying the person and moment totally open…”

Are there any events you have particularly enjoyed shooting?

“I love cannes - the nature of the red carpet- the positions of the photographers, the hustle and speed means you can make photographs there that are unmistakably “cannes” and which are like no other event.”

Monochrome is at East Beach Studios in Worthing, Sussex and will run from 20th November - 23rd December.

Image ©Julie Edwards

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