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John Knightís Pre-Raphaelite themed works

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« on: October 14, 2009, 11:46:09 pm »

Dom Henry put some questions to Pre-Raphaelite loving photographer John Knight



John Knight's photographic (yes this is a photo!) take on The Lady of Shallot

John Knightís era-spanning work encapsulates the fragile beauty of Pre-Raphaelite art with cutting-edge photography, creating a fascinating twist on art history...

What was the inspiration for your Pre-Raphaelite themed works?
The beauty and the familiarity of those paintings, which Iíve seen since I was a child. I loved the stories behind them too, like Pandoraís Box and Tennysonís poem The Lady of Shallot. Having wondered if it was possible to produce something similar, I tried one in the studio. It was hard work to get it right but when I finished the first one I liked the look and it spurred me on.

Did you find them challenging to create?
Two challenges arose in doing these. Firstly, the realisation that the Pre-Raphaelites manipulated their images, which was a shock to me. Itís especially obvious in Leightonís Flaming June, in that you canít reproduce it physically. You literally canít get a model to do that pose, believe me Iíve tried! Leighton had an idealised idea in his mind and created the painting to fit that idea, not what he saw in front of him. So they were Photoshopping in their own way. The second challenge was the detail in the pictures. Getting the props and the background correct took a lot of work, along with finding a model with the right look.
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John Knight's photographic take on Venus

What got you into photography?
I got into it through jewellery. About ten years ago I had a growing collection of costume jewellery and I thought it would be a good idea to write a book about it. I didn’t want to have the jewellery photographed on a black cushion. Fabulous pieces deserve to be worn and shown on a woman as they were intended. Not knowing how to go about it I hired a studio and a model for couple of hours and had a go at it. It was much more difficult than I imagined. Through trial and error I got more experienced at shooting jewellery, put together a little studio at home and started collecting props like a period wardrobe and equipment. I then realised I was into the photography as much as the jewellery.

What drew you towards fashion?
I’m always drawn to classic detail and design and I’m a nostalgic person... I’m very sentimental. I have a strong attraction to the art deco period from the 1920s and 30s, which is where most of my costume jewellery and fashion collected used to come from. So that’s the style I started to get into, collecting vintage outfits and jewellery.

What was your big break?
I found some old vintage items with the Jaeger label, after using them for some photos I sent the pictures to Jaeger. They liked the pictures but disputed whether it was Jaeger. A trip to London followed and they agreed they were genuine, got very much on my side and got me doing images of vintage Jaeger items for their archive. Similar initiatives gradually got me more work and I started to get referrals. I haven’t looked back since.

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Venus
Inspired by Rossetti's Venus Verticordia
Photo by John Knight (c)
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Pandora
Inspired by Rosetti’s 1869 painting
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Young Elizabeth
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Tasha
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Godiva
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Tasha
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Prosperpine
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Madame X
Inspired by John Singer Sargent's 1884 painting
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Madame X (variation)
Inspired by John Singer Sargent's 1884 painting
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Ares
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Grecian
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Othello
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« Reply #14 on: October 14, 2009, 11:58:54 pm »

Fashion and Fine Art photography with a vintage style



Art Deco Studio brings you exciting fashion photography, recreating the styles of the 1930’s through to the present day. The Proprietor and photographer is John Knight supported by a team of make-up, styling and fashion colleagues.

We specialise in photographic projects that create beautiful images of the fashions and splendour of the art of clothing and jewellery design.

Our extensive wardrobe of fashion items and jewellery contains unique pieces from the great designers of the 20th and 21st Centuries.

We undertake fashion photography for clients who range from individual designers to high fashion houses.

Models are always required to assist us, details for applying to us are contained on the Become a Model page.

Many of the unique and exciting images we have created over the last few years are available to purchase as Limited Edition Prints; see details under Fine Art Sales.
http://www.artdecostudio.com/
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