A portrait of Rowena Macdonald

Posted in wrought by juliobesq on April 18, 2014

Rowena Macdonald by Julian Baker

“Rowena Macdonald”
London, January 2014
Julian Baker

From the series “Novelists

I’ll admit to be quite shallow and buying books because I like the jacket, sometimes the blurb will put me off, other times not. A jacket with a good title? Pretty much a given.

I saw a copy of Rowena Macdonald’s “Smoked meat” face up on the display table in a book shop (yes, another admittance of shallowness, no shelf browsing for me), and was immediately tempted.

A series of interconnected stories, think the way Robert Altman threaded together Raymond Carver’s stories for “Short Cuts”. The first features a nude life drawing model, reading the author biography it turns out that Rowena Macdonald drew on experience, having modelled herself.

As humans we see patterns where none exist, but that has never stopped me from acting from our mind’s compulsion to see order in the flux. Ostensively my “Novelists” series is loosely corralled around documenting the so called “off beat” scene, as labelled by 3AM magazine. Reading signs like tasseomancy, it turns out they’ve interviewed her.

Rowena, once convinced that I wasn’t requiring her to pose naked kindly agreed to have her portrait taken. And here it is.

She also thinks “Another girl, another planet” is the greatest pop song written. A fact I could only argue with if you claimed “Teenage kicks” was.

Bale – a new Skintones portrait

Posted in wrought by juliobesq on September 30, 2011

London, September 2011
A portrait from the Skintones series

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Kitty Brucknell out-take appears in The Sun

Posted in caught, wrought by juliobesq on August 22, 2011

Kitty Brucknell image as appears in The Sun

Dropping some negatives off today at the developers I arrived midway through a debate about the merits of various X Factor contestants, something normally off my radar. But a name cropped up that sounded familiar: Kitty Brucknell.

She posed for me once I causally remark. Much excitement. “Have you seen the picture of her wearing only a pink bra in The Sun” I’m asked. No….

Then, there before me filling The Sun’s online page is an out-take shot during warm-ups for the portrait. Turns out it’s todays front page story.

Strange Days.

Plaster #8 (Barrier) – a new Skintones portrait

Posted in caught by juliobesq on July 14, 2011

Plaster #8 (Barrier)
London, July 2011
A portrait from the Skintones series

Invisible – a new Closet portrait

Posted in wrought by juliobesq on April 23, 2011

London, March 2011
A portrait from the Closet series

Coupled, Friends #1

Posted in wrought by juliobesq on January 16, 2011

“Coupled, Friends #1
London, December 2010
From the “Coupled”  series

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Vaudeville Ruin portrait

Posted in wrought by juliobesq on October 17, 2009

‘Vaudeville Ruin’
Fire eater. Burlesque performer. Hula Queen.
London, October 2009

Hamam masseurs

Posted in wrought by juliobesq on August 13, 2009

Hammam masseur   Hammam masseur   Hammam

Hamam masseurs, part of an ongoing series


Posted in brought by juliobesq on August 3, 2009

Dancing man

My rangefinder is dead. It was made the same year as me.

In Turkey they still repair objects rather than replace them. But not my camera, it is beyond repair.

This is George. We met at Battersea Arts Centre where in the ballroom they still hold tea dances.

It is the only photo of interest from the test roll I shot. Originally I surmised I had not mastered focusing on a rangefinder, but since the moment when the focal ring fell out on the beach, unattached to the lens, I think differently. I have also missed the morning rays learning much about vintage cameras and bidding for a replacement under eBay’s midnight luminescence. Time for me to say hello to the sun again, and for you to say hello to George, the dancing man.

Slow Club portrait

Posted in wrought by juliobesq on May 6, 2009

Slow Club

I am rather taken with Slow Club, so asked if I could do their portrait. Turned out nice as they say.

They are as delightful live and in person as they on record, is currently featuring them so you can judge for yourself, along with the very great Emmy the Great and Psapp going acoustic. The Black Cab Sessions on a bandstand if you will. 

Fact: Slow Club like my home-made bread.

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