British Hairdresser’s Awards – Art Director (series 1)

I worked with Hairdresser Sam Nathan from Martin Gold Salon and Photographer Will White to create this series of photographs for the 1994 British Hairdresser’s Awards. We had to submit 4 photographs that all have a theme. This series shows the “History of the curl” and is inspired by 4 centuries of fine art. Each hair piece was created by Sam. I had not seen the pieces until the actual shoot day. All models are seated in a bent wooden backdrop that I hand painted and textured with plaster. The models bodies were painted with Acrylics to make them look like a painting ( as opposed to a painting to try to look like the model) All props were hand made and painted. Please note that ALL images were not computerized in any way. That was their rule back then.
The British Hairdresser’s Journal who were the judges of this Award for the Avant Garde category chose us for the finalists. They published our picture in their magazine and wrote an article on us. As finalists we had to then create a second series of 4 more photos. You can see series 2 here.

Series One:

bronzino-16thcent-th1-1

16th Century

The plastered background and body were painted with Acrylics. The vase was created with chicken wire, paper and painted with Acrylics The hair was sculpted with curled up hair pieces. The whole look was inspired by the 16th Cenutry Artist Bronzino.

rembrand-tth1-2

17th Century

The plastered background, draped muslin and body were painted with Acrylics. The high hair shape was created with built up sculpted curls applied to a wire frame. This bold romantic look was inspired by the 17th century artist Rembrandt.

18thcent-th1-3

19th Century

The plastered background, draped muslin and body were painted with Acrylics. The hair piece was created with pipe cleaners, wire and hair. The whole look was inspired by the 19th Cenutry Impressionists Renoir and Monet.

20thcent-th1-4

20th Century

This look was inspired by the expressionist Artist Franz Kline. The hair piece was made to appear like a large brush mark, with the use of sculpted hair pieces applied to shaped hessian. The textured backdrop and body were painted with Acylics.