Art & Design blog: Photography
A few behind the scenes shots from our photoshoot with Palmolive + Prudence.
Don’t forget to check out the results from the photoshoot itself.
XETH spent a chilly day shooting on the south coast, for freelance event manager and florist Palmolive + Prudence.
We wanted to introduce the colour and delicacy of flowers to the harsh, weathered landscape of the coast. Our mood boards were inspired by the repetition and shapes of a kaleidoscope, as well as the softer minimalism and the human form.
We can’t thank Kat and Sophie enough for their help on the day, in helping us deliver our vision.
Photographer: Ricky Thakrar
Model: Sophie Bale
Production Assistant: Kat Felstead
Florist: Palmolive + Prudence
Rajesh Soni is an Indian artist living in Udaipur, Rajasthan where he manages Gallery One. He is well known for his hand painted digital photographs, sketching and drawing. Rajesh is the son of artist Lalit Soni and the grandson of Prabhu Lal Soni, who was once court photographer to the Maharana Sir Bhopal Singh of Mewar. The skills of hand-coloring photographs were passed down to Rajesh through the intermediary of his father.
Rajesh has also collaborated on various creative projects with American photographer and writer Waswo X. Waswo since 2007. Their joint work featured in the exhibition ‘A Studio in Rajasthan’ which toured India and led to further exhibitions throughout Europe. Their next joint exhibition, organised by Tasveer Gallery, is titled ‘Photowallah’ and opens on 8th October at Exhibition 320, Delhi.
At what age did you start to take an interest in the field you work in?
Since the age of 12 I have been interested in art because I saw my father panting. He was my first teacher.
What’s your proudest achievement so far?
I am so happy and lucky that I chose art in my life. I have been showing my work in countries including Italy, France, Germany and Switzerland. In India I got the chance to work with Waswo X. Waswo who is an American photographer living in Udaipur for the past 12 years. I work as a hand colourist for his black and white photos.
What’s the most challenging aspect of your work?
It’s not easy being an artist and it’s not easy to find honest people who will support your work.
What are your top three favourite songs?
‘Beautiful’ by James Blunt, ‘Lean On’ ft. MO by Major Lazer & DJ Snake and ‘Anga La De’ from the Bollywood movie Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-leela.
What is your favourite art gallery and why?
I love my own art gallery, Gallery One Udaipur because each work is unique and different.
Have you got any exciting projects coming up in the near future?
I am working on photoshoots about the lives of women and their amazing support.
If you weren’t an artist what other career would you have chosen?
What advice would you give to younger people who want to work in the creative industry?
Be happy and enjoy the moment. Don’t run after things!
To see more of Rajesh Soni’s work, please visit his Instagram account; rajeshsoniudaipur
At what age did you start to take an interest in art?
I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t interested in art.
As a child, I spent a lot of time with my Grandmother, who was incredibly creative – she really encouraged me to make and to draw.
Have you got any exciting projects/commissions coming up in the near future?
I’m really excited about an upcoming collaboration with Black & Blue Restaurants to produce large scale works for their Wimpole St branch. They are very supportive and really enthusiastic about forging relationships with artists, I’m fortunate to be working with them.
This project has also given me the opportunity to collaborate with an amazing Fine Art Printer, Agnieszka Gadomska-Miles. She has an artist’s eye and has really enabled me to re-look at the work which is not only essential for this particular project, but will, I hope, inform future work
I also have a couple of exhibitions lined up in the next few months including Start13 at the Bermondsey Project Space in Feb plus the next Plan.Open show, ‘SuperScale’, curated by Artch’s at Arbeit’s new gallery in Hackney Wick. This kicks off early March and promises to be a really interesting show.
Please could you tell us a bit more about your work and the medium you work in?
My practice is multi-disciplinary, primarily focused upon drawing, painting and collage and often mediated via projection and photography.
I’m interested in the possibilities of creating nostalgic and/or psychological narratives that explore the often unreliable and slippery nature of memory.
What three things, be it a book, song, film, have inspired your most recent body of work?
1. I’m slightly obsessed by online or cyber culture, in particular the voyeuristic nature of its spectatorship, this has definitely inspired many of the ideas behind my work.
2. Although not necessarily an inspiration, but the combination of intrigue, fear and joy that I remember feeling as a child when I watched films like The Wizard of Oz or the animation of Ray Harryhausen (often from behind the sofa!) informs much of the work that I make.
3. I also read a lot of Ballard’s short stories when I first started this body of work … artist reading Ballard is a terrible cliche I know, but there you go…
If you could work for a client you haven’t yet dealt with who would it be and why?
I’ve never really thought about working for a client, it feels counter-intuitive to the process of being an artist. A client generally involves a brief and at this point I’d much rather make work independently and freely and then see how people respond to it.
Its incredibly self-indulgent, I know, but I make the work to please myself and as a response to or exploration of the world as I experience it, Its rewarding if it resonates for other people but I don’t want that to be the drive behind its production… although my bank balance would probably be a little healthier if I did.
If you weren’t an artist what other career would you have chosen?
I’ve recently been to see Fuerza Bruta at The Roundhouse – my daughter’s and I have decided that we’d like to run away and join them….
I actually already had a career before becoming an artist. I worked in television, initially in the puppet workshop at Spitting Image during the late 80’s/early 90‘s. I then moved into TV production where I freelanced until I had my third child (and my planned year long maternity leave expanded into 10 years!).
Alongside my work as an artist, I’m an arts volunteer for Kids Company and would definitely like to get more involved with the work that they do, they’re an amazing organization. They use Art Psychotherapy with many of their clients, that would certainly be an appealing alternative career.
Images Copyright Suzanne De Emmony
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