July 27, 2014

Welcome Simon Loach

" Trying to make photographs that no longer look like photographs. And then again, maybe some that do. Usually images of people but with the occasional something else making the odd appearance." Simon Loach



"Come back to me, who wait and watch for you Or come not yet, for it is over then, And long it is before you come again, So far between my pleasures are and few." Christina Georgina Rossetti

After 235 First Features, it becomes harder and harder to write about an artist, photographer in this case. As you know I don't really talk about the backstages, the way they shoot, how, when... No, I prefer to talk about their why, and my wows! It's so difficult to create. I mean to Create. To give your own truth. Simon Loach inspired me these words because his art is true and deep is his talent.

Someone said : " ... his photographs blend words, people and places together in a wonderfully evocative fashion" and Simon is not sure about that. And he's right. First, in French, the word "fashion" is not appropriate at all to the work of Simon Loach. "Style" would be better. And second, he says nothing about the signature of this artist.

The work of Simon is so emotional and creative, with a captivating etched style coming "from a different time", as he says himself. He loves that, to change of time.

Simon loves two quotes : "Any photographer who says he's not a voyeur is either stupid or a liar" from Helmut Newton, and " Oh let me see your beauty when the witnesses are gone, Let me feel you moving like they do in Babylon" by Leonard Cohen. As you see, reality and poetry appear in all his pictural or litterary choices for a fantastic result.

When you'll read his words, you'll understand this way he choosed to express all his inner beauty. And what a result !

A big Welcome, Simon. Glad to see you here !


"In the dark"

From Ivory Flame, Art Model, :

" Very easy going, treated me well and with respect, and kept me happy with chocolate biscuits. What more could a girl want ?"

Art Model Ivory Flame

From Rebecca Imogen Tun, Art Model, Painter and Photographer :

" Simon is one of the most creative and talented photographers I've worked with. Our shoot together definitely goes in my top 3 favourite shoots ever. He has his own unique style which I love, but is also extremely versatile, ready to be inspired by his surroundings and his model and bring a fresh load of talent and resourcefulness to every new theme. He is great fun to work with and extremely interesting to talk to. If you want to meet a true artist then I would definitely recommend working with Simon."

"July 1921"
Art Model Rebecca Imogen Tun

" Rebecca Imogen Tun , (professor to be) of linguistics, model and rather talented photographer as well."

In his own words, written just for us :

"Mona 10"
Art Model Mona

I originally used to say I was trying to make photographs that no longer look like photographs.

On reflection I think what I meant was photographs that look as if they where taken in a different era, like they belong to a bunch of undiscovered negatives from a different time.

I want them to be simulacra, images that look like they belong to a past, but that past never really happened. Images that look like the sound of scratches on old jazz records.

I mainly use digital but happily mix and match with 120 film. I think the best quote I’ve ever heard about the relationship between the two is “digital is like a rough sketch, whereas film's like a Caravaggio”.

I tend to use titles from whatever music I'm listening to at the time and often swap them around when I find they are better suited to a different image.

"Come back to haunt me come what may..."
Art Model Rebecca Imogen Tun

"A mixture of 120 film for the main image and bits of digital found objects for the textures, etc."

His blog

"I don't want words I want oblivion..."

Art Model Joceline


La Dolce Vita said...

absolutely fabulous work!

The Josie Baggley Company said...

I'm a great fan of Si's work. He has such a recognisable style & depth to his work.