It’s been a while…

It’s been a while…

I can’t type (or say) that phrase without hearing that song in my head… well anyway, it’s been a while huh?

I apologise for my absence, which I will now explain away with a reason containing two parts:

  1. My health; it’s been shite. My insides hate me. The doctors aren’t sure why, but I have excruciating abdominal pain, and until they find the reason I’m on pain meds that make me feel like the green fairy navigating the fog. I’ve already had one round of investigative keyhole surgery, which proved to be unproductive. I’ve also had an endoscopy, a colonoscopy and a CT scan in the last month. It’s been pretty brutal. Still waiting for the results for the latter two tests. So whilst that’s all going on my energy is lacking and I have felt lack lustre about blogging. Not to mention my scanner has been very temperamental.
  2. YouTube. Yup YouTube. I am now making gaming videos! Why? Because I love Zelda and I want you all to love Zelda. It also gives my week a schedule; record, edit, upload. It helps keep me going. It’s also a brilliant distraction from the pain also, and I hope it takes off.

 

So there, my apologies for my absence. Please check out my channel, and if you feel inclined, like and sub, I’d really love that. I am still making work, albeit slowly, and you can see that on my newly revamped site: Jemma Bannocks.com

I do plan to finish my archive series, I just need to get the scanner settled. There’s some really awesome display of skills coming up that I don’t want you to miss out on. Think bleach, drawn on flowers and letraset’d super emo lyrics!

Take care, I do miss you.

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Flowers and the Afterlife

Flowers and the Afterlife

 

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Throughout the years, my faith has been shattered, but I still hope there is an afterlife and that the way to it is traversing the universe. Sometimes I dream of the massive expanse, the scale of the planets and formations of the stars. I wake up feeling at peace.

Perhaps when we go back to the earth, we then go to the heavens, causing it to expand. I hope so. Either way, I wish that when I’m gone, my ashes are mingled into the nebulae, and I can join the celestial spheres.

More at Cargo//JemmaBannocks

Models: Myself, Jodie & Aemelia Fox

Macbeth

Macbeth

On the 31st October, I was asked to photograph the technical/costume rehearsal of an all female production of Macbeth by Tigz Theatre at the London Welsh Centre.

It was incredibly challenging as I only knew the basic plot, and spent most of the time pacing up and down to get the best shot, all in “real time” (and I had only time for one attempt), whilst being very aware that I had to be “non distracting”. I’m also used to being fully in control and dealing with natural lighting!

Followers will know that I’ve photographed a lot of women, and the cast of Macbeth were the most beautiful, dynamic and engaging. Wonderful on and off stage, I only wish I could have photographed more rehearsals! And I hope you like these as much as I do.

For full cast information please visit the Tigz Theatre site.

If you’re interested in seeing the full production photographs, or wish to inquire about a production being photographed please contact me; jemmabannocks@icloud.com

Edit: the whole album can be viewed Macbeth

B&W Experiments (nsfw)

B&W Experiments (nsfw)

 

Model: Totem

I’m not sure to what end these images will arrive at, but this is a concept that I started in my second year at uni, and for various reasons, moved on from using the addition of lines and colour.

It’s a slight homage to Lillian Bassman and 80’s electro pop album art.

As always, thoughts are very much appreciated.

This is a WIP hence the ugly watermarking.

The Naked Lady

The Naked Lady

I love photographing women, and not because I’m some dirty old pervert, using their camera as a way to get chicks undressed, but because the female form fascinates me. I’m not a lesbian or even bisexual, I just think that as imagery goes, the naked female is incredibly beautiful naturally, and now with the rise of alternative fashion, it now comes adorned.

Continuing the journey of the female nude in art – the medium shifting to photography, the audience exceeding the lover and the subject exceeding the mistress.

Lottey SG 2013

Lottey SG 2013

“A woman’s presence expresses her own attitude to herself, and defines what can and can’t be done to her.”

John Berger, Ways of Seeing

RoseMo SG 2013

RoseMo SG 2013

“She turns herself into an object… an object of vision: a sight.”

– John Berger, Ways of Seeing

Natalie Philips 2013

Natalie Philips 2013

Aemelia Fox 2013

Aemelia Fox 2013

I don’t think Berger’s comments on the presence of women should be conveyed negatively. The modern woman should intepret his observations as women being very much aware of their sexuality and sexual power, not that she should be presenting herself for to the standard of pleasure set by men, or indeed other women, or any observer.

I believe the images I make are a celebration of women knowing themselves and being able to share that for themselves. Indeed, a lot of the women I’ve photographed, who have never modelled before have noted how they felt “liberated” by the experience and much more confident in their skin.

Aro SG 2013

Aro SG 2013

JodieLeigh 2013

JodieLeigh 2013

As mentioned, I love creating these images, and I love showing the model the final result. She too is an everyday female, with hang ups, insecurities and wobbly bits, so when I receive their (often overwhelmed) positive feedback, it makes me feel like I’ve achieved something for her, not the audience. In a way, I feel like a better, less ridiculous, version of Gok Wan and his “How to Look Good Naked”.

I’ve also found that my confidence in myself has grown from meeting and photographing women. Not because I think I look better  (my body is very fun house mirror after having a baby in June!), but because I’ve seen that every shape and curve is normal.

The Photoshopping I do is VERY minimal – the odd spot, and I NEVER change a woman’s shape.

“But where are the curvier, bigger women?!” I hear you cry, and my response is “Yes! WHERE ARE YOU?! Come, let me photograph you!”

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