Photographer Feature: Sophie Harris-Taylor

Editor Shenyah Webb, Photography, August 5th, 2015

"...with their scars, stretches, bruises and cracks..."

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From the Artist:

Slight Wounds channels the paintings of the Renaissance. Their statuesque depictions of bodily perfection in the classical female gods have a simplistic purity as well as a romanticized idealism. They show their subjects as almost inhuman — as mythical immortals.

Stylistically and technically, Slight Wounds recreates this, from composition and form to light and color. However, the women depicted are not Gods. They are, to use the vernacular, “real women,” with their scars, stretches, bruises and cracks, there in detail to be seen by all. The detachment of their heads and faces emphasizes this, removing our capacity for relation or empathy, giving us no option but to scrutinize and find beauty in the body as an object. Somehow this also reveals some essence of their character in a way a portrait would only obscure. This raises them above the human — placing imperfections upon an altar and making gods of the truth.

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sophie harris-taylor photography nailed magazineSophie Harris-Taylor is a London based fine art photographer. She graduated with an MA and BA (Hons) in Photography at Kingston University. Sophie works exclusively with natural light, which lends her work an unusual softness and depth. Primarily Sophie works in portraiture, as well as commercially in the fashion and music industries, however often this crosses into documentary photography. Her work explores concepts such as vulnerability, familiarity and natural decay focusing in particular on the female form and the nature of femininity. Sophie has been exhibiting since 2006.

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Shenyah Webb

Shenyah Webb is a Portland-based visual artist and musician. She has been with NAILED Magazine since its inception in 2012 and has served as the Arts Editor and a Contributing Editor since its launch in 2013. A Detroit native, she attended The College for Creative Studies, where she focused on Fine Art and Industrial Design. She is currently enrolled in a Somatic Expressive Arts Education and Therapy training program, studying under Lanie Bergin. You can learn more about Shenyah here. (Shenyah.com)