Saturday, 6 April 2019

Portraits

My artistic practice uses photography as a central component. If the camera disappears and the person before me emerges from within themselves, I feel I have achieved my aim. To do this requires kindness, a desire for truthfulness, and the wish to capture glimpses of these aspects in another. I would like my collaborators to feel understood.

Here's a selection of portraits with some of the fascinating and unique individuals I have had the pleasure of capturing over the past few years. This is my favourite way to spend time with people.

Malcolm Bennett by Gaynor Perry
Malcolm Bennett - poet and author (1958-2015)

A Life Out Loud

I met Malcolm at a poetry reading night at the House of St Barnabas in Soho. In his early days, Malcolm delivered impassioned, searing lines of poetry in the manner of a German dictator. Calling into question the validity of art as commerce, played out against the back-drop of institutionalised inertia; among other things!

In the short time I knew him he was a mellow, charming and vivid wit, with his own inimitable style. 


Malcolm Bennett - Gaynor Perry
Malcolm Bennett

Malcolm Bennett by Gaynor Perry
Malcolm Bennett

Malcolm Bennett by Gaynor Perry
Malcolm Bennett

Malcolm Bennett by Gaynor Perry
Malcolm Bennett

Malcolm Bennett
Malcolm Bennett by Gaynor Perry
Malcolm Bennett

Jessica Lauren by Gaynor Perry
Jessica Lauren - composer and musician

Jessica Lauren by Gaynor Perry
Jessica Lauren

Jessica Lauren by Gaynor Perry
Jessica Lauren

Jessica Lauren by Gaynor Perry
Jessica Lauren

Jessica Lauren by Gaynor Perry
Jessica Lauren

Paul Hiles by Gaynor Perry
Paul Hiles - artist

Paul Hiles by Gaynor Perry
Paul Hiles 

Jed Phoenix by Gaynor Perry
Jed Phoenix - fashion designer

Jed is an authentic and uncompromising individual. A talented independent designer with her roots firmly planted in the sub-cultural principles of punk and fetish. She diligently constructs garments for those who wish to be liberated and/or restrained in style.



Jed Phoenix by Gaynor Perry
Jed Phoenix

Duncan Gray by Gaynor Perry
Duncan Gray - music producer

Duncan Gray by Gaynor Perry
Duncan Gray

Duncan Gray by Gaynor Perry
Duncan Gray

Ann Shenton by Gaynor Perry
Ann Shenton - musician

Ann Shenton by Gaynor Perry
Ann Shenton

Ann Shenton by Gaynor Perry
Ann Shenton

Ziad Ghanem by Gaynor Perry
Ziad Ghanem - fashion designer

Ziad Ghanem by Gaynor Perry
Ziad Ghanem 

Ziad Ghanem by Gaynor Perry
Ziad Ghanem 

Jonathan Ross by Gaynor Perry
Jonathan Ross - gallerist

Jonathan Ross by Gaynor Perry
Jonathan Ross

Jonathan Ross by Gaynor Perry
Jonathan Ross

Robin Sheppard by Gaynor Perry
Robin Sheppard - television director

Robin Sheppard by Gaynor Perry
Robin Sheppard

Robin Sheppard
Robin Sheppard

Evelyne Allard by Gaynor Perry
Evelyne Allard - aerial artist

Evelyne Allard by Gaynor Perry
Evelyne Allard

Evelyne Allard by Gaynor Perry
Evelyne Allard

Francis Angol by Gaynor Perry
Francis Angol - movement artist and choreographer

Francis Angol by Gaynor Perry
Francis Angol 

Francis Angol by Gaynor Perry
Francis Angol 

Danila Tarcinale by Gaynor Perry
Danila Tarcinale - jewellery designer

Danila Tarcinale by Gaynor Perry
Danila Tarcinale

Russel Lownsborough by Gaynor Perry
Russell Lownsborough - jewellery designer

Russel Lownsborough by Gaynor Perry
Russell Lownsborough

Scottee by Gaynor Perry
Scottee - performance artist and writer

Scottee by Gaynor Perry
Scottee

Scottee by Gaynor Perry
Scottee

Sayoko Papillon by Gaynor Perry
Sayoko Papillon - musician

Sayoko Papillon, also known as Sayoko Paris, is a Japanese composer, singer, musician, poet and performer living in Paris. Her music described by Silvia Bombardini ASVOF - "There is a delicate, limpid and slippery poetry in Sayoko’s composition, as if her notes were gently laid on a thin, gauzy layer of ice.”

Sayoko Papillon by Gaynor Perry
Sayoko Papillon

Sayoko Papillon by Gaynor Perry
Sayoko Papillon

Jeremy Reed by Gaynor Perry
Jeremy Reed - poet and author

Jeremy Reed by Gaynor Perry
Jeremy Reed 

Jeremy Reed by Gaynor Perry
Jeremy Reed 

Bronwen Whitaker by Gaynor Perry
Bronwen Whitaker, Picture Framer

Bronwen Whitaker by Gaynor Perry
Bronwen Whitaker

"You really capture something indefinable about each sitter, it's so intriguing. You find that secret place that I think all women must have and need where childlike comfort lies." Bronwen


Bronwen Whitaker by Gaynor Perry
Bronwen Whitaker

Bronwen Whitaker by Gaynor Perry
Bronwen Whitaker

Javier Navarrete by Gaynor Perry
Javier Navarrete - composer

Javier is an award-winning Spanish film composer, best known for his score for Guillermo del Toro’s epic film Pan’s Labyrinth.
Javier Navarrete by Gaynor Perry
Javier Navarrete

Javier Navarrete by Gaynor Perry
Javier Navarrete 

Yulia Chaplina by Gaynor Perry
Yulia Chaplina - concert pianist

I had the great pleasure of photographing Russian concert pianist Yulia Chaplina this year. She gave her debut performance aged 7, performing Bach’s Keyboard Concerto in F minor with the Rostov State Symphony Orchestra. Her performances are powerful and highly accomplished. Yulia’s relationship with the scores she interprets so adeptly is profound and each performance is a nuanced expedition through the composer’s sonic architecture and landscape. She conjures worlds, endeavouring to convey the maelstrom of the heart through her hands.

Yulia Chaplina by Gaynor Perry
Yulia Chaplina

Yulia Chaplina by Gaynor Perry
Yulia Chaplina

Yulia Chaplina by Gaynor Perry
Yulia Chaplina

Yulia Chaplina by Gaynor Perry
Yulia Chaplina

Yulia Chaplina by Gaynor Perry
Yulia Chaplina

Neil Libbert by Gaynor Perry
Neil Libbert - photographer

Neil Libbert by Gaynor Perry
Neil Libbert

Neil Libbert by Gaynor Perry
Neil Libbert

William Fawke by Gaynor Perry
William Fawke - sculptor (1948-2018)

William Fawke by Gaynor Perry
William Fawke

William Fawke by Gaynor Perry
William Fawke

William Fawke by Gaynor Perry
William Fawke

William Fawke by Gaynor Perry
William Fawke

Naim Attallah by Gaynor Perry
Naim Attallah  - publisher and author

Raven Kaliana by Gaynor Perry
Raven Kaliana - artist and human rights activist

Raven Kaliana by Gaynor Perry
Raven Kaliana

Raven Kaliana by Gaynor Perry
Raven Kaliana 

Raven Kaliana by Gaynor Perry
Raven Kaliana

Raven Kaliana by Gaynor Perry
Raven Kaliana 

Norman Fisher-Jones aka Noko by Gaynor Perry
Norman Fisher-Jones aka Noko - composer and musician

Norman Fisher-Jones aka Noko by Gaynor Perry
Noko aka Norman Fisher-Jones

Noko aka Norman Fisher-Jones

Kate Daisy Grant by Gaynor Perry
Kate Daisy Grant - composer and musician

Kate Daisy Grant by Gaynor Perry
Kate Daisy Grant 

Kate Daisy Grant by Gaynor Perry
Kate Daisy Grant 

Charlotte Brennan by Gaynor Perry
Charlotte and Cherry

These portraits arose from my admiration of Charlotte’s work as a wildlife conservationist. I wanted to document her bond with this squirrel, Cherry, in particular. Charlotte nursed the little squirrel back to life having found her collapsed and with a dreadfully battered face in a park in Walthamstow.

Cherry had a serious malocclusion which required her front teeth to be removed. This means she can never be released back into the wild and so now has a permanent home with Charlotte, along with a menagerie of other creatures Charlotte dedicates her time to nurturing and protecting.

Charlotte Brennan by Gaynor Perry
Charlotte and Cherry

Grog Rox by Gaynor Perry
Grog Rox - singer and musician

Grog Rox by Gaynor Perry
Grog Rox

Grog Rox by Gaynor Perry
Grog Rox

Grog Rox by Gaynor Perry
Grog Rox

Grog Rox by Gaynor Perry
Grog Rox