Project photoshoot with performer and writer naomi wood

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So, you may or may not know that, alongside my commercial work as a photographer, I’ve been studying and creating work for an M.A. in Photography through Falmouth University. There’s a huge amount of assignment work and learning to be done, and alongside that I am building a long-term project which looks at the notion of belonging. As a result I’m creating a diverse amount of practice-led research work.

As part of this, I’m working with a wide range of people; some in a documentary manner, and others in a more ‘interpretative’ way as here with the inspirational performer, writer, and model Naomi Wood.

The shoot produced a variety of strong images, some of which work more specifically in my M.A. work-in-progress portfolio. But, as the shoot went so well, and Naomi was so great to work with, I wanted to present a broader sequence here.

One thing that kept coming through for me as we made the work, was the theme of the journey or odyssey. And that’s partly the reason for the salt and threads that are lying on the floor in some of the images. And Naomi brought her own sensitivity and response to this.

Images were shot on medium format across the board, both digitally (Fuji GFX50S) and on analogue (Mamiya 645).

With thanks to:

Copperdollar Studios, Brighton and Emmeline.

All images © James Bellorini 2019. All rights reserved.

I’m a commercial and editorial photographer. I have worked with advertising agencies, design agencies, entrepreneurs, performers and musicians, government organisations, events companies, and culture and entertainment brands. Currently I’m also studying for an M.A. in Photography through Falmouth University. My commercial clients include: The Royal Opera House, Breguet (The Swatch Group)The National Theatre, Innovision, Department for International Trade, Siren Design, Glyndebourne Productions Ltd, Stone Nest, The Old Vic etc.  

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