Welcome to the first in a series of blog posts focusing on the fine art of the portrait. I’ve chosen interesting people I know, respect and have a close relationship with. This is a deeply personal project I’m working on as a collective ‘muse’. My commercial work is very important to me and is fed by projects like this one, where I get to explore portraiture without constraints. I’d recommend anyone in a creative role who feels they’ve hit a wall to take a little step back and make time for a project that’s just for their enjoyment. That’s when wonderful things can, and do happen.

This week may I introduce to you Miss Elizabeth Gracie. Some people call her Gracie, though I have always known her as Elizabeth. We met 6 years ago, in the middle of nowhere. She was modelling knitted bridal dresses. It was raining, the nearest railway station was miles away, and well, Elizabeth and I have remained firm friends since.

I work with lots of people as a photographer. We don’t always keep in touch. But Elizabeth and I always make time for each other. She’s not just modelling the knitwear these days, she’s designing it.

 

Gracie headshot

 

Mamiya portrait
Elizabeth in beanie

 

Gracie in hat

 

Elizabeth Gracie

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