I was pleasantly surprised to find that my friend spotted a video on YouTube where an A-Level photography class had used my “GLITCH” editorial as an artist of reference for a unit of work based on distortion.
George Robinson-White, teacher of Art & Photography at TAHS introduced the students to my work and me as a contemporary artist, looking at my unique take on photographic portraiture.
The students analysed my work and were asked to create their own interpretation of my glitch portraits as well as using me as a contemporary artist reference for their A-Level essays.
I’m flattered to know that my work is being shown to a new generation of potential photographers and artists. I didn’t expect my glitch series to be something students would study as part of an A-Level project or even to be referring to me as an artist.
It’s been an incredibly hectic little adventure since I last posted on the blog. For those who were unaware, I had been working in China for 3 months and have only been back in the UK just short of 2 weeks so its the first chance I’ve had to update the blog post-China and London Collections: Men.
So I was working at DeTao Masters Academy (a creative university in Shanghai where the course leaders are predominantly western creatives who are experts/masters in their fields). I worked for Studio Gottelier’s Advanced Fashion Design program to set up a social media platform for the course which could be accessible both in China and for an international audience.
One of the biggest burdens I had was China’s strict internet policies and the fact that nearly ever western social media platform we use everyday is banned; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, WordPress and Google are all banned. Yep, even Google, that proved to be a bit of a challenge when trying to access my emails. But alas, I survived!
Anyway, back to the main relevance of the blog post. One of my main tasks while working at DeTao was to photograph projects and escapades that happened throughout my time in China. I was allowed full creative freedom with this shoot for the student’s Jeans project.
After selecting a mixture of jeans and giving the students a pep talk on styling and my vision, we got to work and got the shoot done. I wanted to give each students jeans their very own character and personality to try and teach them about creative styling and story telling through photography which they later used for their 1st year Fashion Show. Once we had printed the images, I decided to collage some of the photographs to give them a “DIY” feel, so with the help of some of my assistants, we performed our final edits and the images below are the results we got.
Photography & Stylist: Harry J Bartlett
Assistants: Arean, Tina, August, Iris
I apologise for the lack of posts recently, but it has been a pretty hectic time of year.
Today I handed in my final project for my Fashion Photography degree at Falmouth University and it feels bloody great!
In the morning I head to London to set up our graduate exhibition; Picture 24 which launches on Thursday @ 6:30pm in Soho.
As I haven’t posted any of my work recently, I thought i’d give you a little teaser of some of the things you can expect to see at the exhibition. I hope you enjoy
Don’t forget to join our event page for the exhibition to keep up to date with what’s happening
I hope to see you all there
Picture 24 opens at 6:30pm on the 22nd of May
55 Dean Street,
Photography: Rhian Israel
Model: Harry J Bartlett
Stylist: Emmanuel Robert
MUA: Joshua Mitchell-Fowle
Assistants: Khuram Choudri & Alina Raducea
I thought i’d upload a quick ‘behind the scenes’ snap of my shoot with Rhian the other day. As always, it is such a pleasure to be photographed by this woman and (though this is just a backstage shot), she really knows how to capture an image. I can’t wait to see the full editorial!
Photography: Natalie Jade Reading
Model: Cleo Lim
Styling: Harry J Bartlett
Hair & Makeup: Joshua Mitchell-Fowle
Assistant Photographer: Danielle Wren
I had the great pleasure in styling an editorial for Natalie recently. A fun little studio shoot with a hell of a lot of pastel colours (hence the title).
“I was really interested in the pastel and metallic trends that are currently going round, I chose to use mostly plain garments (without pattern) so that i could focus more on texture and having an interesting colour palette running through the images without it being too over powering. I also wanted to steer away from the stereotypical ‘girly’ look associated with pastel colours which is why i chose the hair and makeup in the way it is and also the positioning of the model.” – Natalie Jade Reading
SEE THE FULL EDITORIAL HERE http://www.nataliejadephotography.co.uk
I had the great privilege of modelling for one of Tom’s editorials. It was such a fun shoot to be a part of with such an interesting narrative and style.
It was interesting to be photographed in such an androgynous way. You may remember the last time I modelled for one of Tom’s shoots where I had an Andrej Pejic vibe which we shot some time either last year or the year before. It’s always fun to play one of Tom’s androgynous and unconventional beauties and his ‘Birthday Boys’ shoot was no different.
“This editorial was inspired by the idea of Cabaret but I want to make it seem more surreal by bringing it into the studio and the use of props. For the some of the looks I was partly inspired by Mathu Anderson, I think it is clear to see which ones they are! For the rest of the looks I just played around with androgyny and male beauty and thought it would be interesting to mix the two, trying to create an overall vibe of a community, like you would have in a Cabaret.” – Tom Selmon
It’s fair to say that I look pretty different in these images and if you can’t clock me in the group shot, i’m the one on the left with the bob wig.
The shoot was nice and relaxed and we had a great team working with us to help deliver the editorial.
Harry J Bartlett
Have a look at Tom’s website to see the FULL editorial and his other work http://www.tomselmon.com/birthday-boys and follow him on Instagram to see what other escapades are taking place. @tomselmon
For my latest photo shoot, I have been experimenting with Glitch Art, a trend that I have become quite fond of and have spent a lot of time trying to figure out and have fun with. A glitch is an error that can occur within technology such as a screen error, datamoshing or an unreadable file. Overall, a glitch can be something very frustrating (and to most quite hideous) but is something I have grown to find quite beautiful. By looking at errors in a differently light, I have created a fashion editorial using technological errors and using them to enhance a look within the photo shoot.
Photographer & Stylist: Harry J Bartlett
Makeup: Tom Selmon
Assistant: Jack Cahill
Models: Laura Moran, Josh Peroti, Tanya Hanson