I think this has to be one of my favourite shots of the year so far. The expressions, the colours, the venue, the beauty of the subjects, the bridge, windows, cupboards, the London bus, the light, her hair, their posture, the fact of their being in love... Yep, it's a contender.
"If music be the food of love, play on."
Claire-Monique Martin will be in The Malachites forthcoming production of Shakespeare's 12th Night at The Geffrye Museum, London in a couple or weeks. This is an outtake from the shoot we pulled together at the museum earlier this week.
I've always disliked the Chapman brothers, supposed "artists", and I've never fully understood why, but I might be starting to get a handle on it. My dislike of their "work" was today piqued by an article in The Guardian where they talked about the fire that destroyed one of their pieces, Hell. I ought to leave them alone, just forget about them, but like a painful rotting tooth I can't help but dig about in the hole that is their 'art', causing myself annoyance and anguish in the process. Here, then, is Dinos Chapman talking about the destruction of Hell:
"Jake and I decided beforehand that we were going to make a monstrous failure. It was intentionally unmagnificent and unrewarding. We used the most pathetic way of representing the thing that has most exorcised western civilisation...I’m quite glad the original burnt because it wasn’t very well made. It was clumsy and inaccurate...We would’ve been in the studio for those two years anyway,…
The raven himself is hoarse
That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan
Under my battlements. Come, you spirits
That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,
And fill me from the crown to the toe topful
Of direst cruelty!
And did you, then, like me,
Think of us that summertime
All those years ago
Warm beach days
No thing but Pippin and Tog
To play, and dad still well?
Me to you to you to me and
Whoops! Start again. Me to you
Later chocolate chewing gum - who knew?
On the bedpost overnight.
You to me and one day
No more. Smoothed over. Night.