It was an honour to be commissioned by the talented Kate Denton and her husband Antony to document and produce photographs as a catalogue of her work.
This project was long-term, lasting just over a year. I enjoy the opportunity to work on longer projects such as these, as I feel it really allows me to gain a deeper insight into my subjects and the resultant photographs often have a more nuanced and personal feel.
Kate has been working on a project based on the Icarus myth. The story of Icarus is a complex one with many interpretations and countless famous artists and sculptors have taken on the subject in the past, but Kate’s take is altogether fresh. ‘Burning Ambition’ shows a different side to Icarus.
2 years in the making, this project has drawn inspiration from some of Kate’s muses and influences in the art world; as well as religion, literature and history. It’s impossible to pick my favourite, as each piece is so different. A mention must go to ‘Dare to dream’ though. The figurehead of the series stands an impressive 290cm tall and was created using nearly a ton of bronze – yet he is effortlessly, weightlessly suspended on his toes. Also, it was a real treat to shoot such a still subject!
All 16 Sculptures and 20 Drawings will be on display from 13-28th May 2018 at Lavenham Hall. The exhibition is dedicated to Robin Crawford and his colleagues at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, who treated Kate after she was diagnosed with a very serious illness in 2011.
Kate is an inspiring person, and her zest for life and her art is infectious. It was a pleasure to work with someone so professional and talented. I would like to thank Kate and Antony so much for having me at their home, studio and Gallery in Lavenham, Suffolk and I very much look forward to the exhibition in May.