Hannah Debson Art
As a photographic artist from London, I grew up surrounded by galleries and fashion publications that sparked an interest in the beauty of the human form. Inspired, I began working in editorial photography as creative director of my university fashion show, where I soon discovered I was fascinated with the people rather than the clothes. I later studied the history of art and renaissance portraiture, whilst developing my own portfolio of portrait images in the studio and darkroom.
I am a fine art photographer, using light and color to create imagery that is evocative and stylized. I use daylight, torches, or flashguns to bring to life the sketches that I have drawn inspired by fashion and beauty imagery. Bold colors, a full pictorial space and deep shadows are all characteristic of my work. After developing the concept myself, my process then opens up to include others. I value working in an intimate collaborative unit with my team, preferring a small number of models and make-up artists, and incorporating those relationships into the image itself. I also prefer to create all sets and effects in real life, and do not use digital compositing.
I am fascinated with how people use fashion and beauty to create their own understanding of self and express it to the world, an interest initially sparked by my study of art history and fashion editorial work. Through portraiture, nude studies, and even still life, I use photography to explore and demystify ‘beauty’, for others and for myself. These explorations provide an insight into the fundamental human emotions that lie beneath this basic feature of human society. I also love to play with medium and the tension between fine art portraiture and commercial photography, placing emphasis on the viewer to determine which is which, or even if such a distinction exists.