This post has taken me forever to write…which is odd. Those who know me know I am rarely short of words, often to a fault: and yet words do not come easily here. I can’t tell you why except to say that perhaps my mind is unsettled by these images. I am at a loss for words when it comes to defining them – literally. I suppose if I must dig deep and resolve the problem, it is that they make my mind swirl a bit – like I’m searching for something to grasp on to but can’t quite see it. I don’t mean to try and say something profound here, in fact, quite the opposite. This is simple. It’s the subject matter that confounds me.
I hadn’t met Jonny Barratt before he and Craig George and I got together for a shoot in the Brecon Beacon mountains in Wales. I had no preconceived notions of him other than that I was a huge fan of his incredible work. For the most part, he was a stranger. But that changed in the second that I said hello.
Jonny has an openness and a vulnerability that took me off guard and yet I don’t feel as though I actually ‘saw’ him. Usually I can read people fairly quickly, Ive been doing this a long time and my eye is trained to see more than just a person’s outward appearance, but this…this was something new. He has an elusive face, is an enigma of light and shadow. Never before have I met someone who’s looks change so quickly as the light shifts. I would love to think I have captured the essence of him here, but my gut says that can’t be done, that he changes constantly, and that the play of light on him could never be nailed down to a definitive look.
So, simply, here is Jonny Barratt on this particular day.
Images from this session are featured on LooksLikeFilm.com