Tyler Shields: Chromatic at Imitate Modern
Tyler Shields, “Hollywood’s favourite photographer”, displays his new Chromatic series at Imitate Modern.
Shields, having photographed Lindsay Lohan sporting a gun and girlfriend Francesca Eastwood mutilating a £100,000 Hermes Birkin bag, is infamous for his extreme photography and ruffling a few feathers. The new Chromatic series is a colourful, more conservative approach compared to his previous works. Shields has created a show of loud colours with surprisingly soft imagery.
Focusing his inspiration on Eastwood, the Chromatic collection displays a “frenzy of brightly coloured powder paint” coupled with “light-hearted” staging and theatrical lighting. Showing images of models play fighting and pulling faces with powder paint, Shields has produced a collection of playful and beautiful pictures. With hints of urban and fashion culture, Chromatic is a must-see for all photography enthusiasts.
Shields explains: “I was starting out professionally and I went to see the owner of a top American fashion magazine. When I said I wanted to take wild, crazy, sexy, violent, provocative images unlike anything anyone had done before in the over-protective world of entertainment, they said to me: ‘That will never happen.’ At that point I realised I wasn’t going to be able to go the traditional route in photography.”
Tyler’s work sways between mildly provocative and strikingly controversial. The Chromatic series is the “family-friendly “ answer to one of America’s most shocking photographers.
Chromatic is at Imitate Modern until 21st February 2013. For further information visit the gallery’s website here.