making images: behind the scenes

Take another look behind the scenes at photographer Harley Weir’s journey in capturing five women from around the world and get to know some more creators who are defining the image of today in documentary filmmaker Chelsea McMullan’s Making Images video. 

Directed by Canadian documentary filmmaker Chelsea McMullan, Making Images takes an intimate look behind the scenes at photographer Harley Weir journey to capturing five different women in five different cities around the world as well as a look at more leading visionaries of today including Inez van Lamsweerde, Chen Man, Juno Calypso, Ashley Armitage, Jen Davies, Arvida Bystrom and Reba Maybury.

“I love working with light and playing with it, but when it comes to portraiture, I like it to be the same so that I'm not distracted by it. I like the idea of self-made boundaries that give you a parameter in which to work.” - Ines van Lamsweerde
“I think it's really important to represent marginalised people like girls, non-binary people, trans people, or people on the gender spectrum, those with different sexualities, body types, and ethnicities.” - Ashley Armitage
"The theme that runs through all my inspiration is people who break taboos and women who defy stereotypes and expectations. To be truly subversive, you can't live by the rules, you've got to try and break them.” - Reba Maybury
“We should learn to trust our intuition and take time to relax and think for ourselves, then we can clearly represent the universe we imagine through images.” - Chen Man
“I spent a lot of time online and in my room in my teen years and photography and self-portraiture were really helpful for me expressing myself.” - Arvida Bystrom
“A lot of my influences are from the comedy that I grew up with when I was younger. When I was studying, my work was very serious and very dead pan and later I wanted to make something that made people laugh." - Juno Calypso

This Week

a brave new space

Using time travel and afrofuturism, Rasheedah Phillips and Camae Ayewa are creating a community space for women to be empowered using art and music.

Read More

meet reykjavikurdaetur: iceland's female fronted rap powerhouse

Lock up your beats, Reykjavikurdaetur are coming!

Read More

northern exposure

Everyone with fully functioning ears knows that all the good music can be found in Scandinavia. While it's typically always been Sweden the world has turned to for interesting new pop music, or melodic indie bands, or oddball dance bangers, that spotlight has started to shift a little further north over to Norway.

Read More

five senses from my world: sarah hardie, artist

Five senses from London-based artist Sarah Hardie's world. 

Read More

how to write a smell

Smells are evocative; they have the power to change our moods, take us back to a specific place in our lives, or remind us of long-forgotten memories. We asked five writers to walk us through the creative process of describing the intangible: fragrance.

Read More

unruly body – the world of jamila johnson-small

In her own words, Jamila Johnson-Small is interested in dance as a “radical social proposition”. She means this quite literally. And in fact, this quality of “radicality” – a potent combination of power and resoluteness – is palpable in Jamila’s presence, both onstage and in person.

Read More

sound of the underground – meet the female pioneers of beirut’s growing nightlife scene

In what was once a male-dominated world, women are invading the city’s dance music scene in radical ways.

Read More

scent: a poem by yrsa daley-ward

Writer and actress Yrsa Daley-Ward chanced upon a spoken word poetry night in South Africa and turned her world around.

Read More

the language of smell

The human sense of smell is perhaps our most powerful. Research has shown that we can distinguish between a trillion different odours, and maybe many more. Yet our languages tend to have only a limited palette of words with which to describe what we smell.

Read More
loading...