by Penny Martin .

Wendy's Portfolio viewing

Having assisted throughout the whole of Simon Foxton's 'Sittings: 30 Men' -weekends and all!- and then helped out at the Bring & Buy live shoot last week, our sometimes assistant and most times photographer Wendy Bevan finally found time to come in and show me her book today. What a pleasant surprise, too. This image from a recent body of work that is still in progress, a collaboration with RCA textiles graduate Rowan Mersh, is a stand out from an overarching focus on theatricality (perhaps no suprise from someone whose parents are actors). Whereas the graduate work looked like history paintings, these have a delightful sense of the set-up-and-shoot atmosphere of nineteenth century 'gentleman amateur' portraiture, combined with the aesthetic of Avant Garde, Surrealist photography and Modernist graphics. After hiding her light all this time, it seems our Wendy's one to watch!