Sophie Harris-Taylor: MTWTFSS Chapter 1. 2010-2015
The Francesca Maffeo Gallery is delighted to present MTWTFSS Chapter 1. 2010-2015 - a solo exhibition by Sophie Harris-Taylor, a vulnerable, honest and intimate body of work from the private moments of her photographic diary.
The exhibition will also launch the book of the same name, designed by Joseph Carter in the form of a discrete, classic, leather-bound diary. Within it, handwritten notes bring to life some of the reminiscences and context surrounding the images.
Throughout her work, Harris-Taylor continually seeks truth, compelled by a continual sense of beauty in honesty – whatever it may reveal. Her work is a constant enquiry about relationships, be it the relationship of the subject with themselves or others, or the relationship between herself and the subject. Documenting her own life with those close to her, MTWTFSS seeks to capture “everyday, forgotten nothings” – the everyday moments between two people shared in familiar, often mundane, surroundings, which she believes are more important and exude more truth than any other moments.
“At the same time as seeking their vulnerability I was in awe of their confidence and ability to be comfortable in their own skin. In truth, I was in awe of my friends. One girlfriend in particular; she let me in, she gave me what to capture and I became almost obsessed with the act of photographing her. There were moments of sadness, moments of vulnerability, she never put up a front or undermined what I was doing, she let her guard down and this is what I became interested in.”
Harris-Taylor is renowned for her images created exclusively with natural and ambient light sources, which lend her work an unusual softness and depth. She embraces the challenges of working with natural light, liberated by the process of adapting to what she is provided with and to where she is led. Stylistically, Harris-Taylor draws inspiration from the Renaissance painters for their use of light, as well as cinema for its composition and storytelling.