Mary Jane in London

I'm addicted to seeing, learning and trying new things. That's what the human experience is about right? When I saw Russian photographer Ivan Gorokhov was coming to London to give a workshop, I jumped at the chance to join and see how he creates his unique style. It's not a style that comes naturally to me and I was looking forward to being challenged.

Six of us met Ivan and Mary at a hotel in south London. My extremely elementary Russian language skills were quickly put to the test when a translator failed to show, and its safe to say I failed miserably. Luckily Mary bridged the gap and we were soon all crammed into a small hotel room. Ivan showed us how to experiment with all kinds of light and posing in the bedroom and bathroom. Soon we were battling our way through the infamous London traffic to Hyde Park where we shot around the gardens until after the sun went down. It was fascinating to watch Ivan work, especially when he took us through his post-processing techniques the next day. Seeing his techniques differ only slightly to mine was enlightening, and demonstrated just how important artistic vision is in the final shot. Take a look at Ivan's work here, and see how my work compares below.


Model, makeup & styling - Mary Jane
Photo - Matthew Thompson
Place - London