Eva Vermandel Portraits

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Charlotte Raven

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Cliona O'Sullivan

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David Morrissey

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Elton John

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Helen Woods and Caspar

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Henry Pettigrew

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Ian McKellen

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James McAvoy

John Lydon

John Lydon

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Josephine Foster

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Leo Gregory

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Marina Litvinenko

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Matt Damon and Casey Affleck

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Neil Jordan

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PJ Harvey

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Rob Ellis

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Robin Gibb

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Sinead Matthews

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Tom Waits

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Will Oldham

 

‘I make a clear distinction between portraits and the photographs I take for
my personal projects that happen have people in them. The former focus on
the person portrayed; in the latter, the subject becomes the vessel for my
own thoughts and feelings.

The selection I made for Landscape Stories is a mix of people I photographed
for magazines and friends. One of those friends is Helen Woods who I
photograph regularly. Her portrait in this selection is a recent one of her
and her newborn son Caspar. Helen has a type of beauty that is ageless and
strong, she’s endlessly inspiring.

When I make a portrait I often get the feeling of diving into the subject’s
head. It’s an odd experience: it feels like the eyes of the person open up
and I can swim right through them.

The light is all important too: I guide my subjects to where the light is
best and use whatever I’m given to make all things fit. The location is
usually decided for me and if it isn’t I prefer to photograph people at
home. I tend to leave things as they are as much as possible, but sometimes
I move objects around to ensure nothing disturbs the composition. The
ultimate goal is to create a sense of stillness and calm so the subject can
let go completely.’

 

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