Capturing a person’s essence

mosman-5I stumbled upon Shelly Mosman‘s photographs and they stopped me in my tracks.

My mind immediately jumped to Cindy Sherman’s work. But Shelly’s work is different as she uses others (not herself) for a muse and mouthpiece.

Shelly tells stories through portraits that capture a person’s essence.

The image to the left has a renaissance feel to it. She is a queen: the stature, the eyes, the regal collar, the hand gesture and even the frail lap. This person has presence.

asdf234She could have been a model for Alessandro Allori’s “Lady with dog” (right) that was painted in the mid 1500s.

Shelly’s stark palette, usually ultra-deep blacks and whites, further amplify the emotions of the subject. Great body of work.

Portfolio details below, site here.



2 Comments so far. Comments are closed.
  1. Bort Freeman,

    “Stopped me in my tracks”? MANY many many shooters have copied classic images– it’s nice. It’s not very informative or innovative. Henri Cartier-Bresson was innovative. Sometimes it helps to delve deeper into the history of a subject before acclaiming it.

    • jmoriarty,

      That’s fair Bort. I’m not sure I said this artist was particularly novel or innovative (did I?). I love her work, the subjects and the sometimes overt reference to classics. She wasn’t the first to reference classics and won’t be the last. Still, I dig her work.