I’ve been rummaging through storage boxes this week and came across photographs taken by the wonderfully talented Eva Vermandel. Her use of natural light is incredibly intuitive and heartfelt. She took photos of Beth Gibbons and I throughout the recording process of ‘Out of Season’ and the three of us had a joyful photography trip in Scotland together around that time. Organized by Eva, we ferried to a small Scottish Island for some shots, as well as doing photos in and around a remote lake house, inhabited by an elderly but engaging lady, who had happily lived alone there for many years. It was in the middle of nowhere, with surrounding scenery that was simply breathtaking. Eva took the image that became the ‘Out of Season’ album cover, along with fly-on-the-wall ‘recording studio’ shots back in London. Some of which I’ve shown in previous posts.
The picture I’m sharing today was taken outside my home in North Essex. We were intending to do photos indoors, but on arrival Eva thought the natural light in my converted barn was too stark. As magical as I find my place, she was not wrong. Like a lot of listed old buildings, on dull days the rooms can become particularly dingy and uninviting.
Other photos of Eva’s are in collections at the ‘V&A’ and the ‘National Portrait Gallery’ in London, along with photos held by the ‘National Galleries of Scotland’ in Edinburgh. You can see the sheer beauty of Eva’s work at it’s optimum best on her website evavermandel.com
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