Julia Keil self-portraitImage copyright
Julia Keil

Photographer Julia Keil determined to flip the camera on herself, making a sequence of self-portraits impressed by work, the cinema or other photos.

Having been in London for just a few months, Keil arrived relief in Paris good because it became as soon as going into lockdown to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

„In assign of going out and reconnecting with the streets I grab to fling, I found out myself all straight away fling to the constraints of my sixth-ground flat,“ she says.

„Love many, I became as soon as without warning isolated and unsure of the following day.

„I felt as if in a dream, dwelling someplace between the right and surreal with essentially the most easy guidance being knowledge tales, rumour and the changes I seen going down spherical me from day to day.“

Julia Keil in the role of Lady Lilith by Dante RossettiImage copyright
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„On the origin, I regarded as fine recreating Woman Lilith, by Dante Rossetti, and waited for the actual second that the evening light modified into golden. On the different hand, as I took the image, moderately than maintaining a replicate as Woman Lilith does, I grabbed my phone, which has turn accurate into a signal of self-reflection and dialog permitting us to defend linked in isolation.“

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„I snappy realised that without a work and no social existence, I had long previous from having no time to having plenty.

„All excuses I gave myself for not pursuing my inventive solutions prior be pleased been now void.

„On daily basis, I obvious on a portrait – I would immerse myself into that world.

„I researched, listened to the song from that technology or movie soundtrack and watched films and documentaries.

„I studied the pose and emotion which a chosen image or painting exuded and, after all, gave myself the time taking the image and processing it after.

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„This image became as soon as impressed by the movie Pulp fiction, directed by Quentin Tarantino. I wished to recreate this iconic movie poster with objects representative of this day. I titled it Proper Fiction ensuing from the varied surreal, tragic and at instances sensational tales that defend flooding thru our feeds.“

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„Every little thing which fashioned each image I improvised with what I already had at dwelling other than a couple wigs, which I awaited eagerly from Amazon.

„Pursuing this ongoing mission has given a improvement and a playground to my days in lockdown besides to a technique to visually talk what I and others would possibly perchance be currently feeling or experiencing.

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„Whereas brainstorming iconic photos, this wonderful painting, Woman with a Pearl Earring, by Johannes Vermeer, got here to thoughts and, as I didn’t be pleased any giant pearl earrings, I improvised with what I did be pleased – a pair of egg earrings and the blue towel I wrap spherical my head after every bathe.“

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„Having the enviornment dumb down, despite the tragic circumstances, on some aspects would possibly perchance additionally be taken as a present – a present that will perchance additionally be stuffed with not good concern however with hope and a risk to ponder, to be taught and to re-connect in ways we perchance had pushed aside on the earth that old to be.“

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„I watched the vampire movie Most though-provoking Lovers Left Alive, directed by Jim Jarmusch, the evening sooner than taking the photo. I felt it too reflected the most up-to-date climate, with few other folks going out throughout the day and being in states of isolation, admire the persona of Adam. I recreated the gap scene and surrounded myself with books of fiction and needs, to comment on the surreal, dreamlike world I most ceaselessly feel admire I and others are in.“

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„Impressed by The Soul of the Rose, by Waterhouse, this image from the sequence became as soon as sparked by my desire to be out smelling newly sprung spring plant life, but all I had became as soon as a dried rose.“

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„I spent the day in the sunshine by my window clutching my broken disco ball in the hope of catching the coolest reflections, all whereas blasting tunes by artists akin to Sister Sledge, Blondie and Sublime. This became as soon as followed by a dwelling screening of Saturday Evening Fever.“

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„Some days are blue. Picasso’s blue length stemmed from his descend into despair. The field in his Femme aux Bras Croisés, who would possibly perchance be an inmate of the Saint-Lazare clinic-penal complicated in Paris, carries a smooth expression of any individual who has been thru worthy suffering and has fallen below a deep and darkish spell. This smooth ask and isolated notify became as soon as something which I related to and sought to recreate.“

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„This one became as soon as impressed by the persona of Pris in the movie Blade Runner directed, by Ridley Scott. This demonstrate day, thoughts of the prolonged urge are constant and stuffed with uncertainty. This movie became as soon as released in 1982 and space in the then device forward for 2019. In many ways, it evaluates the that device of being human in a watchful world, something which resonated with me in our latest notify of re-evaluating our ways of dwelling and recordsdata assortment.“

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„I had been wandering thru the Paris streets beyond my window thru the words of Hemingway. Some days are overcome by fatigue and a thoughts stuffed with noise accompanied by a alive to for interior silence and air.“

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„I wished to manufacture my contain model of the incredible portrait of Meryl Streep by Annie Leibovitz however with items which I employ on a conventional basis, akin to a clay facemask. The out-of-level of curiosity toothbrush and toothpaste in the foreground are a touch on the lens being a lavatory replicate and the viewers being my reflection.“

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„I wished to explore the symbolism of contact in the most up-to-date climate with the varied warnings of not touching one’s face and conserving not lower than 2m [6ft] of distance from others. This portrait required a truly fingers-on device whereby I obvious to retract the image from the screen to print and experimented with cyanotype printing.“

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„Gerhard Richter’s works be pleased always been an inspiration to me, from a young age. Paradoxically, so has hiding the face from the camera. For this portrait, I obvious to be without costume and to recreate this wiped-paint attain the employ of lip balm and hang movie.“

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„This portrait became as soon as each impressed by the knowledge that one and all non-wanted orders from Amazon had been suspended in France however additionally by the Greek epic of Pandora, who gave in to her curiosity and released illness, loss of life and misery upon the enviornment from a mysterious field bestowed upon her by Zeus. She hastened to prevent the field however realised there became as soon as something left interior which felt various. As she opened the field over all all over again, the closing part fluttered out, elephantine of light and spirit, spreading a technique of quiet over the earlier panic and distress. This light became as soon as hope. And hope is a present we humans be pleased flowing thru our collective veins, urging us to defend going whereas filling us with a gleaming that this too shall cross.“

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With Paris ensuing from stay on lockdown till 11 Can even merely, Keil says she’s going to continue taking self-portraits. You would possibly maybe perchance apply her on Instagram @juliakkeil and effort her other work on her web page online.

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