Motley for Ophelia


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Ophelia drowned, her innocent heart broken by Hamlet’s madness. Here Giles Hugo has used opium heads, blue borage and pomegranate flowers in a bowl of black, sticky rotted plant material to create a work of sadness and beauty. The bright colours with their oily background remind us of Pre Raphaelite paintings of Ophelia, strewn with flowers, drifting away. Beautiful and poetic, the motley of the title evokes the colours of a jester, like Hamlet, playing the fool.

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Working in newspapers there and in Swaziland taught him a range of photographic skills —shooting, developing and printing a photo in under 45 minutes, or less, and tackling any subject from portraits to beauty pageants, soccer, motor sport, boxing, ghetto jazz and rock musicians, and street life. Most of that was black and white work, with an occasional roll of slide film for special projects and artistic exploration. He upgraded through 35mm SLRs to Leica rangefinders and various lenses. He still enjoys using older lenses, mostly Leica and Canon, to explore subjects and qualities of light.


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