Director of Photography,
Chris Seager BSc., takes a light reading from actor Gerry George
(The Great Karlini), in the
BBC TV saga "The Way We Live Now"
directed by David Yates.
George at Blenheim Palace in June 2003
"Gerry" by photographer Alan Powdrill
picture - "Gerry", by international photographer, Alan Powdrill - recently
unveiled as third prize-winner, in the Schweppes Portrait Prize 2003
is part of an exhibition in the National Portrait Gallery which runs
until Feb 15th 2003.
Journalist Richard McClure - who interviewed Alan
- writes, in the souvenir brochure:
"Influenced by the Faux realism of Philip-Lorca di Corcia and Gregory Crewdson, Alan
Powdrill's Schweppes entry is a portrait of actor Gerry George, a professional model
and a familiar face on the advertising circuit.
Using a Mamiya 6 x 7, the 36-year-old photographer snatched a few unrelated extra studies
of Gerry, on the completion of a corporate assignment.
I often use models for my portraits, people who look a little bit unusual,
slightly different from the norm, says Alan.
"Ive wanted to take a picture of Gerry for a long time.
Hes a fantastic character very charismatic who captivates
everyone the moment he walks into a room."
Here, hes taking part in a story: its a set-up scenario.
Other photographers will be able to tell immediately that the shot is staged, but
hopefully some people will take longer to realise that fact.
Ive always liked making the viewer think slightly more about what they are seeing.
As a big fan of Surrealism, I like things that are off kilter and askew.
"Reality with a twist."