The Re-Take

 “Puck” by Richard Dadd

25 May - 7 July 2019
Stairway exhibition
The Harris welcomes a group of second year, level 3, photography students from Myerscough College. Inspired by the Harris' art collection the students have made contemporary responses to five of our favourite paintings.

We hope these modern updates will bring a new perspective to the collection, attracting wider audiences to visit the Harris.

Head up to the galleries on the 2nd floor to find the paintings that inspired them.


 Image "Puck" by Richard Dadd 1841


Daniel Hulme
"Puck" by Richard Dadd borders on the unnatural and abstract, giving me the opportunity to experiment with different physical and digital techniques.

The theme of Puck is based on Shakespeare's Midsummer's Night's Dream, this depicts a group of fairies dancing in celebration around a baby on a pedestal.
When shooting my photographs I wanted to keep in touch with the dream aesthetic but with a contemporary feel to it. The format of the photograph is linked with Puck in terms of the overall feel, the trees appearing from the skies gives a similar look between the painting and the contemporary update.

This is the second photograph of my contemporary update which still keeps in tightly with the format of Richard Dadd's painting "Puck", which depicts the events of Shakespeare's Midsummer's Night's Dream. A model takes the place of the baby in my interpretation. This indicates a clear connection between the original and the contemporary update.

Amy Bolton
I decided to take inspiration from the artwork by Arthur Meade named 'A wind-swept shore (1903)', which is located in the Fine art gallery. The piece depicts a somewhat 'battered' looking shoreline, showing the foreground as a mix of sandy and grassy tones and a background of sea along a predominant horizon line. The artwork first appealed to me due to its obvious English characteristics and aspects. Where the beach could show glorious blue skies and a pristine beach, it rather shows the true qualities of an English shoreline, from the way it was painted to the qualities within the painting itself.

I decided to take my love for this painting to the shoreline of Southport as I knew that this beach had a very predominant horizon line, a vast beach and also had the mix of grassland as well as sandy tones. As the aim of my photographs was to create a contemporary update I chose to make my piece abstract, however still hold the same qualities as the original. As the title of the original is 'a wind-swept shore' I thought that it was a crucial aspect to capture wind within the image, hence the blur and sense of movement throughout the photographs. The tones and colours highlight the difference between the foreground and the background and also add an aspect of detail to the picture.

Anya Wigg
My images have been inspired by the work of Richard Ansdell and his oil painting "Lytham Sand Hills, 1866" ,this artwork is located in the fine art section of the museum. His painting depicts a scene from the area of Lytham, St Anne's which I thought was important and relevant as it is a local area which is shown throughout my photographs. The original painting first attracted my attention because it highlighted how much the area has changed and I wanted to show the modern aspect of the location now.


Emily Kenyon
I decided to base my contemporary update on the 'Untitled' painting by Bruce McLean. I was drawn to its abstract tendencies and decided to use a 'painting with light' technique, which is used in photography to recreate the brush strokes and abstractness of McLean's original painting. Levels of abstraction in McLean's original painting have been reflected in the contemporary digital photographic methods used. Suggestions of figuration apparent in the painting can also be seen in the updated version, while still keeping to the original's abstract aesthetic.

Max Boardman
Both my images are based on the painting 'Common Market' by William Patrick Roberts (1963). After seeing this, I was immediately inspired to create a similar image but taken around the Preston market.
Originally, the painting was conceived as Britain prepared to join the EEC (Common Market). My photograph acts as a contemporary update as we now prepare to leave the EU. The first image is of a shopper heading away from the old market, showing that we are moving on to the new. This image is very high contrast and utilises the harsh natural light that was present when the photos were taken. The second image shows the intricate architecture of the Preston Fish Market. The tones and colours are very similar to my first image and utilises the natural light, showing very strong highlights and deep shadows.

See this painting in a new light.
Photography students from Myerscough College have made contemporary responses to five paints in the Harris' collection. See their exhibition The Re-Take on the staircase.

Brett Aspinall




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