• Jade Starmore
  • Rebecca Wyman
  • Deniz Uster


This series of photographs explores the idea of the beautiful young woman dropped like a Monopoly house into a location at odds with her perfect appearance. It takes inspiration from Pre-Raphaelite artworks, where the sitters recline gracefully amid artfully gathered gowns, passively awaiting a tragedy only hinted at by a slight pout of the lips. Even when fully submerged in rivers on their way to an untimely demise, every limb and lock of hair is perfectly positioned to give the viewer the best window onto their beauty. No allowance is given for the discomfort of the pose, the impossible neckline which would cause the dress to fall to the floor if the sitter stood, the cold water seeping through the rich fabric. All consideration is for the viewer.