Hollywoodland by Vicky Martin

Sorry Wrong Number by Vicky Martin

An endless fascination with classical Hollywood cinema, and the role of women within society that is propagated through the silver screen, has inspired this series. Hollywoodland is a series of portrait photographs that convey both the aesthetics of the era and the deeper issues of gender that began to surface particularly within the 1950s and 1960s.

Whatever Happened To Baby Jane by Vicky Martin

The protagonist within the series emulates the ideal of the Hollywood blonde, who was made desirable by the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, and Lana Turner, among others, manipulating her natural image to conform to male perceptions of beauty, as after all “gentlemen prefer blondes”.

I Wake Up Screaming by Vicky Martin

Each photograph contains the clapperboard, upon which is written a film title taken from the golden era of cinema, that intends to simultaneously add meaning, and ambiguity, to the emotions conveyed visually by the protagonist, who is acting out roles perceived as necessary to the female, albeit in a glamorous, stylised way informed by the fictional lives of women seen on screen.
During the golden age of Hollywood, women were led to pursue unattainable ideals of beauty, of femininity, and of their domestic role within society, which inevitably led to feelings of confusion, of inferiority (both towards men and in terms of their natural beauty), and of unfulfillment. My intent is to convey the overwhelming social pressure to conform to such ideals, which is glamorised by cinema and thereby internalised by the female.

 

 

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Vicky intertwines her created characters with staged realities, which seek to convey the tension and conflicts found within the self. Throughout her work she likes to explore, through strong female characters, recurring themes that she is drawn to, which include: conformity to the stereotypical, individual and societal expectations of femininity, vulnerability and self-doubt. Whilst all her works contribute to the narrative framework developed across her series', they also each depict an element of ambiguity that the viewer is invited to interpret in relation to themselves and their unique perception of the world.

 


Vicky Martin

Vicky Martin

Vicky Martin is an award winning British photographer with a background in art and design. She is best known for her conceptual portraits depicting the conflict between themes of fantasy and reality and strength and vulnerability, especially in relation to the female experience.

Her work has been widely published and exhibited nationally and internationally, from Europe to the USA in solo and group shows and her work continues to garner many awards and nominations which include Portrait Photographer of The Year 2020 at the Minimalist Photography Awards, Finalist at the Lensculture Art Photography Awards 2019, Winner of the Professional Beauty and Fashion Category at the Chromatic Awards 2018, Winner of the All About Photo Magazine Colors issue 2018, Winner of the Single Image in the Professional Fine Art Category at the 12th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards 2018 and Winner of the Professional Fine Art Series at 2016 Fine Art Photography Awards.

Permanent Collection

FotoNostrum Mediterranean House of Photography, Barcelona, Spain.

Latest Solo Exhibitions

PH21 Gallery Project Room, Budapest, Hungary. Not In Kansas, 4 – 27 July 2019

Light House Gallery, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. “Past” 2009

Group Exhibitions 2020

ImageNation Galerie Joseph Turenne, Paris. Ethereal A Modern Romance. 13-15 Nov

Photos de Femmes Chateau de Lomenie, South of France. Seeing Women 16-18 Oct

Photos de Femmes Chateau de LaLande, South of France. Seeing Women 2-4 Oct

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