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Selah

The Hebrew word selah appears throughout the Book of Psalms. Its precise meaning is mysterious, but it is interpreted as a pause to breathe and reflect.

Mark Margolis (Rory Lewis Photographer) Selah Exhibition

Mark Margolis (Rory Lewis Photographer) Selah Exhibition

Rory Lewis is a dedicated portraitist who has spent over a decade on a quest to capture many of the world’s most recognised faces. Sittings have included the likes of William Shatner, Tony BlairSir Ian McKellen, Iain Glen, Rufus Sewell, Natalie Dormer to name a few. Several iconic portraits of Rory’s have been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Rory breaks the mould of typical risk-averse portraiture which is commissioned within the media industry. Dynamically challenging the established norm and instead injecting moments of spontaneity, and even awkwardness, in to his imagery he successfully shuns the aggrandising and sycophantic result typically seen in portraits of the famous. Rory’s aim is to strip back the artificial layers of staid portraiture and replace it with strangeness and a sense of quiet.

It’s not unusual for photographers to be inspired by other types of art. As you may have noticed their is a great deal of Renaissance Italian influence in my portraiture. Drawing inspiration from the Old Master painters like Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Titian and Ribera. I have attempted to masterfully recreate the light, atmosphere and tones of classical portrait paintings. This is even more apparent in my latest project entitled Selah.

James Purefoy (Rory Lewis Photographer 2019)

James Purefoy (Rory Lewis Photographer 2019)

The Hebrew word selah appears throughout the Book of Psalms. Its precise meaning is mysterious, but it is interpreted as a pause to breathe and reflect. “It has been my aim throughout the project to attempt to recreate meditative religious scenes, directing my subjects to capture the highest moment of drama.”

”Selah has found its foundation’s in counter reformation art. “I have been lost in the work of Ribera. His depictions of saints and religious figures, draw their inspiration directly from Caravaggio’s tenebrism.”

The exhibition features portraits of Actors, James Purefoy, Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, Ciarán Hinds, Tony Amendola, Peter Van Norden, Tess Harper, Natalie Dormer and many more.


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