A Modern Day Fairytale

Matt and I worked around the theme of two traditional legends for these photoshoots – the Lady of Shalott and Tamlane. On a basic level, both stories feature elite women who have fallen in love. As such, we selected luxurious clothing for our models and aimed for a romantic atmosphere in all our images. For the Lady of Shalott shoot, we decided to put a contemporary twist on the myth photographing our model in a punt on the river Cam. We also ‘drowned’ her in glamour. For Tamlane, we used candles, alongside the light of the setting sun, to introduce a sense of mysticism to our setting. The deep reflective green of our model’s outfit was chosen with the flickering of candles on a grassy bank in mind.

Lady of Shallot

She left the web, she left the loom, She made three paces through the room,

She saw the water-lily bloom, She saw the helmet and the plume, She look'd down to Camelot. Out flew the web and floated wide; The mirror crack'd from side to side;

"The curse is come upon me," cried The Lady of Shalott.

— Alfred, Lord Tennyson


Janet has kilted her green kirtle A little above her knee, And she has braided her yellow hair A little above her brow,

And she is to her father's house,

As fast as she can go.

Four and twenty ladies fair Were playing at the ball, And out then came the fair Janet, The flower among them all.

Four and twenty ladies fair Were playing at the chess, And out then came the fair Janet,

As green as any glass.

— translated by by Steffen Mallory