Derek Galon

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I just worked with a seasoned artists\' model, Michael Ward. He models professionally for about 30 years with countless fine artists - photographers, sculptors and painters alike. Shooting with him was a real treat, and I was excited he agreed to model for me in his fine armour from Britain. We also selected one of his swords - a fine and authentic Claymore blade. I spent a bit of time thinking ahead about the concept for the shoot. Surely, photographing a knight in armour asks for some mystical ambiance, a fairy tale like scenery and atmosphere like from William Waterhouse paintings. But, if I would go too much this direction and only this direction, it could be risky, touching of cheap and pretentious style. So, I decided to combine mystical feel of this shoot with real feelings and expressions - a human drama. How was it to be a warrior on his long battle path centuries ago? How many horrors hardened his soul, how many tragedies and lost comrades made him weep when nobody was watching? How about physical pain? I hope this image talks. Do you think so? Thank you for looking.

The Knight Of Might

Published March 31st, 2012

Trying to have a break from Caribbean and architecture photography every now and then, I enjoy working with models from Victoria.

Continuing with series of portraits and studio works, I just had the privilege of working with seasoned artists' model, Michael Ward. He models professionally for about 30 years, and over this period worked with countless fine artists - photographers, sculptors and painters alike. Shooting with him was a real treat, and I was excited that he agreed to model for me in his fine armour from Britain - one of his 250 outfits, as I learned. We also selected one of his swords - a fine and authentic Claymore blade.

I spent a bit of time thinking ahead about the concept for the shoot. Surely, photographing a knight in armour asks for some mystical ambiance, a fairy tale like scenery and atmosphere like from famous William Waterhouse paintings. But, if I would go too much this direction and only this direction, it could be risky, touching of cheap and pretentious ...

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