There is one word that seems to bear to mind when first glancing Rebecca Pead in this photo shoot: dark. But darkness in how many forms? Mysterious, shady, iniquitous, clandestine, dusky, haunted, doleful. From the notions of sinfulness and dark intent to hidden thoughts and an enigmatic nature Peter Coulson manages to capture a mood and thought that appeals to the darker side of life.
Rebecca Pead has a seductress’s face, with absorbing accents across the eyes and brows, drawing one into the ambiguous look of both innocence and provocation. Coulson manages to enhance these features through the use of light and dark; contrasting the shades against one another as well as hiding them within each other allows for each feature to stand on its own, giving it accent and highlights beyond that if it were drowned in colour.
Pead announces a certain authority in each photo, with each portrait framing not only her dark and light qualities but also the temperament she is feeling within each. From vaguely aware, to naively sensitive and knowingly fierce, she strikes a mood within each frame. With Coulson’s flair and aptitude he succeeds in capturing a picture with a 1000 words.
View all of Peter Coulson’s (peter-coulson.com.au) portrait of Rebecca Pead by clicking on the thumbnails.