Miles Aldridge @ Somerset House

I have a kind of love-hate relationship with Miles Aldridge’s work. Sometimes I love the bright images with dramatic posing and at other times I find his photographs garish and forced.

On show at Somerset House is a display of admiration to female beauty. At times the images are so saturated they cease to look like photographs anymore and take on a painterly quality which is the case in Aldridge’s food prints. Somerset House treats us to both blown up versions of the magazine images to a view of the selection process so we can see how Aldridge chooses and edits his images.

Amongst the images are everyone from Lily Cole, Barbara Palvin and Cara Delevingne. My favourite images however are his Virgin Mary images which are just stunning!

Regardless of any previous knowledge of Aldridge’s work I fully recommend any fashion and photography lovers to visit his show at Somerset House. It is dramatic, full of colour and at times absurd – perfect to feast our eyes on during this ridiculous summer heat!

Miles Aldridge: I Only Want You to Love Me is on display at Somerset House until September 28

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Lizzy Vartanian Collier is a London-based writer and curator. She is the founder of Gallery Girl - a London-based curatorial platform and website dedicated to modern and contemporary art from across the globe. Her work is primarily focused on supporting emerging female artists from the Middle East and the Caucasus. She has written for Canvas Magazine, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Ibraaz, Jdeed Magazine, Suitcase and Vice Arabia among other publications. Her exhibitions in London and Armenia have been featured in Vogue Arabia, The Art Newspaper, The Art Gorgeous and numerous other news outlets. Gallery Girl has also spoken in the UK, UAE and Belgium about the contemporary art scene in the MENA region, and is planning further events in London and Amman.

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