We recently enjoyed stumbling upon the work of Rachel Megawhat at The Herrick Gallery in Mayfair and enjoyed admiring her photographic series of flowers. Rachel Megawhat is a London-based, British photographer. She trained as a photo assistant and has worked extensively as a commercial and press photographer as well as exhibiting widely in the fine art arena. Her work has been included in shows in the UK, South Korea and the USA, and has appeared in countless newspapers, magazines, books and websites. She has an MA in fine art graphics from UAL and is a member of the British Press Photographers Association.
These flower pictures are described by the artist as being ‘deeply shallow’. Very deliberately apolitical, these are contemplative works aiming to find objective beauty and eternal truths, as a counterpoint to our super-fast information culture. The images are all made in-camera with minimal post-processing, marking a return to a pre-digital style of photography. All images were taken with Fujifilm-X series cameras, and the printing process, chromaluxe, is the most exquisite archival process available in the world today. Dye-sublimated onto an aluminium surface, these scratch, fire and fade resistant prints will last for generations – the antithesis of disposable pixels.
When did you first pick up a camera and when did you decide that this was something you wanted to pursue?
I was more into painting as a kid, I didn’t take up photography seriously until I was 20, after I had worked as a studio assistant for a couple of years. I guess I took it seriously after I began to be published. The first works I had published were all a mixture of painting and photography.
How do you select the subjects for your photographs?
As a commercial photographer I don’t get to choose, but for my personal work, I guess it’s whatever catches my eye. For one series I just photographed broken computer screens and sometimes I just photograph light. I have been known to approach strangers and ask to photograph them, just because they have good faces, but that is awkward and can come over as creepy!
How do you describe your style?
I have been told I am a colourist. I find it quite hard to describe my own work.
Tell us about your flower series, why are you drawn to flowers?
Their beauty. Years ago I began to photograph flowers and small things because I could experiment with lighting without needing a large studio. I guess that still holds true now, you can get to quite a contemplative state photographing flowers, they are much more patient and tolerant than human models.
Do you have favourite flowers?
I love the shape of aquilegia; there are very few flowers that I don’t like.
What are your plans for the future?
I’d like to photograph more flowers and am working on a book. I’d also like to do more studio fashion work and to be commissioned to photograph the Mardi Gras Indians!