Last week I went to see Miles Aldridges – I only want you to love me fashion photography exhibition at Somerset house; I would say I love his work, the fantasy colour tone of the imagery but with the dark story behind.
Miles Aldriidges, he studied illustration at Central St. Martin; he was a music director before he became a fashion photographer in 1993. His first photography project was with W magazine, and now he work with numerous of renowned magazine and designer label.
He was raised by his mother on her own, because his father left them when he was 12. His father Alan Aldridges, is a illustrator design album covers for Elton John and even Beatles; but unfortunately his father decided to move with another women, suddenly his happy family crumbled into pieces. Since then, he watched his mother struggled to bring them up. Most of his works are inspired by his mother single parental hard life. “ The women in the pictures are often based on the mother I grew up with” “ She’s not the wife of a successful illustrator, although she’s glamorous enough to be that. Instead she’s someone who continually cooks and washes and cleans and wears this unemotional, mask-like face…I think my mother felt trapped by me and my sister, but she was definitely a kind if muse of me.”
Therefore, from his work we can see most of the models he choose are all with glamour, beautiful look, but through their empty eyes and unsmiling face we see the sadness behind this perfect appearance. In order to make the outcome feel closer to his childhood, he set the scene in daily housewife places such as kitchens, supermarket or with kids.