|PRAYER BEFORE BIRTH by Jack Stewart|
The advertisement said that pregnant women were required for a photographic project. I wrote in response saying that clearly I was not what the guy wanted but would he photograph me anyway. The reply came back "You are exactly what I want". Jack was then in the second year of a Photography degree course at Middlesex University. We met there and I had what was one of the most enjoyable shoots.
The idea for the shoot was based on the poem "Prayer before Birth" by Louis MacNeice.
|I am not yet born; O hear me.|
Let not the bloodsucking bat or the rat or the stoat or the club-footed ghoul come near me.
I am not yet born, console me.
I fear that the human race may with tall walls wall me, with strong drugs dope me, with wise lies lure me, on black racks rack me, in blood-baths roll me.
He wanted me to curl up naked in foetal position in large piece of red gauze material to replicate a womb. Then he asked me to stand in a shallow pool and hold a balloon full of red dyed water against my stomach and to pierce it with a pin as he clicked the shutter. God, it was cold but thrilling too.
Jack has produced a wonderful book on the project which I am sure would be available to anyone who is interested in buying it.
|BLOOD by Jack Stewart|