To take the traditional magazine cover model and turn it into a work of art. This project comenced during the height of COVID, with Italy suffering the most deaths. I therefore collaborated with Italian figurative painter Max Pellegrini. Pellegrini draws freely from a range of disparate sources, including Old Master paintings, pop culture, contemporary life, music, religious iconography, literature, and fashion. He combines these references in landscapes and narrative scenes, often featuring human figures from different eras and environments, while portraying his female figures as emotional poetic symbols. These qualities made him the perfect collaborator to creative evokative, beautiful, and hope inspired images.
After studying Pellegrini's paintings, I photographed Watts on an outdoor COVID compliant set. I then took the photographs and worked them within photographs of Pellegrini's large scale paintings. Due to shut-down, we all thsi work had to be remote through Zoom meetings, emails, and telephone calls.
This project was a huge success with the museum in Turin, where Pellegrini has much of his work, acquiring boxes of the magazine issue.