On October 29th, at Skin Two Halloween Ball, we present the photography of Helena Eloise. Helena graduated from Salford University with a Visual Arts BA (Hons) and worked in the music industry for Manchester’s Airtight and Tangled clubs. Her images have been published in Mix Mag and The Big Issue and her first solo exhibition took place in 2003, in Stockport, with reviews in the Stockport Express and Manchester Evening News.
Helena evolved into fetish photography in a partnership with Howard Haigh that began in 2009. Between them they created Fetish Rocks, a combination of photography, music, latex fashion and live dance performance. Fetish Rocks ran its first event as part of Wigan’s NXNW week long arts festival, supported by The Arts Council and other local funding bodies. The exhibition was reviewed by The Guardian and Skin Two magazine.
Helena worked closely with latex clothing designer Joy Williams during the final year of her Cambridge University degree in 2010 and Fetish Rocks sponsored Joy’s final degree show, providing images of her latex couture clothing. Fetish Rocks and Joy’s designs featured a three page article in Skin Two LateXtra magazine.
Helena Eloise’s exhibition in April 2011 titled ‘Urban & Erotic Explorations’ was reviewed by Alt Fashion Magazine – “intriguing, and eye catching images… a stunning example of some of the North’s most intriguing derelict locations. The beautiful deconstruction of these locations is depicted within the photos, in a manner that truly fits the fetish angle of the images.” This exhibition will be featured alongside new images at the Skin Two Halloween Ball.
Helena creates images for alternative fashion model portfolios, promo work, events and exhibitions, as well as conceptual work. She enjoys urban exploration and this inspires shoots featuring deserted hospitals, derelict farm houses, or old forgotten churches. She is interested in what is left behind in spaces once they have been abandoned and nature takes over.
Her portraiture has a very theatrical feel, adding many elements which tell a story and capture the personality or alter ego of the model on camera. Role play, costume, props or capturing a moment, combined with scene setting are ingredients of a Helena Eloise image. Her inspiration comes from Helmut Newton, Jan Saudek and Mario Testino.
As well as her exhibition, Helena will also set up a portrait studio for a limited time at the Halloween Ball, so track her down if you’d like a really special image of yourself.
Information on Skin Two Halloween Ball is at www.skintwohalloweenball.com
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Helena Eloise is at www.facebook.com/helenaeloisephotography