For the past year and half, Tom Bagshaw has been working on a inspiring project entitled “The Black Lodge”, setting out to create a series of portraits that would only be available through his online shop. Along with the framed, one-off digital prints, there is also a limited edition book available with the collected series of portraits and additional complimentary works. The book is limited to an edition of 100 and is numbered, signed, and embossed. The following is an intro by Tom about this exciting series.
The whole project really came about as an experiment to see whether I could get some volunteer models for my work via Instagram. I had a rough idea that I wanted to produce some darker themed portraits, and finding suitable models always causes me no end of problems. So at the beginning of January 2013, I put up an ad on Instagram asking for some volunteers for the project. I was pretty amazed by the response; I ended up with 800+ people putting themselves forward over a weekend! After 48 hrs I went through every single picture and profile and selected a group of models, thanking everyone else for volunteering.
I sent each of the models a rough sketch of a pose and got them to take some basic photo reference shots. Then I went ahead and started working on one portrait at a time. Obviously, because it was a personal project I had to fit it in around commissions and exhibition work. To produce the 18 portraits, together with 5 complimentary pieces, it ended up taking a year and a half. The main idea was to produce one off portraits that would be sold via my online store rather than as a gallery exhibition, purely in an effort to create works that would (hopefully) be within reach of a wider collectors market. I also wanted to produce a show catalogue or book that would collate the series, essentially making mini prints available to those who could not afford or missed out on the framed works.
In the end I was able to produce a 7×9.25″ perfect bound book, with a soft velvet laminate and spot UV cover, more than I originally intended but hopefully people will like it! The framed works, along with the book will be launched on the Mostlywanted Shop on the 1st August, I’ve had a lot of fun doing this project and am really pleased to see how well things are being received so far!
Take a look at the preview below; order and see the rest of the series here: MostlyWanted