Jersey Myths & Legends


‘The Lady & The Lake’

In waters she rests fair lady and dress,
Arranged marriage avoided – a love far from blessed,
Her heart unwilling to make such mistake,
Her fate now sealed as The Lady & The Lake.

Returning to avenge, a love unbloomed,
Poisoned and blackened – her soul now consumes,
A temptress of men – knees weaken on sight,
She seduces her pray under glistening moon light.

Her snare long set, now victim in grasp,
A struggle ensues but it’s one that won’t last,
No screaming or shouting can save you my friend,
‘The Lady & The Lake’ has struck again.


The Inspiration…

A few months ago I saw an article about a series of Jersey Myths & Legends stamps that had been created by local artist Nick Parlett.

There were no images with the text I read but my imagination instantly started racing with ideas and from that moment my mind was set on completing my own photographic series.

I’d been wanting to do something with a local twist that was reflective of my style of creative portraiture and conceptual imagery and this ticked so many boxes.

There were stories of dragons, witches, fairies and more – and I saw it as an opportunity to indulge the nostalgic ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ watching little boy I used to be.

One of my first steps was to research the numerous stories and reach out to other local creatives that I thought would add something to the project in terms of both their skill and their passion.

With Eva Miere onboard (a fantastic make up artist that I’d worked with on previous creative collaborations ) we arranged a meeting with the author of ‘Jersey Folklore & Superstitions Volumes 1 & 2’ – Giles de Bois – who kindly provided us with a wealth of information on the various myths and legends that enrich Jersey’s history.

The Shoot…

The first image from our interpretation of the Jersey legend ‘The Lady & The Lake’ – influenced by an Ophelia theme that I feel worked perfectly for this opening shot.

The legend tells of a young bride who, in desperation of avoiding an arranged marriage to a man she doesn’t love, drowns herself on the morning of her wedding day.

This was actually the final image we shot on the day as I didn’t want Andreia Magalhães to freeze too much(!) – but she was an absolute hero – as I’d expected.

Myself and the late, great Nicholas Javed had shot with Andreia before in the ice cold wintry seas so I knew (hoped) she’d be willing to do the same in a pond in February! And she didn’t disappoint!

In waters she rests fair lady and dress,
Arranged marriage avoided – a love far from blessed,
Her heart unwilling to make such mistake,
Her fate now sealed as ‘The Lady & The Lake’


Legend has it that the ghostly figure of the young bride returned to haunt the lake. She would often appear at night – hoping to satisfy her vengeful heart by luring young men to the water…

‘Returning to avenge, a love unbloomed,
Poisoned and blackened – her soul now consumes,
A temptress of men – knees weaken on sight,
She seduces her pray under glistening moon light’


The final image from the first story of our Jersey Myths & Legends project – ‘The Lady & The Lake’.

Legend has it that the allure of the ghostly figure of ‘The Lady’ enticed male victims to the cold depths – where she would drown them!

This was undoubtedly the trickiest one to shoot and edit.

As you can see from the behind the scenes video it was pretty funny to shoot!

I’d always wanted this one to be a bit more conceptual and surreal – just showing ‘The Lady’s’ hands pulling her victim into the water, but it turned out that it was much harder to create that than I’d imagined.

Andreia Magalhães Model was weighed down by the wet wedding dress (kindly provided by Anna Trigg Haute Couture) so it was hard for her to move in the thick mud, whilst Peter was freezing, trying to channel his inner ‘drowning victim’ – doing his best not to laugh/cry at both himself and the situation he’d found himself in!

Thankfully, having fired off a lot of frames, I was able to piece together what I needed to bring the image to life.

‘Her snare long set, now victim in grasp,
A struggle ensues but it’s one that won’t last,
No screaming or shouting can save you my friend,
‘The Lady & The Lake’ has struck again’


Thanks to…

Jersey Arts Trust for supporting this project and to Jersey Arts Centre for accepting the work to feature in the Jersey Myths & Legends Exhibition.

The exhibition opened 10th April 2017 at The Berni Gallery and runs throughout April and into May & features an eclectic variety of work in a variety of mediums based on tales of Jersey’s supernatural past.

Thanks again to everyone who made this project possible.

The Team…

Andreia Magalhães – ‘The Lady’ – www.facebook.com/andreia.modeling

Peter Boleat – ‘The Victim’

Eva Miere – Make Up Artist – www.evamieremua.co.uk

Anna Trigg – Suzanne Neville Maiden Dress – www.annatrigg.com

Clara Barthorp – Flowers & Headdress – www.wildethyme.com

Callum Thorne – Videography – www.facebook.com/callumthornefilmphoto

Danny Richardson – Concept & Photography – www.dannyrichardsonphotography.com/art

Josh Richardson – Assistant

Aran Clark – Assistant


‘The Lady & The Lake’ Full Video…

Full length behind-the-scenes video by Callum Thorne.