“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”

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!

Huge thank you to Anna at Anna Trigg Haute Couture​ for letting me ruin a beautiful wedding dress! To Clara at Wilde Thyme​ for creating a beautiful headpiece and bouquet (the colours were perfect!) and to Eva Miere MUA​ for delicately applying the subtle make-up that helped enhance Andreia’s amazing skin tones and transform her into a ghostly figure.

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

The exhibition starts Monday 10th April at The Berni Gallery and features an eclectic variety of work in a variety of mediums based on tales of Jersey’s supernatural past.