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Interview with Jamie Nelson

Introducing Jamie Nelson's captivating online exhibition, "There's No Aphrodisiac Like Love”, presented by Addicted Art Gallery. The exhibition is a visual journey into the intricacies and allure of human connections. Through a masterful blend of photography, emotion, and storytelling, Jamie delves into the depths of intimacy, exploring the nuanced dynamics of love in its many forms.

In this interview conducted by the team at JaamZin, we have the privilege of gaining insight into Jamie's creative process, inspirations, and the profound narratives that lie behind each evocative image. Join us as we embark on a dialogue with Jamie Nelson, unraveling the mysteries and magic behind "There's No Aphrodisiac Like Love," and delving into the heart of what makes us human.

Join us as we embark on a dialogue with Jamie Nelson, unraveling the mysteries and magic behind "There's No Aphrodisiac Like Love," and delving into the heart of what makes us human.

Your Love series delves into the universal theme of love, exploring its complexities through various manifestations. Could you share with us what initially inspired you to create this series and how you approached capturing such a multifaceted concept?

I created this love themed series to encourage my audience to evaluate their own relationship with love. Whether love is lost, found, or forgotten, it takes on many different forms, uniting us universally. There is no escaping this innate human need...even if only self-love, we must confront it.

As Orson Welles says: "We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for a moment that we’re not alone.”

Colour plays a significant role in your Love series, with feminine hues of reds and pinks defining the collection. How do you believe the use of colour enhances the storytelling aspect of your photographs, particularly when portraying the theme of love?

A picture speaks a thousand words, while colour evokes a thousand emotions. Since the beginning of my career, I have been known for my use of vivid colour. Using iconography and symbols juxtaposed with bold colours, I breathe life into my artistic visions. An ancient story-telling element, colour theory is inherent amongst all cultures. The colour red is known to evoke a psychological response and immediate attention. Red has both negative and positive connotations from anger to passionate love. The colour pink conjures a soft romantic love, as well as friendship, and inner peace. Red and Pink combined symbolise Valentine's Day, a holiday celebrated by many different religions worldwide dating back to before the 14th century.

Your style has been described as less subtle and over-the-top, incorporating bold graphic iconography to convey your message on love. Can you elaborate on why you chose this approach and how you believe it resonates with viewers?

Known for having a less than subtle, maximalist style, I utilise a "more is more" approach to share my point of view. In this series, I feature classic symbols that speak the language of love to a global audience. The over-the-top graphics allow for an optimistic view of love through youthful expression. However, I recognise possible alternative interpretations through audience engagement. The images act as a mirror, reflecting the viewer's own current relationship with love. Do you have a love / hate relationship with all things love and why?

One striking aspect of your series is the use of models as canvases, adorned with graphic heart stickers and playful kiss marks. What led you to incorporate this artistic element, and what do you hope it adds to the viewer's interpretation of love within your photographs?

I often use the faces of my models as a canvas to illustrate my themes. Dramatic makeup and graphic adornments form a multimedia collage of love. Although the theme of love may seem trite, the images evoke a unique depth within each viewer. The series engages the audience to question both their interpretation of love and how they express it to the world. Are you showing love enough? Do you wear your heart on your sleeve, or do you have love written all over your face?

Your exploration of love during the COVID-19 pandemic adds a unique layer to the series, notably with the image of two women kissing while wearing glamorous protective masks. What inspired you to address love in this context, and how do you think it reflects the complexities of love during challenging times?

While working on an assignment for Vogue Portugal, I was given the theme of love to be shot during the pandemic. During Covid-19, artists were challenged to produce in a safe environment, while producing engaging work. I created an intimate portrait of two women kissing, whilst wearing glamorous Covid style masks. The image aims to elicit thoughtful responses on the global pandemic and gender politics. The audience will interpret the image in vastly different ways depending on one's stance on mask mandates during Covid. A pro-mask audience may see a deep intimacy despite a difficult time. However, an anti-mask audience may interpret the masks as an awkward, humorous, and unnecessary barrier.

Explore Jamie's beautiful Love Series in an interactive virtual gallery setting.

Jamie Nelson: There's No Aphrodisiac Like Love

Date: Now - 12th May, 2024

Time: At Your Leisure

Place: Wherever you are

Bring: Popcorn, chocolate, cocktails

Where: 3D Gallery


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