“And just as the Phoenix rose from the ashes, she too will rise. Returning from the flames, clothed in nothing but her strength, more beautiful than ever before.” — Shannen Heartz
From the legend of the Phoenix, Vee Speers draws inspiration for this evocative story about powerful women. Poised as they reconcile their past, they are contemplative, melancholic yet defiant, turning towards the future as they reflect upon the ghost of their untold stories.
Never afraid to push the boundaries, Speers takes us on an emotional journey with portraits and landscapes that are at once nostalgic and contemporary, hues faded, marking the passage of time. Scattered fragments are pieced together as the narrative unfolds, clothing is torn, soiled, burned and gazes are languid. Yet the quest for recognition and renewed identity is resurrected through a shared vision, crossing frontiers with courage, strength and determination. Like some kind of illusion that seems suspended in the memories of a dramatic event, hope rises like a phoenix from the ashes, forging a path in a brave new world.
At once powerful and vulnerable, Speers’ portraits are timeless symbols of transformation between life and loss and the renaissance of a new identity.
The women of Phoenix are styled against the backdrop of an imperfect world, empowered with strength and emotion.
Phoenix by Vee Speers is available from The Little Black Gallery, Jackson Fine Art, The Photographers Gallery and Fahey Klein.
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