Trained as a classical painter, photographer Simon Procter imbues many of his shoots with the gravitas typical of renaissance paintings, albeit with a modern twist.
This particular shoot was published in Vs magazine under the title “The Fall, a Truly Divine Story” and exhibited in a gallery in Paris as “The Daystar Project”.
Each picture in this series is an intricate composite of many layers, carefully arranged to create what appears like spontaneous movement caught in a particular moment in time. To that end, Procter recruited the help of choreographer Julian Blight and art collective En But d’Aller Vers, recreated thunderous skies and seeked inspiration in the works of French 18th century engraver Gustave Doré (who illustrated some quite graphic and dramatic religious and biblical scenes) and English Painter John Martin (who made massive apocalyptic canvases).
The results are well, pretty impressive…
Simon further expanded the concept of this shoot by creating a pair of experimental videos reusing much of the original imagery: