Giclée print on archival watercolour paper
31 in x 44 in
Edition of 5
Courtesy of the artist
Throwing himself into Detroit’s vibrant punk scene of the late 1970s cost Boswell Hardwick his place at art school. However, via the beauty arts and millinery, Hardwick achieved success as a commercial photographer specialising in fashion, beauty, portraiture and architecture.
The fabulous Mohawk headwear for Hardwick’s ‘Untitled’ work was created out of paper by Kevin Givins. Hardwick enriched the image by bathing the model in white, elongating her neck, sharpening her shoulders and creating a foggy, mystical atmosphere - making the model other-worldly and alien-like. It’s one of a series of three stunning images each with different magnificent headwear.
Hardwick has a particular affinity for Paris, a city he visits two or three times each year. He perceives Detroit as having the same spirit and attitude as Paris: exciting, incredible, unsinkable. In dramatic, poignant black and white imagery, Hardwick’s latest exhibition combines the grit of Parisian architecture with the elegance and grace of fashion.
Hedge, issue 39, February 2016, pp38-46