Golder-Thompson Gift, dedicated to Rebecca Hicks and Nicola Shane.
This photograph is from a series of miniature profile studies; its title is Made Up Love Song and was the outcome of numerous meetings between the artist and the subject, Sophia, over a six-month period. The purpose was to create a close and mutually trusting relationship which could be captured in the photographs taken for the finished work. von Zwehl seeks to give the viewer a sense of intimacy, using a simple composition, a neutral background and a single light source. In previous eras framed miniature paintings were given as portable love tokens, an idea hinted at here in the title.