Yes, I know, I’ve probably managed to alienate some of my readers with my passion for David Hamilton but look, I don’t find his photography shocking. Not even the piquant teen nudes. I think he genuinely has managed to achieve a sort of exquisite and poetic timelessness, a style that has become instantly recognisable. His images and techniques continue to have potency today. I confess to not liking many of his copycat groupies but there is one person who successfully and credibly embraced his approach. I’ve kept this Ellen Nolan fashion shoot in a drawer for a couple of years and it’s a miracle I even came across it since I never buy the Telegraph! I was surprised. Her pictures had an immediate effect on me. They seem to be driven by piercing observation and a sure understanding of Hamilton’s pieces. Beautiful.
I wonder if David Hamilton will one day be acknowledged for the remarkable artist that he is… He’s a familiar figure in my life but deserves to be lingered over by everyone.
Photos courtesy of Ellen Nolan