Philippa Raye

Extended Diploma in Art & Design - Year 1 - Canterbury


My Final Major Project, ‘Juliet’, was heavily impacted by my love of classical literature. I selected Fine Art Photography as my pathway to explore the thematic subject of Identity. Using a Nikon DSLR camera and Adobe Photoshop, I created a series of photographic Tableaux Vivants, recreating the key night-time scenes from the Shakespearean play Romeo and Juliet. My sisters acted as my models, in the roles of the ingénue character Juliet, who was the main focus of my theme, and Romeo as a periphery character. My aim was to show how relatable the Juliet character was on her own, as a single identity away from the Romeo character; which I think that I achieved through showing her emotional state of mind and bypassing Romeo’s character, as he only appears in the series as a poisoned corpse.

In addition, I also created a series of cyanotype photographic prints, outlining Juliet’s soliloquies (abridged) in an Olde English typeface, to pair-up alongside the imagery. Each passage of writing was paired with the corresponding image to give more context to the photographic story.

The story of Romeo and Juliet is one of the most famous and recognisable plays in the world. I selected three famous scenes to recreate as my Tableaux Vivants, scenes that many of my peers would know: the balcony scene Act 2, Scene 2 (set in the moonlight); the vial scene Act 4, Scene 3 (set by candlelight); and the death/double suicide scene Act 5, Scene 3 (set by torchlight in the Capulet family crypt).

Throughout working on my Final Major Project, and gaining feedback on my work, I personally found that without Romeo people do not tend to think much about the identity of Juliet as a standalone character. This was a factor that affected some of my artistic decisions.

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'Wherefore Art Thou Romeo?'
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'Juliet's Bedchamber'
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'Romeo, I Drink to Thee!'
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'Juliet's Dismal Scene'
Philippa Raye | Pre-degree & Foundation Studies
'O Happy Dagger!'