Miles Aldridge’s ‘I Only Want You To Love Me’ launches at Somerset House
Miles Aldridge may have been in the tabloids recently due to his very public divorce with the striking Kristen McMenamy but at last night’s launch of his latest exhibition at Somerset House, ‘I Only Want You To Love Me’ (how fitting), Aldridge appeared every inch the man in control, just like his work.
Aldridge is known for his compelling fashion photography that juxtaposes bored catwalk beauties in everyday scenarios – the drugstore, the fast food restaurant, the laundromat, making them appear just that little bit repressed and Stepford Wife like. Glamorous alienation.
Aldridge’s work appears as a cross between Hitchcockian suspense thriller and David Lynch’s surreal and menacing reality where characters move disconnected to their surroundings. Aldridge captures a snapshot of a structured stylised everyday universe – a blink in a fashion eye.
‘I Only Want You to Love Me’ at Somerset House is a major retrospective of his work, to coincide with the publication of the book by the same name, published by Rizzoli. This is the largest exhibition of his work to date and includes large-scale photographic prints from throughout his career including previously unpublished material as well as hand-drawn story-boards, drawings, polaroids and magazines, offering an intimate insight into Aldridge’s point of view and process.
Aldridge’s work and aptitude for colour and a neurotic reality is influenced by film directors such as Lynch and Federico Fellini; the styled elegance of fashion photographer Richard Avedon and the psychedelic illustrations of his father, Alan Aldridge. Each image is immaculately crafted, often starting with story-board drawings so that the final image lies somewhere between cinema and photography.
‘I Only Want You To Love’ me should be seen for its beauty, its power and its commentary on modern life as well as for its absurd colour-pop take on reality.
‘I Only Want You To Love Me’ runs from 10th July-29th September 2013 at Somerset House, The Strand (Embankment East Galeries) from 10am – 6pm Daily. Late night opening Thursdays until 9pm. Admission prices: £6, Concession £4.50