The Monday Muse Week 5

28 September 2015

Region: London

The Monday Muse Week 5

This week’s muse is the iconic photograph, based on a suggestion by RPS London member Peter Parker. 

“I often attend shoots organised by It’s a great way of getting studio time without the expense of the lights, equipment and models. I just pay, turn up and shoot. So you never really know exactly what you’re going to get.  When I walked into the studio and saw Julie, the model, she instantly reminded me of Twiggy and the iconic shot taken in the 1960s by David Bailey. So I tried to recreate that feeling myself. Julie was a very cooperative model and we played around with the lighting and eventually I knew I had what I wanted – a shot that captured the gamine Twiggy look in an homage to Bailey. Well I liked it anyway!” (Peter Parker)

So this week we’re asking you to choose one of the greats and recreate it as faithfully as possible.

“Producing a total copy of something is actually quite difficult.  It requires you to genuinely see the work and to think it through deeply.  [...] When you recreate a work of art, you enhance your understanding of its greatness.  You’ll find that what you intended as a total copy soon outgrows the boundaries of imitation, thus revealing the individuality of each photographer/creator.”  (Takashi Homma in The Photographer’s Playbook (2014), edited by Jason Fulford and Gregory Holpern; Aperture, New York).

Image © Peter Parker

Monday Muse Info

As the inspirational ideas we posted as part of the Bleeding London project proved to be so popular, we’re going to continue the theme with The Monday Muse.  Every Monday, we’ll be posting an inspirational idea for the week, with links to tips and suggestions on how to achieve the best images.  We’ll be featuring our favourites here on the blog and in our monthly eZine Capital Interest.  And just to add a bit of competition, we’ll be running a points league.  There is one point for posting an image and there will be occasional bonus points.  At the end of the year, whoever has the most points will receive a gift voucher to spend in the RPS shop. 

What to do next


Take your iconic image.

EITHER upload it to an album in the RPS galleries and send the link to  

OR post the image (or a link to it) to the RPS London group on Facebook

OR tweet it (@ The_RPSLonfon; hashtag #rpsmuse)

OR upload to Instagram (hashtag #rpsmuse)


Small Print

Images must be taken after the topic has been announced.  By submitting to The Monday Muse, you agree that we can use your images on the RPS website and in RPS publications.  Copyright remains with the photographer.  Full accreditation will be given.