Lilly, Five Mirrors (2003)
Photograph (Alternative Process) by Alva Bernadine


  • Photograph (Alternative Process), Other
  • From a limited edition of 7
  • Size: 36 × 24 × 2 in / 36 × 24 in (actual image size)
  • Signed and numbered certificate of authenticity

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Alva Bernadine

United Kingdom

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Artist's description:

Orgasmic nude reflected in five mirrors on a cupboard in front of a patterned wall.

From my Reflect Upon This series

I once bought six small mirrors in a £1 shop with no real idea of what I was going to do with them. After a false start it occurred to me to try to reflect nudes in them. Because they were so small that I could only reflect a small portion of the the model’s body in one. I decided to make this a virtue, getting the viewer to fill in the missing bits of the body. I then had to decide on the most strategic features of the body to use. It soon became clear that it should be the face, breasts, groin, knees and feet. I started out using as many mirrors as I could until I worked my way down to one. On the way discovering I could put the mirrors in a different plane or order or further apart than expected or reflecting the image in a mirror with another mirror.42

I have shot many pictures with mirrors. Check out my video on the subject.

Features about the series:

Ready to hang. Image infused in to aluminium sheet. Archival, glossy, hard wearing and waterproof, light, printed edge to edge.

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  • Ready to Hang