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High Five: A Deeper Look into Identity

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Photographer, director and artist at Black Dog Films, Anna Fearon, looks at identity and representation in five unique projects

High Five: A Deeper Look into Identity

As a director and photographer, my work centres around telling stories that explore identity through the Black and queer gaze. I create work that uses my voice to amplify voices which have been historically erased and overlooked, with an honest and nuanced sensitivity. Here are some of my favourites across advertising and music...


International Woolmark Prize 2022 - 'Playscape'

Production: Object & Animal
Director: FKA Twigs
Post: ETC
Editorial: Trim Editing

I love the choreography and playfulness. The choreography embodies the playful spirit of Noguchi’s play sculptures featured in the film, and I really enjoyed the 'Rocky Horror Show'-influenced sequences. The theatrical using of lighting with spotlights, coloured lighting and shadows tied all the elements of the film together.

Beats by Dre - 'You Love Me'

Agency: Translation New York
Production, Post & Music: PRETTYBIRD
Director: Melina Matsoukas

The voiceover itself is so powerful accompanied by beautiful shots celebrating Black excellence, style, beauty and love is empowering by the 'Queen & Slim' director Melina. This an important piece of advertising for a brand to use its platform as a voice and form of activism. 

Marvin Gaye - 'What's Going On'

Director: Savannah Leaf

A powerful and moving music video that epitomises the poignant lyrics of Marvin Gaye’s classic 'What's Going On'. The video is a quiet and sensitive, human and nuanced representation of the track.

Sephora - 'Unlimited Power of Beauty'

Agency: BETC Paris
Production: Iconoclast
Director: Jonas Lindstroem

A beautiful depiction of beauty through the story from girlhood to womanhood. There is a sensitive and intimate representation of the passing of time through the small moments of finding self-love and beauty within the protagonist.

Tate Britain x Van Gogh - 'The Ey Exhibtion'

I love the simplicity of this advert of recreating in everyday life the simple compositions from Van Gogh's paintings, around everyday life across London. And the cinematography is beautiful.

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