Derek Henderson & Kelly Thompson / Darkness of Noon / March 13 – April 06 2013


Darkness of Noon is a unique collaboration between photographer Derek Henderson and illustrator Kelly Thompson. In the publication and accompanying exhibition, photography and drawing intersect seamlessly. Featuring nudes of Zippora Seven the resulting imagery reflects Henderson’s democratic naturalism, where all phenomena is given equal attention. Thompson’s illustrations serve to complement and simplify the broader vision of the project.

This exhibition forms part of the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival cultural program.



Derek Henderson is one of our region’s best-known fashion photographers, Henderson works with leading agencies and magazines around the world. His natural talent for endowing everyday scenes with an effortless beauty has become his trademark, and this series of nude photographs of Zippora is no exception. In addition to his interest in fashion, Henderson’s passion is for landscape photography and portraits. His work has featured in numerous exhibitions in Australia, New Zealand and the UK, including nine solo shows. Darkness of Noon is his third book.

Kelly Thompson’s distinctive seductive illustrations and penchant for beautiful girls have caught the eye of the art and fashion community and launched her career Internationally, she is one of New Zealand’s most popular and recognised illustrators. Working with coloured pencil on recycled card her images have delicacy and warmth, she has the admirable ability to capture emotion and vulnerability and manages to achieve this with cleverly filtered detail. Kelly is now based in Melbourne where she is represented commercially by The Jacky Winter Group and works as a freelance illustrator accepting commissions from individuals and commercial clients. Her work is regularly published in illustration based literature internationally alongside popular artists, but Darkness of Noon is her first focused book project . Kelly has become a well known speaker at design conferences and Universities after her introduction during three Semi Permanent creative conferences in 2011, and will be travelling to New Zealand in May to speak at her forth Semi Permanent event. Recently Kelly has been busy working for clients such as Covergirl, Nintendo, The Australian Ballet, penguin Books and Grey Paris.

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