Haunting and supernatural photographs by Gillian Hyland full of drama

Waiting. © Gillian Hyland

We've been captivated by Gillian Hyland's cinematic photography for some time now. Having featured her work previously, we're all too familiar with her staged, supernatural imagery, often emotional and full of narrative, presented as film stills or dramatic moments.

Now she's back with a new series of works, which are on display at the After Nyne Gallery in London for one week only, until 8 February. You can expect her usual unsettling mise-en-scene works, full of sex and desire, sadness and nostalgia. Narratives that are psychologically evocative – at once sublimely theatrical yet poignant. Gillian describes herself as an image maker and storyteller.

Interestingly, her photographs are based on her own poems and depict characters in human dramas and isolated emotional situations. Frozen in time, solitary and vulnerable moments are presented in glorious technicolour and timeless sets. Encapsulating her memories and emotions in poems she then transforms these into images, offering a new perspective. The imagery plays with our notions of nostalgia and taps into society’s cultural understanding of feelings and beliefs. The composition of each image suggests a larger narrative within a single moment.

After Nyne Gallery is presenting Gillian’s work at a solo show at Studio 7 in Shoreditch until 8 February 2018. Find out more at afternynegallery.com.

Awakening. © Gillian Hyland

Awakening. © Gillian Hyland

Eyes Shut. © Gillian Hyland

Eyes Shut. © Gillian Hyland

Radio Silence. © Gillian Hyland

Radio Silence. © Gillian Hyland

The Heart's Shadow. © Gillian Hyland

The Heart's Shadow. © Gillian Hyland

Trying Hard to Breathe. © Gillian Hyland

Trying Hard to Breathe. © Gillian Hyland

The Author. © Gillian Hyland

The Author. © Gillian Hyland

The Forgotten. © Gillian Hyland

The Forgotten. © Gillian Hyland