Specimens by Jason Evans

Simple, beautiful photographs of rocks provide the source of colour inspiration today. Specimens was shot by Ramsgate-based photographer Jason Evans for the latest issue of COS magazine, which is dedicated to ‘the great outdoors’. The stylised magazine is art directed by Jop van Bennekom who is known for his pared-back work on The Gentlewoman and Fantastic Man.

When we asked Jason to tell us a bit more about the back story to this project, here’s what he said:

“Jop asked me to photograph a selection of rocks. Some I bought, some I borrowed from a local museum and I chose them for their range of formal qualities, colour / texture / origin, and because they appealed to my taste. Similarly, the colours and rocks were put together intuitively. I had the kind of museum displays of the 50s and 60s and textbooks of the 70s in the back of my mind. I made a low contrast ‘daylight’ style of flash lighting, very simple with just one head, that wouldn’t get in the way of the subject matter. I also felt like they were portraits, each rock has its own resonance and I felt it and tried to let it be seen according to which ‘face’ was presented to the camera. I live by the beach and find myself projecting personalities onto inanimate objects found there.”

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Featured rocks include Almandine, Spheroobaltite, Jasper, blue Sodalite, Iron pyrite, Calcite and Himalayan quartz and you can read about their origins and properties in the story at COS.
We also recommend tuning into Jason’s website The Daily Nice, where he publishes a new inspiring image every day.

Jill Macnair


Jill Macnair has worked as an interiors journalist for 13 years, contributing to titles including Elle Decoration, The Sunday Times and The Guardian. She set up cult interiors blog My Friend’s House in 2009 with Ros Anderson and continues to run the forum daily.

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