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Justin Cooke Fantasy Portrait - Yves de Contades

Justin Cooke, CEO, Fortune Cookie and Chair of British Interactive Media Association:
They say that every dog has its day. This was mine.

Dr Cecilia d'Felice's psychological interpretation:
This photograph is redolent of an 18th Century Joshua Reynolds ‘Grand Style’ portrait of a man comfortable with his success. Justin’s beautiful home in the background exudes timeless elegance. We are not sure if it is an inherited estate suggesting a dynasty of inter-generational talent and consistent hard work. If first generation, however, it is all the more impressive. No hounds, tweeds or horses force an aristocratic nostalgia on the viewer. We are invited instead to gaze in wonder at a modern icon: ubiquitous aviators, sharp grey suit, snowy white shirt and elegantly long legs mirroring the elongated elevations of the house behind. We note the shadow cast ominously across the lawn. Can there be space for any darkness with so much abundant light? Perhaps it hints at an introversion - for all the external glamour - a man who is private and contained.
The sublimely tasteful subject appears to be in command of his universe. There is an immediacy about his presence that is arresting. He is not dwarfed by the magnetism of such an overpowering house, instead he dominates the foreground as if to say, ‘this is what I can achieve, I have made my fantasy real…yet there is so much more to me than this’. Poised for action: his suit lifting in the wind as if about to take flight, one imagines the sky looks too easy a limit.