Over the past eighteen years, Shawn has conducted various projects on the Rastafari movement in the form of moving image, photography and museum exhibitions.

The work has included profile studies of individual members, a television documentary on the influence of Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I, and photographic studies of Rastafari gatherings and events.

The work presented here is from a studio-based series featuring Empress Nwanyi Bless which saw Shawn using the studio environment to present different facets of the Empress’ public and private sense of self.  The image presented here explores the idea of quiet contemplation away from her busy work life.