How did you go about creating the images? Merrick: I had a glass tank made, placed it on a scaffold and filled it with water. Claire played with different hair wefts and hair dye, which I shot either beneath or above the tank. Every time we changed looks we had to pump all the water out and refill it, so the colours wouldn’t mix.
Did the colours represent anything? How did you want to use them in contrast to the different styles of hair? Merrick: The choice of colours was totally instinctive and collaborative – like a lot of abstract painting, it was subconscious, not deliberately symbolic. We wanted a range of colours, for each image to have a certain mood.