In the series Pearls, young english photographer Maisie Broadhead explores cultural meaning of young aristocrats’ portraits. Before the invention of photography, portraits were the medium to pay tribute to young ladies’ beauty, broadcast it… and so easier marry them. Pearls highlight the beauty of the depicted characters, their radiance give a special light and sensuality to compositions. But the precious ornament appears as a sad trick, a scarcely golden chain, a sumptuous ball recalling the condition of women in olden days. With period costumes and framing, Maisie Broadhead deals very realistically with her topic. Pearls spread out the frame so as to take on the visitor who feels the resignation of these beautiful enchained creatures. Photographer’s shots are magnified by this out of the frame installation.