“The whole truth is right in front of us, if only we can calm our minds enough to see,” goes a famous Buddhist saying, which served as the inspiration for fashion photographer Steven Paul’s latest photo shoot. For Paul, this shoot was deeply personal, reflecting his own spiritual journey as a photographer moving closer to his creative ideal.
What does the future hold? This editorial’s shoot was inspired by this year’s sci-fi movie Oblivion. In 2077, after Earth’s near destruction by a nuclear war against alien invaders, surviving humans migrated to an orbital space station to rebuild their resources and maintain vital power stations.
Joyce Peñas Pilarsky wears many hats, uh, bonnets. She is a model, beauty queen (People’s Choice Award in an international beauty competition in Niagara Falls, New York), former stewardess for PAL and Saudia, style icon, a bleeding heart for children in need of help, photographer, painter, sculptress, and so on.
This story was created for the confident woman, the provocative woman, the deep, dark and wonderful woman and women that are in this beautiful mess of a world.
Its been my second collaboration with Claudia Link, I fell in love with the concept right away. The story was ‘catch the beauty of the last decades and give them a modern twist’. The decades we chose for the beauty shoot were strong and iconic. We tried to catch those iconic vibes in special make-up and hair-styles. All those decades were so inspiring, brought so many new ideas and styles which turned into timeless classics. We all worked really close together to get the perfect result. Normally in beauty shoots clothes don’t get a lot of attention or should stay in the background. This time the clothes were really important they not just had to underline the make up, they were equal, to get the perfect result. As a stylist you don’t want to just copy a vintage style 1 to 1 you want to create a new look that says 1960’s for example but is 2013.
The idea for this editorial’s theme sparked after coming across this beautiful location in a Greek town in Macedonia, named Edessa. This town retained all its old architecture that dates centuries ago (some buildings such as churches were built from the early 1400) and refurbished them in order to keep the traditional architecture. Due to its influences from Italy it generated the idea of a sensual Mediterranean woman strolling around these streets.
Old money in a new world, the beautiful and the damned debutantes live in a dream. Suspended high above the streets of New York, they mingle with the flappers and philosophers and soak up tales of the jazz age. All the sad young men swoon on their brownstone stoops and chase their silken skirts. They spend their days perusing novels and stories in a nice quiet place of porcelain and pink and flirt with the gods of darkness. Tender is the night they dwell in, like gilded moths they glide.
I immediately envisioned the perfect backdrop for this concept. A house drenched in light that had existed for 100 years and witnessed the changes in style and fashion. The rooms provided us with a wonderful balance of past and present, strength and endurance, much like the heart of a woman. A woman’s heart has is the center of her sexuality. It has many rooms and can be strong, dark and mysterious as well as soft, romantic and powerful.
Jackpot began when photographer Adam Ghijben was browsing the internet and stumbled across a wedding album shot in the unlikeliest of places. As he explored, he uncovered more and more albums of happy couples posing and kissing, all under the watchful gaze of a giant genie lamp, a jolly ten-foot tall king and jumbles of bright oversized letters. He discovered a gem hidden in downtown Las Vegas – The Neon Museum. Established in 1996, the two acres of dusty desert house more than 120 gloriously kitsch light bulb-bedecked signs enjoying their retirement in the sun.