‘IT’S VERY DIFFICULT TO KEEP THE LINE BETWEEN THE PRESENT AND THE PAST, YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN?’ -Edith Bouvier Beale
From the moment I was asked to be a part of this project, a real sense of excitement started to build up in my heart. The inspiration behind the whole day gave me a massive dose of creative adrenaline and as I watch the documentary over and over again, I couldn't stop finding myself mesmerised by the lives of the 2 ladies that would end up inspiring this incredible workshop.
If you don't know much about it, Grey Gardens is a film documentary that was released in the 70's. It explores the daily lives of two eccentric relatives of Jackie Kennedy Onassis. Edie Bouvier Beale (known as "Little Eddie") and her mother, Edith, (known as "Big Eddie") were the sole inhabitants of a Long Island estate, Grey Gardens. Throughout the documentary, you see them discussing their habits, desires and former loves with filmmakers Albert and David Maysles. The women reveal themselves to be misfits with outsized, engaging personalities. There are many articles you can read about these two fascinating woman and their lives. Here is one of them: Real Story | Grey Gardens. I so wish I could have met these two great characters who have given me a burst of art splashed with a massive dose of fascinating contrast between beautiful and derelict. The gorgeous and the ugly which can be discussed, agreed and disagreed upon. After all, what is beautiful to me might not be to you. I cannot recommend you enough to watch it!
The workshop was planned, set up and organised by insanely talented & creative women: Twisted Sisters and The Stars Inside. Check out their website. You can also find them on Facebook & Instagram. I feel very privileged to have met them and hope our paths cross again in the near future. Most of you will see the end of result through the photos but the truth is that the photographs are what they are because a very creative team of women worked very hard to put the set together. These ladies had a clear vision in mind which is exactly what made this photo-shoot as editorial and stunning as it is, in every area. Everything was carefully thought of and planned way before the actual day! The work put into creating this day was so massive and unseen to most! Even the smallest details were very carefully thought of! They turned an empty place into a Tim Burton style film set! Team work is everything!
I have to admit that it was VERY difficult to choose which photographs to share! The whole day was so magical that the temptation to share them all was very high! But you'd get bored half way through so I thought I wouldn't put your through that!
Big thanks and shoutout to Evie, our beautiful model, who was a real delight to work with!
The first part of the blog is the workshop. The second part is the actual editorial shoot with Evie.
I strongly suggest you boil the kettle and make yourself a cuppa to enjoy whilst looking at the photographs, because even though I have picked my top favs only, there are quite a few to look at! I've even included some that I shot on my film camera Nikon F2 | Kodak Portra 400 35m. I'll let you guess which photographs are digital and which ones are film!