Stanley Kubrick’s final foray into film – Eyes Wide Shut – proved controversial on a number of levels, from theories that it signalled the end of the Kidman-Cruise marriage, to ratings controversy over its sexual content. But for all of that it was still acclaimed for Kubrick’s cinematography. And that’s what photographer Monstruo Estudio and stylist Paula Penise tapped into when creating this shoot, inspired by the 1999 film.
Faithful to Kubrick’s vision is the use of Venetian masks and the use of the colours red and blue. As Penise explains, “we also wanted to get the same “feel” as the movie… the colors blue and red were very important to the director, so we used them too.” The shoot takes the perspective of one of the cult mask-wearing beauties though, not the leading lady. Model Melanie Saavedra plays a character confident, sensual, and inviting like one of Kubrick’s robed, anonymous masqueraders.
View the full shoot, titled Illuminati Love, at the gallery above.