I can’t count the number of times I’ve used the word ‘auteur’ with reference to Vivienne Mok; and it still holds true with each shoot of hers we encounter. The fact is that Mok’s shoots, in all their thematic and aesthetic cohesion, tend to fall into two categories: the soft, sweet, and innocent, or the sensual and deeply erotic. But for Mok the line between the two is uncommonly fine. Any work, at any given time, can be firmly in one category and yet somehow just inches away from drifting into the other.
Two sets of Mok’s images can be found in the just-released issue X of Bambi Magazine. One of those features model Alona in delicate lace and drapes of fabric, each shot warmly hued in such a way that nudges it more to the erotic side despite its lack of nudity. As is typical of Mok’s work, she was responsible for the hair, makeup and styling as well as the photography – hence the label of auteur that we adamantly apply to her singular vision and ever-flawless execution.
View all of Vivienne Mok’s shoot of model Alona at the gallery above. For her other shoot as well as many others visit Bambi issue X.