The abandoned amusement park. Colourful paint chipped away, benches rusting in the open air, empty swings creaking mournfully in the wind. Is there any wonder it’s it’s an often-used symbolism for children growing up, for innocence lost?
Willy Vendeperre gives that symbolism another outing in the latest issue of Love Magazine – the same super natural themed issue that brought us Mert & Marcus’ What Lies Beneath shoot and its questions around “inspiration or plagiarism“. But this time we’re not aware of any such questions. Only inspirations shared with (or perhaps spurred on by) the likes of Joe Wright’s latest work Hanna, a brilliant film that dishes out the hard-hitting iconography as often as it does violence. Like Hanna, which filmed scenes in Berlin’s abandoned ‘Spreepark’, this shoot was set at Belgium’s ‘Dadipark’ equivalent.
The theme seems a fitting one for the issue with it’s ghostly echoes of childhood and its imagery. And the clothes presents the models as somewhere between grown-ups and schoolgirls, so too does the makeup. It doesn’t quite make the most of the metaphors though, and I can help but think we’ll be seeing more from the ghost worlds of abandoned theme parks soon.
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