There is no mystery behind the camera’s ability to capture a moment, it’s something which we do and see in our everyday lives. However it’s very seldom that we see a photograph that cannot only capture a moment for the rest of time, but draw you into that moment, make you want to loose yourself in the enigmatic nature and magic that it encapsulates. Photographer and art director Alice Luker manages to create a scene that besets the viewer with a stillness of angels.
The gentle colours of pinks, whites, golds, creams, silvers and greys play across the screen to create an essence of royalty. Nothing glares out at the eyes, but rather there is a continuation and flow of one colour, one texture into the next. A harmonious blend of material and set that draws ones eye and softens the heart. Luker fashions her sets in such a way that a sense of artistry and an eternal painting is created for the viewer. A spectacle (‘Le Spectre’) of fashion and art coming together.
The combination of styling (Lauren Eva), extravagant hair (Jay Zhang), nails (Jennie Nippard), set design (Samara Tompsett) and a very precise vision of the fashion world creates a concept that is beyond reality and representative of prodigal high fashion. Luker describes this editorial shoot as one that “aims to combine the beauty of Russian ballet with a more contemporary high fashion perspective”.
With the elements of flamboyantly frilled skirts and charms draped over the entire body, the long and flowing sequenced dresses and the full gold cut-out sleeves ending in detailed cuffs there is a play on the notions of royalty and nobility, reminding us, and finding a balance between both Georgian and Greek fashion styles. Though classic, the looks are given a modern twist through touches of fur and luxury heels.
These artfully put together images are beautiful, and yet they reveal a sense of vulnerability, even loneliness, that creates a deeper and more in depth meaning for the viewer; something where time can be spent in understanding the full message that these timeless angels are looking to reveal.
To indulge in the full shoot by Alice Luker (aliceluker.co.uk), click on the thumbnails and peruse the gallery.