Is there ever a time that Remi Rebillard fails to go beyond pure aesthetic value, to appeal to our emotions and ultimately win? In his shoot Drifting Away, we’re met with the same tireless themes that touch us time and again: the crumbling world, the lonely landscape, the fragility of a woman’s beauty mirroring the fragility of nature’s around her. Model Alea is, like many of Rebillard’s subjects, at home in the world and yet disconnected from it; her unkempt hair and soulful eyes begging the question: “how can innocence and beauty survive in a world that is drifting away?”
Images of Alea are interspersed with those of emotive iconography: an empty vintage car, the rusted corpse of a freight train, a railroad track stretching out of view into the rocky terrain beyond. The greatest impact, though, comes from a contradiction that plays on the mind at least subconsciously: in a series of images that both literally and symbolically capture paths and modes of travel, Alea is aimless and lost.
With wayward hair and makeup carefully created by Mark Williamson, you can view the full shoot of Alea Wiles by Remi Rebillard (remirebillard.com) at the gallery.