Conveying the atmosphere of pure intimacy and veiled eroticism best describing Jean-Honore Fragonard’s boudoir paintings, Nigel Stone’s gorgeous series of photographs come to sight as equal parts dreamy and ingenious. Aside from the alluring softness and delicate glow enfolding the portraits, it’s the deluge of spring flowers gently shielding the body to make the connection between past and present feel real, yet otherworldly.
Instead of deft touches of brushwork, there’s a dim light and a graceful stillness promising to temporarily transform the photographs into ethereal paintings, by tricking the senses first, and persuading the newly born sense of awareness after. Milkmaid braids and soft waves, alongside a sequence of beauty looks that goes from super-subtle to warm and pastel infused, as imagined by Evana Patterson and Angela Stewart, complement the spectacular tribute to 18th century painters.
Featuring floral design by Victoria Leitch, you can view the complete photo shoot by Nigel Stone (www.nigelstone.com) by clicking on the thumbnails above.