Freedom is a cage

There’s one shot in Marta Streng‘s latest shoot that reminds me, for some reason or maybe no reason at all, of Audrey Hepburn at the end of Breakfast At Tiffany’s. It’s the look of concern mixed with distress, of defiance mixed with resignation, that frantically flashes across her face when she’s looking for Cat in the pouring rain. It’s concern over Cat’s welfare, but more so distress at the realisation that maybe she does belong to someone, and someone belongs to her. That they might even belong to each other.

In Streng’s shot model Malgorzata Suszek looks up at the camera from the mask of a shadow. It’s the strongest shot of the series, and Suszek emotes it brilliantly. The shoot is about the temptation to run away and hide, to be in the freedom of solitude and belong to no-one. But as with Miss Golightly there’s a conflict that comes with wanting to be free as a bird. Loneliness becomes your cage.

Malgorzata Suszek by Marta Streng

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When She was Just a Girl by Marta Streng for Confashion Magazine
When She was Just a Girl by Marta Streng for Confashion Magazine
When She was Just a Girl by Marta Streng for Confashion Magazine
When She was Just a Girl by Marta Streng for Confashion Magazine
When She was Just a Girl by Marta Streng for Confashion Magazine
When She was Just a Girl by Marta Streng for Confashion Magazine
When She was Just a Girl by Marta Streng for Confashion Magazine
When She was Just a Girl by Marta Streng for Confashion Magazine
When She was Just a Girl by Marta Streng for Confashion Magazine
When She was Just a Girl by Marta Streng for Confashion Magazine
When She was Just a Girl by Marta Streng for Confashion Magazine
When She was Just a Girl by Marta Streng for Confashion Magazine
When She was Just a Girl by Marta Streng for Confashion Magazine
When She was Just a Girl by Marta Streng for Confashion Magazine
When She was Just a Girl by Marta Streng for Confashion Magazine

With designs by Paulina Banaszewska, hair by Katarzyna Ilecka and makeup by Karolina Piankowska, the full shoot of When She was Just a Girl by Marta Streng (afpremiere.com) can be viewed at the gallery.

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