Everyone has a story, it just depends on whether their story is the one being told. In the land of TV and film, it’s not uncommon for peripheral characters to be awarded a spin-off: the spotlight leaps onto their lives and the story keeps unravelling with them at the center of it. We might find out their backstory, what made them who they are.
But sometimes we never really understand those characters who are, deliberately or not, drawn into the orbit of the protagonist. Bertha Mason is one such character, the madwoman in the attic in Charlotte Bronte’s classic Jane Eyre. All we know of Bertha is second-hand information – we never get to hear her side of the story.
Eleonora D’Urbano’s shoot Mad Eyre brings Bertha more deeply into the equation. Model Maryana Hordiytsyak plays both Eyre – governess strict and upright in lace collared dresses (styled by Amina Tardella) and crown braids – and Mason, all wild-haired and descended into madness. In this vision of the story, the two women are in many ways one and the same. The mad confusion of the soul can happen to anyone.
Martina Capone did the dramatic hair and makeup for the shoot, which you can view in full at the gallery.