Young, beautiful and… haunted

Nothing whispers of innocence quite like the wide eyes and untamed hair of youth. At the opening, you’d think that’s what Anton Ostlund’s shoot of Emelie will focus on being: a straightforward portrait of a beautiful young girl. And then, without warning, a ghost emerges. It’s as if a demon quietly posessing her has broken forth and been captured by Oslund’s lens.

With a few ghosting techniques that appear to blur the line between body and soul – or, in a wilder imagination, between the possessor and the possessed – Ostlund manages to transcend an already beautiful portrait into something beautiful and haunting. Alina Jun’s hair and makeup looks are pretty, dishevelled, soft and smudged all at once, and perfectly so.

haunted young and beautiful

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Emelie by Anton Ostlund for Bambi Magazine #14
Emelie by Anton Ostlund for Bambi Magazine #14
Emelie by Anton Ostlund for Bambi Magazine #14
Emelie by Anton Ostlund for Bambi Magazine #14
Emelie by Anton Ostlund for Bambi Magazine #14
Emelie by Anton Ostlund for Bambi Magazine #14
Emelie by Anton Ostlund for Bambi Magazine #14
Emelie by Anton Ostlund for Bambi Magazine #14
Emelie by Anton Ostlund for Bambi Magazine #14

There’s a reason why the pureness of youth forms the basis of so many sinister characters in film and literature: the more innocent the eyes, the more terrifying the contrast when the innocence is broken.

As for whether Emelie’s ghost is – in this story – intended to be supernatural, a shadow formed of human emotion, or merely a physical imprint on a smudged bit of film, Ostlund leaves for you to decide. Either way, she’s never less than gorgeous throughout.

Shot for issue 14 of Bambi Magazine (bambimagazine.com) you can view the full shoot at the gallery.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.