The scene reminded me of an Andrew Wythe painting that I had always adored and had influenced me so much in my own painting and into photography. I felt the extraordinary poetic beauty of the synchronicity of being in the same landscape he had viewed and which had inspired him and now inspired me.
The suspended box idea was influenced by the box in Francis Bacons paintings, his tryptic of portraits of Lucien Freud (1969) (see below). The set designer and my assistants dashed of and got some chrome effect plastic tubing and cobbled it all together while the GHD Sirens were in hair and make up.
I could never recall seeing pictures of her laughing so I was hoping that it would be a fun shoot and it turned out to be great.
I dashed into the knee deep water and she got out of the chair and across the sodden set and flung herself at me nearly knocking us both into the fast flowing stream that now had changed into a torrent. Peter grabbed my hand and pulled Geschi and me onto the bank. While the client looked on in dismay as the set floated down stream
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Being in the theatre immediately inspired me (probably wrongly) to enthusiastically instruct the models using clichés such as, “Wonderful my Darling hearts”, “Fabulous my luvvies” and “It’s a triumph!”
Darcey followed my very clumsy instructions of various ballet forms which I attempted to physically articulate myself, much to the hilarity and amusement of all those present in the studio including Darcey herself, who at various points laughed so much we had to pause.
The assistant came back out and said in a shocked tone “He’s sticking them on Roys face!” I said “Really, not pinning them into his skin surely”. He said “I don’t know”
It was a fraught and adventurous shoot, it has to be said, I risked life and limb by hanging over the edge of the top of the spiral staircase, with assistants holding my legs and jeans belt so I didn’t come to an untimely end.
I got a call from the secretary of the legendary British Vogue editor Beatrice Miller ” Can you come in … More