As some of you know already: I’m a big photography fan and an enthusiastic amateur. Mostly I’m into urban photography as I live in the city of Antwerp for the moment (I just moved back here from Amsterdam) but I also enjoy making portraits and capturing awe striking landscapes during my travels or just while doing my Sunday afternoon walks through the fields here in Belgium.
Whilst I was abroad last year studying in England I followed Advanced Fashion Photography at Southampton Solent University. I organised an entire shoot by myself and made a fashion story I’m very proud of. Luckily a good friend of mine was so kind to assist me with all the heavy lights and equipment.
The location of the shoot was The Chilworth Manor Hotel just outside of Southampton. It was the perfect décor for my Jazz Age shoot because it was rebuilt at the beginning of the 20th century with a mix of Regency and Victorian style architecture. The beautiful garden was the icing on this flapper cake.
I had the honour to have Diana Valentinova as my gorgeous model. The way she can evoke this deeply pensive and slightly sad look is absolutely stunning. The roll of a twentieth century upper-class woman with a certain edge fitted her perfectly. All of the clothing and accessories used in the shoot were either vintage, second hand or borrowed from friends. As an inspiration I researched work of the best (fashion) photographers of the twentieth century: Edward Steichen, Alfred Stieglitz, Jacques Henri Lartrigue, Helmut Newton, Peter Lindberg, Irving Penn, Mario Testino…
Hope you enjoy my pictures!