Beneath the Sparrows

June 13th, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

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The new Scandinavia SSAW Magazine continues its tradition of inventive content and debuts its latest issue with a unique collaboration between photographic duo Boe Marion and artist Alexa Meade. Creative director Jakob Hysén Hedberg art directs as Zuzanna Bijoch poses beneath layers of paint and wild hair & makeup by Karin Westerlund and Lok Lau. Meade’s signature style transforms Zuzanna into a living breathing painting and the expressive images with their layered on styling by Oscar Lange and rich colors are unlike anything else you’ll see on the newsstand. Talking to the team behind the shoot we get an insight into how this special story came together.

How was it working together with another artist like this?

BOE MARION: Jakob Hysén Hedberg, Creative Director at Scandinavia S/S/A/W presented this idea to us a while back, he knows we love complicated ideas that takes a lot of effort to manage and that way this was a perfect fit.
We are always working together as a couple (Boe and Marion) but it always feels like one unit in the end, we never remember who shot what. Working together with Alexa felt very good but also it is of course hard to cooperate cause you have a lot of respect to the other artist’s identity. This counts also for every team of artists involved, hair, make up, model and stylist.

We believe the result shows a side of us and a side of Alexa that none of us could have accomplished on our own.

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How was it to combine your art with fashion photography?

ALEXA MEADE: I typically do all of my own photography so it was really interesting to see my work through someone else’s eyes as captured by their camera lens. It was really interesting to see the amount of care and artistry Lok Lau put into getting the hair just right. It set a tone beyond what I could do with just brushstrokes.

How come your painted models look 2D?

ALEXA MEADE:  A big secret has to do with the way I capture light and shadows. Photoshop is not a part of my practice. however, photographers Boe Marion will typically touch up their personal work and they wanted to do so in this particular collaboration. Looking at the before vs the after photos I have a hard time seeing where things have been digitally altered to look more like a flat painting.

Was it any different to paint a top model compared to your normal models?

ALEXA MEADE:  A challenging line I have to walk in painting a person to look flat is capturing a likeness while maintaining a degree of abstraction. If I get too perfectionist in painting too true to life, I run into an uncanny valley problem. It no longer looks like a painting so much as a person wearing paint. The more gestural and loose I can make my brushstrokes, the more paint I layer over, the more irreverence I can put into the juxtaposition of colors, the more the person appears to be transformed into a flat painting. However in that type of portrait it’s very easy to unwittingly have a likeness to the model get looser as well. Every time I put down a brushstroke, I’m covering my original reference point with my new interpretation and I have to go off of memory of what was below when I go back to fix a brushstroke.

One stray brushstroke can dramatically alter the appearance of the true features and I need to be careful as I paint to maintain a truth to the subject. Usually I can keep my interpretation of the subject loose as it’s about the abstraction of a person as opposed to being about a specific individual. However, when painting such an iconic face as Zuzanna Bijoch, I had to be really cognizant of how I walked the line between maintaining recognizability as well as upholding the illusion of flatness.

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Can you tell us about the shoot?

ZUZANNA BIJOCH: The shoot was an amazing experience. I knew it will be a very special project. I was extremely excited to be part of it. Watching Alexa painting my face, her looking at the light, shadows and reflections was truly inspiring. I’ve never been covered in paint from head to toe before and as much as i love the visual aspect of it its def not a comfortable everyday look :) !

Where you familiar with Alexa Meades art before the shoot?

ZUZANNA BIJOCH: No, the first time was just before the shoot and the moment I saw her work i was really amazed. I love when fashion joins art, and working with Alexa was such a unique experience. She is a wonderful and extremely creative person.

Who is your favourite artist?

ZUZANNA BIJOCH: It’s hard to choose because art is such a broad spectrum with so many different mediums. If I had to name a few of my favorites they would be Marc Chagall, Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Wassily Kandinsky

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Purchase the issue here: http://scandinaviassaw.com/scandinavia/order/

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First Look: Centrefold Issue 10

April 8th, 2014 |Posted by Matthew

When Centrefold Magazine debuted in 2003, the large format glossy was one of a new breed of A2-sized magazines on newsstands. Since then, that market has grown and the team at Centrefold has observed, like the rest of us, the rise of citizen photography and the advent of the smart phone. Thus, for Issue 10, Centrefold commissioned 9 diverse photographers to shoot editorials using only the Nokia Lumia 1020 smart phone. The results are compiled in the upcoming issue, which features a captivating array of content shot all over the world by Tung Walsh, Damon Baker, Eric Guillemain, and many more. Exploring the Beyond—Issue 10’s theme—Centrefold embraces the ever-present smart phone with 5 stunning covers featuring Zuzanna Bijoch, Eliza Cummings, Lily McMenamy, Sam Rollinson and Marcelle Pallais. Go Beyond and take a look at Issue 10 below.

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Sam Rollinson and Eliza Cummings photographed by Damon Baker.

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Lily McMenamy photographed by Tung Walsh.

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Zuzanna Bijoch photographed by Eric Guillemain.

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Saint Laurent shoot by Andrew G. Hobbs.

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First Look: Rika Magazine 10

March 11th, 2014 |Posted by Matthew

Rika Magazine has earned quite a reputation for generosity in unique content. In celebration of its 10th edition, the Amsterdam-based magazine has brought us 10 top models, each with her own standout cover (plus a bonus 11th surprise cover). Showcasing Meghan CollisonSaskia de BrauwZuzanna Bijoch,Arizona MuseCatherine McNeil, Liu Wen, Lindsey Wixson, Marie Piovesan, and Sigrid Agren  each with her own one-two punch of personality and presence. With the accompanying editorials set to emerge this teaser isn’t even half of what Rika #10 has in store. Bring on spring abundance.

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Catherine McNeil by Driu & Tiago, styling by Katie Burnett

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Arizona Muse by Jesse John Jenkins, Rebecca Corbin-Murray (New York: D + V Management, London: D + V Management )

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Constance Jablonskii by Laurence Ellis (Visual Artist UK ), styling by Toby Grimditch

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Lindsey Wixson by Joachim Johnson, styling by Heathermary Jackson

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Meghan Collison by Jen Carey, styling by Katie Burnett

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Liu Wen by Joachim Mueller Ruchholtz (Visual Artist UK ), styling by Clare Byrne

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Marie Piovesan by Ward Ivan Rafik (Paris: ArtList Paris, New York: ArtList NY), styling by Alexandra Carl

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Saskia de Brauw by Duy Quoc Vo, styling by Alexandra Carl

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Sigrid Agren by Horst Diekgerdes (London: D + V Management , New York: D + V Management, Berlin: Shotview Photographers Management), styling by Anna Schiffel (Shotview Photographers Management)

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Zuzanna Bijoch by Jens Langkjaer, styling by Camilla Pole

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To the Streets

April 5th, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

Antidote Magazine turns the sidewalk into a catwalk with a little help from Hans Feurer. The legendary photog and man behind the oft-imitated, but never duplicated street chic editorials creates a series of images featuring an all-star cast of beauties. Anna Selezneva, Barbara PalvinCatherine McNeil, Daphne Groeneveld, Frida GustavssonJac JagaciakJourdan Dunn, Jacquelyn Jablonski and Zuzanna Bijoch take turns posing in front of Feurer’s lens in elaborate ensembles selected by Creative Director, Yann Weber. Reflecting the latest trends, as well as the eclecticism and vibrance of the statement making garments worn each day in stylish cities, the story makes for a fitting tribute to the timeless allure of street fashion.

Take an exclusive first look at the story here and for more on ‘The Street Issue’ check out Antidote’s website. 

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Double Vision: Celine

November 28th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

If there is one designer who knows how to get women (and men) excited it is Phoebe Philo and her continued success at Celine is a testament to her ability to tap into the pulse of what women want. For F/W Philo went in a graphic direction, with primary shades, bold color blocking and a mixes of texture, from matte leather to plush fur. One of the most editorially beloved pieces from the Celine collection was the Geometric Intarsia Sweater, a playful clash of mink and leather that succinctly merged the essence of the entire collection into a single item. If another designer were to throw together that many things on one top it might seem overwrought, or ridiculous but Phoebe Philo keeps the look minimal.

Most stylists didn’t stray too far from that ideal, pairing the sweaters with either the runway approved striped trousers, or an equally understated crisp white skirt. Most of the time what stands out are the accessories and add ons, be they gleaming silver cuffs, avant garde headgear or the label’s coveted Trapeze Bag. Take a look at the way in which several different teams interpreted the Celine look and subsequently the sleek mood of the season.

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The Editorial Interpretation :

Kasia Struss by Steven Pan (Paris: Management + Artists, New York: Management + Artists) for Vogue Japan, stylist Vanessa Traina (Paris: Management + Artists, New York: Management + Artists)

 

Kasia Struss by Knoepfel & Indlekofer for WSJ, styled by David Vandewal

Kati Nescher by Josh Olins for Vogue China, styling Nicoletta Santoro

Karlie Kloss by Raymond Meier for American Vogue, styled by Elissa Santisi

Zuzanna Bijoch and Stella Tennant by Paolo Roversi for W Magazine, styled by Giovanna Battaglia

Olga Sherer by Marcin Tyszka for Elle France

Milagros Schmoll by Alexander Neumann for Harper’s Bazaar Turkey, styled by Sara Francia

Jenna Earle by Takahiro Ogawa in Amica, styled by Claudia Cerruti

Mina Cvetkovic by Henrique Gendre for Grazia, styled by Marine Chaumien

Diana by Anton Jhonsen for Clara Magazine, styled by Lilian Ng

Kirsi Pyrhonen by Mel Bles for Twin Magazine, styled by Celestine Cooney

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Striking A Chord

February 8th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

This season has been full of striking ads and the latest batch doesn’t disappoint when it comes to arresting visuals.

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Ph. David Sims | Stylist: Camilla Nickerson

McQueen goes angelic for S/S with Zuzanna Bijoch posing in a heavenly Sims shot that calls to mind classic religious imagery.

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Juergen’s ads for Celine are instantly recognizable, but throw in the all star cast of Marie Piovesan and Stella Tennant and you have the makings of an unforgettable ad.

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Ph. Daniel Jackson | Stylist: Tiina Laakkonen | Hair: Didier Malige | Makeup: Hannah Murray

Is there anything Candice Swanepoel can’t do? The South African beauty pulls off dark hair and some serious yoga poses in the debut ads for Prabal’s label. Those stunning violet dresses from the show have never looked better.

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Ph. Ryan McGinley | Models: Bradley Soileau, Charlotte Free, David, Dempsey Stewart, Ehren Dorsey, and Herieth Paul

Butterflies float across the page in Ryan McGinley’s ethereal shots for Edun. The soft colors and cast of ultra-cool newcomers makes this shoot memorable.

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Brit Wit

February 6th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

British Vogue always manages to feature some of our favorite girls in decidedly different ways. This month the mag transforms ethereal gypsy Abbey Lee Kershaw into a 60s siren, gives Zuzanna Bijoch the minimalist treatment and provides Karlie Kloss with entry into a world of pure kitsch. The dramatic, colorful and just slightly kooky stories, make for an especially strong issue and the perfect compliment to that candy colored Lana Del Rey cover.

The retro vibe of Abbey Lee Kershaw‘s dreamy story by by Alasdair McLellan is enhanced by the fact that it was shot in Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor’s former home: Francesca Burns‘ styling really shines here.

Zuzanna Bijoch‘s severe shots by David Sims feature standout pieces from BalenciagaComme des Garcons and Miu Miu selected by none other than Joe McKenna.

The Mario Testino helmed meditation on excess is filled with patterns, prints and other forms of opulent ornamentation chosen by Lucinda Chambers and worn by Karlie Kloss.

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Valentino Vision

January 3rd, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

The romantic vision of Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli’s spring Valentino collection is brought to life by Deborah Turbeville for the brand’s latest campaign. With Georgia O’Keefe and Tina Modotti as inspirations, Chiuri & Piccioli looked to create “a fantasy setting for a new poetic femininity.” Shot in Mexico, the images featuring Bette Franke, Fei Fei Sun, Zuzanna Bijoch, Maud Welzen & Clement Chabernaud are as ethereal and beautiful as we’ve come to expect from Turbeville and serve as the perfect showcase for Chiuri & Piccioli’s decadently feminine designs.

 

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