Styx by Alex Waber

Vancouver Portrait and Fashion Photography

Vancouver Portrait and Fashion Photography

Vancouver Portrait and Fashion Photography
Vancouver Portrait and Fashion Photography

Vancouver Portrait and Fashion Photography

Vancouver Portrait and Fashion Photography

Vancouver Portrait and Fashion Photography

Vancouver Portrait and Fashion Photography

Vancouver Portrait and Fashion Photography

 

Styx
Photography: Alex Waber
Styling: Sonia Capriceru
Makeup: Marie Pearce
Hair: Baby Heidi
Models: Nadine @ Lizbell
Tahnee @ Richard’s International Model Management
In strange ways Fashion reflects many overtones of death, apparent in its constant need for and inevitability of change.The way we alter the shapes of our bodies with different clothes, be they obscuring or constricting, alter our faces and pallor with makeup and hair, and how everything we do changes with the seasons. We chose toe explore this transformation through the classical story of the crossing of the River Styx, the legendary river from greek mythology that divides this world from the next. The plot gave us the perfect device to explore ghostly tones and shadows, tattered rags and shrouds, while still embracing a certain glamour and romance associated with the passing of life. After finding the perfect 15 foot very weathered venetian canal boat, we set about creating a very simple background and defining the plot of taking the ride. Charon, the boat man, even makes a brief appearance in the background of one shot.
Our weary travellers are introduced hair in braids, makeup simple and gaunt. They arrive at the river’s edge virginal and innocent, yet ghostly in Comme Des Garcon and Asos. The allusion to past glory remains in the John Fluevog “streets of gold” shoes. As their journey continues they wear every day clothing, clinging to past lives and accepted norms. But soon their bodies begin to slip away and drag down in to the depths shown through the long silhouettes and sheer materials of Kensie, BCBG, and Oak + Fort. Still there is a desire for their past riches, though already more rudimentary in the vintage medallion. Their clothing darkens, they are merely shadows of their past selves now. A minimalism arrives, they’ve left the need for excess behind and accept the nothingness that awaits on the other side. All they need for eternity is a simple sleeveless dress.
And finally, they pay the boat man.
It is an interesting shift to explore the medium of fashion, a playful, exaggerative and diverse medium, with such a stark outlook, essentially stripping away the layers as we went along. The shoot was a fun challenge in thinking backwards for the stylist, but also balancing the dark moods and shadows with the ability to see enough detail in the clothing to still be about the fashion. The aesthetics of the lighting and tones were inspired by photographer Sally Mann’s book Deep South. I wanted to capture the haunting mood of her dark and ghost filled rivers in my own highly controlled studio environment. Ultimately relying on a minimalist approach to the project from all directions, makeup and hair, styling, and lighting brought the project together and took us all on a journey across the river Styx

 

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