Because of the popularity of the stories depicted within Pre-Raphaelite artworks, it makes reproductions prolific. A quick Google search brings up thousands and thousands of fashion photographs or fine-art photography work that are all inspired by the same thing. Whilst obviously it’s difficult nowadays to create anything entirely new, there is a tendency to create the exact same thing when doing a Pre-Raphaelite inspired piece. It was always a risky option to choose a topic that was heavily influenced by art-history. There is a fine line between successfully beautiful and horribly Cliché.
Considering red hair is such a prevalent feature in the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood’s movement, the final images shot for this part of the project were automatically going to have an air of Pre-Raphaelite paintings about them. These were shot with the intention of keep the inspirations minimal, and not to take the interpretation to a literal place. Colour, fabric, mood and subtle allusions were what influenced these images. These are noted in the fabric (Styled by Naomi Madigan) , the flowing hair and sweeping pastel makeup (By Erin Stacey) and the angelic sensuality that Julia and Catherine Archer portray in these photographs.
CREATIVE DIRECTOR, PHOTOGRAPHY & WORDS: JOSIE PHILLIPS
STYLING: NAIOMI MADIGAN
MAKEUP AND HAIR: ERIN STACEY