12 May 2009

"A beautiful dream that had no words"


Individuallure
Vogue Italia
(March 2008)
Photographer: Paolo Roversi
Model: Freja Beha Erichsen
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Paolo Roversi is one of those photographers whose work always leaves me with goosebumps. Under the instruction of British photographer, Lawrence Sackman, Roversi would learn that "your tripod and your camera must be well-fixed, but your eyes and mind should be free". And he truly uses that advice in his shoots, managing to create visually stunning work that continue to inspire in their imagining. There is a true subtlety to his work, yet it manages to exist besides a wonderfully rich visual depth. I particularly enjoy the fact that he still works with large format film. And indeed, his trademark use of the 8x10" Polaroid film actually began during his shooting for the Christian Dior beauty campaign in 1980.

His style of shooting, mainly in his own studio, and commitment to large format black and white photography, allow him to create stunningly romantic and ethereal works. Indeed, it is work that I admire greatly - the lightness with which he manages to capture both the model and the clothing on film, is a true inspiration. She is simultaneously entwined and seperate from the photograph as a whole, and that delicate visual balance is a magical thing to behold. This shoot reads to me like a beautiful dream. A beautiful dream from which you awaken in a daze and try with all of your might to commit to memory, lest it slip from your outstretched fingers like sand. It is an experience you only wish you could share with others.

Currently playing: Apologize (Instrumentals) - One Republic

xxxx

49 comments:

  1. So beautiful. I like the fact that although you can appreciate how beautiful the clothes are, they're not the main focus of the shot, and the photos look so dreamy and gorgeous.

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  2. Stunning! Love architectural and origami-like silhouettes. BTW, love your inspirations (on the side).

    Becs
    http://www.stylewithbenefits.wordpress.com

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  3. i am off to google that ad campaign that made him famous and i love the quote you used from him. it's something a lot of the fashion bloggers need to keep in mind.

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  4. wow wow wow...beauty overload! He truly is a wondrous photographer...the mood is very serene...you have moved me to go a research him a bit more!

    great post dk!

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  5. I have to agree with everyone else, the photographer did a wonderful job.

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  6. That third dress is zoo: OOh..
    (they're all beautiful, ut I like that one the most :))

    xx

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  7. Thank you! I'm wearing the jeans know and they fit much better! I just love Freja Beha, She was our model at the fashion week here in Stockholm. I have the runway on my blog.

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  8. These are breathtaking and gorgeous! I've never heard of Roversi- but I'm a fan now!

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  9. What are those pictures stunning:O And the dresses!! I love them

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  10. Those dresses are amazing! I love poalo's work, he keeps amazing me everytime!

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  11. I love these images !!!!
    lucille

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  12. I love his work, and I actually wrote a paper on him a few weeks back. He's a master with lighting, don't you think? The way he works with flashlights is so cool.. I'm also very intrigued by the way he seem to capture the soul of his models, by focusing on their eyes and by using long exposures to "allow time for the soul to appear". I think that's such a beautiful quote!

    xxx

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  13. I love that last quote there..such unique drama to his feel in black & white.

    Thanks for the note, too.

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  14. Gorgeous editorial and review, DK! I adore the gowns!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  15. So gorgeous b+w pictures!
    And the editorial, have I alredy said you write so well??? :)

    xoxo

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  16. Perfect description.
    This particular shoot reminds me of one with Natalia V...(ie cannot spell her surname) in May UK Vogue.
    Hope you're good too (:

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  17. I really enjoyed your article with this.

    Thanks for the note. Actually, Mom has gotten some interest with her hats...but she won't be making quite that much per hat..although, her friends have told her she should charge as much.

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  18. I'm in love with the feather/fur minidresses! The images are so dreamy and very fairy-tale like. It's like being in an amazing adventure you never want to get out of. xxoxoxoxo

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  19. Absolutely stunning. I love how you see all the details on each piece, yet he has managed to keep it a bit ethereal and aspirational...I need to track down this issue and get it in my hot little hands!

    And yes, parents are the best. My dad was the one who actually encouraged me to go to Fashion School versus a regular university...its so nice to know you have that kind of support in your family as well, doll!
    xoxoxo

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  20. rather gothic. love your take on it.

    Sorry, if it was insane..but I always think back to a scene many many moons ago where Rhys was telling Gilly about some girl he'd been with and how fantastic it was ..and then she comes into the pub and he has no idea who she even is..and when she starts to talk..he doesn't want to know who she is.

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  21. So, so stunning!
    I love the shape on the coat on the first pic, very beautiful.

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  22. I completely see what you mean. The shots are perfect!!

    The dresses are gorgeous, too!

    xo,
    hk

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  23. wow, it's not just the fact that those gowns are gorgeous, but they're beautifully captured.
    i'm now so curious to see more of his work. thank you!

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  24. those pict look so gorgeous, and the model look so stunning there..

    btw, dapperr.. i love your scarf =p
    i want to make it by my self too

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  25. well done, i love these!! x

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  26. These are so beautiful. I love them. Black and white photos are wonderful to me. I hope you are having a nice week so far. Cheers!

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  27. My god, both these dresses and these photos are absolutely stunning!

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  28. The lighting is amazing and I am in love with the feather and tulle dresses----I want them!

    Where do you find such amazing shots? Thanks for sharing them....

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  29. Ah. Love those dresses. Very elegant but with modern lines.

    And "Apologise" is a wonderful song.

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  30. So Frothy deliciousness...have I told you that you write so well dear! Well, you do! XO*

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  31. darling thank you for sharing these truly wonderful images! His work is spellbinding!This editorial captures so much. Freja was the PERFECT model for it, there is a sweet melacholy that she exudes that was right on the money for the mood of this shoot.
    BEAUTIFUL!
    DK thanks for all the amazing comments on my posts while i was away.
    muah x
    marian.

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  32. omg i love love love this fashion spread!

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  33. really beautiful images! Thanks for sharing!

    XoXo

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  34. So beautiful pictures, great post, great blog. Thanks, Evi.

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  35. wonderful fotos...u got a very wide knowledge in photography i'd love to be under your tutelage when i get to london later this month :o]

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  36. I like the model. She seems to be very versatile.

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  37. The ruffles & layers are gorgeous!

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  38. Hello
    thank you for your sweet comment!
    I just have to let you know i love your hairstyle!

    Your blog is great to
    keep in touch i have added you to my blog list.

    With love Jessi

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  39. beautiful!
    i love that quotation.
    sea @ fashionsqueah!

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  40. Wish I could marry in the second dress and have an afterparty in all the others! They are really gorgeous.

    xx

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  41. Beautiful. The dresses are gorgeous. I wish I had one of them. ^^

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  42. you should start sharing them! it's the best ever. i took this writing-course this fall in school, and my crazy teacher always forced us to stand up in front of the whole class and read our work out loud. but it was great and really giving, now i don't have any problem at all with letting people read, it's so rewarding!

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  43. I love how you described everything as much as I love the pictures. "lest it slip from your outstretched fingers like sand" is poetry.

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  44. Romantic and ethereal indeed! Gorgeous!

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  45. so many cool photos:)love all the looks!
    have a great weekend!

    xoxo,
    Gia!

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