Photos from the Kashgar Photo Shoot
Added over 9 years ago
We had three fabulous models to work with on the day - one a professional, Ashleigh from Chadwick's Modeling Agency, one a semi-professional model and stylist named Swarna and the last a simply beautiful girl called Maud, who had never modelled before and was suggested to us by a friend at the 11th hour.
Our first shot was of Swarna inside a huge black Chinese birdcage made from brass and bamboo - we simply removed the base and placed it over the top of her (luckily she is very petite!). She was completely nude except for some heavy silver tribal jewellery - a neck torque from the Hmong people of northern Thailand and cuffs and anklets from northern India - and emerald green feathers that I very luckily had left over from an old Mardi Gras costume - thank heavens for dress up boxes! We placed Swarna and the birdcage up on a light table for maximum effect, then did a variation of the shot with the cage removed and the feathers worn as a skirt.
Our second shot involved a 19th Century life-size brass and wooden horse on wheels that we sourced earlier this year in India. Each model was given a completely different look (Goddess, Lady Godiva, 1940's Socialite) and either placed on or near the horse, with a beautiful golden handmade Afghani carpet and flaming candelabra as backdrop.
We then shot a fabulous cowboy and Indian scene - probably my favourite of them all - with Swarna as the Indian in buckskin loincloth, feathers and war paint and Maud as the cowboy in huge fringed chaps with toy guns and a western shirt, in full 1940's glam make up and wearing a big fake black moustache. The jewellery and props that we used are a combination of vintage and newly crafted Zuni, Navajo and Cheyenne Indian work - all pieces are available in our store or our catalog for sale.
And we shot some tribal concepts, just to showcase some of our more interesting tribal jewellery and textiles - a beautiful hand-dyed bedspread sized mud cloth from Mali in West Africa and some Naga headhunter bronze cuffs and torque.
And finally some natural turquoise...which proved to be quite tricky to shoot, as the turquoise simply would not stay put and kept sliding away. Next time I'll take a tube of eye lash glue along and a staple gun...only kidding. Or am I?
Finally, I would like to say again that the shoot would not have been possible without our wonderful hair and make-up artist Justina. She nailed every look we wanted and was a complete professional from start to finish, even when I had trouble communicating my ideas to her and managed to leave half of my drawings at home.
Until next time...