Photography: Andreas K. Georgiou Andreas K. Georgiou / Gowns: Zac Posen – White One / Bridal Atelier: Gala Montenapoleone / Studio location: Gala Montenapoleone / Hair & Make-up: Andreas Zen / Orchid earrings: Andreas Zen / Cinematography George Panagiotakis / Hand-painted backdrops: Andreas K. Georgiou / Co-produced by Gala Montenapoleone & Andreas K. Georgiou / Muse: Maria Siray
Working with gowns design by one of my favourite designers is definitely poses a specific challenge: Zac Posen’s prodigial designs transformed the aesthetic of the fashion industry, and I knew, that doing justice to the iconic designer, I had to create something simple, sophisticated, but still punchy and potent as a dry martini.
As a boy – not much older than my own daughter now – I spent some beautiful days with my mother teaching me about artists like Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keefe and Lyonel Feininger.
Anchored in this classical education, this photoshoot became a sort of tribute to my favourite painters and photographers that make up my visual dictionary. Inspired by modernism, modern dance, film noir, and of course my constant companion in everything I do – music, I decided to give myself unprecedented permission to explore that narrow corridor between fashion and wedding photography and photograph my model as a dramatically lit figure akin to a living sculpture.
I wanted my model, to be more than just a live mannequin for the clothes, but a complex, etherial (if not otherworldly) actress. This shoot had to be the kind of imagery that registers as a provocative visual statement rather than the usual girl-and-a-bouquet type of wedding imagery (which, of course, as a wedding photographer I do adore!).
Geometry of the body, history of art, dramatic backdrop layering, geometric juxtapositions, all became elements of experimentation for several weeks. What I left out is as important as what I included: I wanted to eliminate the usual wedding ambience of a venue and replace it with featureless concrete, I also decided to remove floral arrangements (minus the gorgeous natural orchid earrings) and replace them with rigid geometrical structures. Absence is never negative: absence exists in order to stimulate appetite for what is missing!
I would like to thank Gala Montenapoleone for hosting the studio in their atelier. Their support touched my heart more than they will ever know!