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8.07.2010

August Bradley's Haunting Imagination

I happened upon this delightful series of images from the 2008 Hasselblad Masters book by fashion photographer August Bradley while poking about on DeviantArt a while back.

Admittedly, the first one caught my eye because I recognized Kojii, one of the models from the single season of Project Runway I indulged in watching (it was only for Louise Black, really!), but I was intrigued. I loved Bradley's painterly use of light and color, and the implied drama in the dreamlike pictures.

You can find a number of lovely interviews with him on the web ~ I particularly enjoyed this one, A Trick of the Light. With most of my favorite photographers, it's the ability to hint at a story behind the scene that captures my heart, and Bradley is adept at making the viewer feel like he's frozen a fable in time.

While the world of high fashion and its overly made-up, impossibly lanky women will always feel a bit alienating to me, I can't help but be charmed by the oddity of this series, the Depression-era-circus-meets-post-apocalyptic-fairytale mood.

The faux ravens, the decaying props, the unusual men mixed in with the leggy models... fine. I'll bite. I even found a very brief documentary on the project which reveals a bit of what goes on behind the scenes.

It seemed like a fitting month to feature this particular artist. So carry on, August Bradley, with your fantastical haunting visions. I look forward to seeing more of what comes out of your imagination.

5 comments:

Missantrhopics said...

These are amazing. Really breathtaking images. Funnily my favorite thing is the bunny in the birdcage; I heart that bunny so much LOL.

Olorle said...

Very awesome collection of pictures.

Anonymous said...

*drool*
outstanding.

InSectus said...

and I look forward to seeing more of what comes out of yours! you always reveal new and wonderful things to me...you're a perk of inspiration in my day Ms C.

The Stapelia Company said...

Amazing work! It's inspiring to see what people do with artistic photography these days. And that carnival looking one with the mallet? My favorite. :)