One warm, sunny day this summer, one of my favorite photographers Marc Hayden asked if I could swing by East London to shoot in this sweet, vintage video store called Umit & Son. Of course, I couldn’t say no so I hopped on a double decker bus and was on my way to Hackney for the impromptu shoot.
When I arrived, Marc had just finished shooting with another one of my friends and fellow Leni’s Model. The location was just so cool. I am such a sucker for nostalgia, and this place had old movie reels, VHS’s, posters, and paraphernalia to one’s heart’s desire. The setting was dark and packed down, but so interesting. Everywhere you looked something caught your eye. One could spend hours just searching for the lost gem among the madness.
I have to say I had no idea how the photos would look, shot in such an atypical location, but when I received the final edits they just confirmed how genius Marc really is. The images are so much fun. The bright colors pop, but there’s also beauty in the shadows, and chemistry in the chaos. While it would be easy to get lost in the puzzle, Marc put me as the subject in a place where the intrigue of the moment is enhanced, not detracted by my detailed surroundings. The vibe ranges from mysterious, to retro, to editorial all at the same time. Hope you all enjoy these images as much as I do!