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‘I shoot it only if you model’: when the stylist gets in front of the camera

Eryca Green says about herself:

‘I am a photographer who lived in a small country town for many years. My artistic work very much revolved around my often difficult relationship with the countryside and consisted of many self-portraits. When I moved to the city I lost my artistic mojo. I realized that my visual narrative was entirely bound with my country experience.

When Alice asked me to shoot her lookbook, I was nervous because I was feeling uninspired, so I said I would do it only if she would model for me. I knew I could make beautiful photo’s with Alice because we have a deep, cultural and cerebral understanding. I don’t even need to finish a sentence and she understands. What I love about shooting Alice is her ability to be theatrical and classy and a teensy bit trashy all at once. She also has an absolute trust in what I’m doing with her which is essential to the work.’

Alice Edgeley says about herself:

‘I am a fashion and costume designer with an interest in the history of fashion. I have a  boutique/salon /studio called Edgeley where I make, sell, design, consult and produce from. Challenging conventional aesthetics, I create my own version of bold glamor by following my instincts rather than the orthodoxy of current fashion. I like to think I have a fundamental understanding of the female form in all its glorious incarnations and passionately believe that glamor and beauty are not determined by numbers, be it on a dress label or a birthday cake.’

I met Eryca a few years ago at a friend’s photographic exhibition in Canberra and I loved her outfit. A few months later I needed a portrait shot and I put a shout out on Facebook. Eryca happened to be in town, she lived far away in Bega at the time. She came in that same day and we did an impromptu shoot which I loved. After that Eryca moved to Melbourne and I asked her to shoot my lookbook for a winter collection. She said she’d only shoot it if I modeled. That wasn’t something I had thought of before but it was a huge success.

It was so much fun shooting. We just ducked out from my shop, up the road during my lunch break. I did all my own hair and make up and styling. It was just me and Eryca and things seemed to just work for us. I think my favourite part of working with Eryca is that she will not stop shooting until something wild has been captured. Like the wind that blew my veil up, or a security light which came on during a dull twilight and created this fabulous atmosphere. We have a common understanding and similar cultural references. Literature, photographers, films, models, designers.