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Nov 16, 2023

Gothic Literature: the inspiration

Inspired by the supernatural, dark romanticism and unrequited love, this collection contains themes found within Gothic Literature.

"The elements of terror and darkness with intense emotion and mysterious romance have always fascinated me," explains Darren. “I wanted the images to look discoloured and distressed – like photographs from the nineteenth century that had been discarded and forgotten about for hundreds of years. 

"Before we embark on any shoot, Jackie and I always research and plan our subject in depth – the hair, clothes, body language, atmosphere and setting. In this instance, we decided to work with hair in shades of brown and black and styles inspired by Gothic literature and 18th century influences, but with our own 21st century twist. The clothes had a heavily layered concept– think wools, felt and deconstructed linen in dark tones – and for make-up, we opted for flawlessly clear skin with subtle contouring to enhance the characters’ features."

Hair: Darren Ambrose @darrenambrose

Colour: D&J Artistic Team @djambrosehair

Makeup: John Christopher @jcmua

Styling: Jackie Ambrose @jackie.ambrose1

Photography: Chris Bulezuik @chrisbulezuikphotography

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