When I was first sent the pictures of our location in Awhitu, I saw a bach and caravan set in a time warp, I don’t know what era exactly, but I immediately thought of my childhood, and that nostalgia landed me on a piece of clothing that I was determined to use in the shoot. In fact, I based my entire styling of the shoot around this item of clothing – A pair of Adidas scuffs. Officially, they are Adidas ‘Adilette Slides’, but to most people, scuffs. As a kid in the islands, scuffs were how you swagged out whilst staying cool in the heat, and in the hood, scuffs and socks never go out of style. I wanted to bring that ‘hood classic’ style to the shoot, as well as contrast it with pretty and delicate dresses.
But it wasn’t just the clothes, the location helped me imagine a character that lived alone, who didn’t like to be bothered. I imagined I’d spend my mornings and evenings in the cool of the house drinking, or recovering from drinking, not bothering to fully dress. During the day, I’d venture out to my caravan for a change of scene, to avoid any visitors who might have come to peer in through the front windows of the bach, and to feel the sun on my face for a few moments. Not because I particularly enjoyed the sun, just because it was something to do.
Huge thanks to Lucko & Mark for asking me to be involved, and to AJ, for shipping in those Scuffs all the way from Ozzie just for the shoot. Just click on the images if you want to enlarge them
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