Daughter of the Desert
BEHIND THE LENS – ALEXANDER JAMES
“I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams…”― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
When we started to conjure up the idea of shooting in the Moroccan desert, it was but a mere daydream. But as our passion for the project grew, with the build up of designs and ideas, as our senses came alive with the sights and smells of the desert, the dream took shape. What makes our “visions” so thrilling — is that chemistry — of taking a dream and giving it wings. We wanted to inject truth and authenticity, with accents of the traditional Berber style… so much so that we spent an entire day hunting in the souks of Marrakesh for a Berber wedding bridal headpiece. We didn’t want to do a shoot in Morocco and put a girl in a perfect white wedding dress, it would be too out of context, too jarring, and not in harmony with the soul of the desert.
Could one say that, the inimitable style of this shoot is in fact reminiscent of ’wabi sabi’? It is the Japanese phrase for ‘perfect imperfection’. When we stood in the endless desert and looked up to the distant horizon, wispy clouds of hope and change drifted past, stained pink. A sense of awe enveloped us, and gifted us with a miniature but innate reflection that the world, and life in it, is truly a perfect imperfect wonder. We do truly reject the sterility of soulless design, and this is what we came up with. We are still in thrall of it all, you too?
FEATURED IN BASH MAGAZINE AND ON MAGNOLIA ROUGE
“EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE I WILL WORK WITH SOMEONE SPECIAL FOR THE FIRST TIME AND THINK “WOW, I ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO WORK WITH THEM AGAIN!”. THIS HAPPENED TO ME RECENTLY ON A BEACH IN THE SOUTH OF IRELAND. IT’S SAFE TO SAY I WAS BEWITCHED BY THE SHEAR TALENTS AND CHARM OF PEARL AND GODIVA. WHAT THEY MANAGED TO CONCOCT IN SUCH A SHORT SPACE OF TIME WAS SIMPLY BREATHTAKING. I’M COUNTING THE DAYS UNTIL I CAN NEXT PHOTOGRAPH THEIR INCREDIBLE WORK!!!” ~ ALEXANDER FROM ALEXANDER JAMES PHOTOGRAPHY, 2013
Credits ~ Production, Art Direction & Styling: Pearl & Godiva | Photography: Alexander James Photography | Make Up & Hair: Sarah Lanagan Make Up Artist | The Gowns: Samuelle Couture | Bespoke Headpiece: Opal & Owl | Stationery: Kathryn Murray Calligraphy | Florals: Frog Prince | Props: Pearl & Godiva | Location: Les Cigognes, Morocco & La Pause, Marrakech