With models stripped of the superfluous, their beauty comes to light. Form and figure take the stage and French photographer, Alexandra Laffitte, explores a range of movement with poised grace. Using artistic mediums from lead graphite to ceramics, to fine art photography, Laffitte has found her voice to create the stunning actualizations of human emotion. Unadorned with the accessories of fashion, Laffitte’s models express the same vulnerability of what it means to be human, inclusive of their darkness and flaws.
Laffitte’s featured series, entitled Ombrage, translating to ‘shady’ in English, explores the element of darkness present in all of us. The models are painted and styled with varying amounts of black to represent the different degrees to which we are all affected by sorrow and disappointment, which tint our lives with darkness, effectively blocking out the light. By recognizing and characterizing darkness, Laffitte has found a means of acceptance within herself and others.
“The Ombrage series goes beyond mere appearance to bring out all that the subject refuses to know or admit of his nature and his personality. The series also probes the impact produced by a strong external event, capable of questioning self-image and relationships with others. This work, based on appearance and mystery, aims to shed light on the more or less conscious ambiguity of human nature, the fragile balance between good and evil.”
Transitioning from black to red, Laffitte’s next series presents the inherent beauty of red-haired men and women. The Rouille, or ‘Rust’ series, will express the exquisite charm and morphology of those attributed with crimson tones in Laffitte’s trademark, simplistic style. Soft, classic lighting techniques are used to create her portraits of perfection.
“My photographic work represents a minimalist and refined style, involving a certain staging that combines aesthetics and graphics. Fascinated by the body, my work adapts according to the morphology of the model: an attitude, a posture, a presence with abnormal gestures.”
Published in INSPADES Magazine, Issue Cinque, June 2017
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