Paolo Roversi: Dream Sequence
A behind-the-scenes look at the fashion portfolio, "Dream Sequence," photographed by Paolo Roversi.
Released on 9/22/2009
[Narrator] The beginning of this story started
with Alex White, who is the fashion editor on the story,
she is the one who proposed to me that we do a story
with Paolo Roversi, with women in a very old house,
one of the oldest houses on North Haven,
which is very close to Sag Harbor in Long Island.
After she discusses with me the idea,
she has this central role in developing these photographs.
Part of the beauty of this story
is certainly the light and the very subdued color pallette.
They are very typical of Paolo Roversi's work.
He's best known for his Polaroids.
In this case, it was not Polaroid,
it was using a digital camera, but that doesn't change
the effect of what he was able to achieve.
Paolo has always managed, I think better than anyone,
to deal with this idea of painterliness,
of soft, bold strokes of light and there is a affinity
between these photographs and symbolist painting
but also Scandinavian paintings, Swedish paintings.
You have a very very soft light
and in some cases, quite a lot of dark shadows
and this somber sort of mood, this stillness.
The fact that it is, in some ways,
reminiscent of a fairy tale, with animals
that may or may not live in the woods and are they just
symbols, what is their relationship to these women?
You don't know if they're sisters,
you don't know if they're lovers,
has time stopped, is it real, is it a dream?
These are all the kind of questions that you hope
that people ask when they look at these photographs.
It's always been W's goal to really engage our readers
in a dialogue with the photographer,
dialogue with the stylist, to really be a participant
in the pictures, to engage your own imagination.
We really do try to let our readers enjoy
and be challenged by photography.