Paolo Roversi: Dream Sequence

A behind-the-scenes look at the fashion portfolio, "Dream Sequence," photographed by Paolo Roversi.

Released on 9/22/2009

Credits

Starring: Paolo Roversi

Transcript

00:01
(gentle music)
00:23
[Narrator] The beginning of this story started
00:25
with Alex White, who is the fashion editor on the story,
00:29
she is the one who proposed to me that we do a story
00:33
with Paolo Roversi, with women in a very old house,
00:39
one of the oldest houses on North Haven,
00:42
which is very close to Sag Harbor in Long Island.
00:46
After she discusses with me the idea,
00:50
she has this central role in developing these photographs.
00:57
Part of the beauty of this story
00:59
is certainly the light and the very subdued color pallette.
01:04
They are very typical of Paolo Roversi's work.
01:08
He's best known for his Polaroids.
01:11
In this case, it was not Polaroid,
01:13
it was using a digital camera, but that doesn't change
01:16
the effect of what he was able to achieve.
01:21
Paolo has always managed, I think better than anyone,
01:24
to deal with this idea of painterliness,
01:28
of soft, bold strokes of light and there is a affinity
01:35
between these photographs and symbolist painting
01:38
but also Scandinavian paintings, Swedish paintings.
01:42
You have a very very soft light
01:46
and in some cases, quite a lot of dark shadows
01:51
and this somber sort of mood, this stillness.
01:56
The fact that it is, in some ways,
01:59
reminiscent of a fairy tale, with animals
02:02
that may or may not live in the woods and are they just
02:05
symbols, what is their relationship to these women?
02:09
You don't know if they're sisters,
02:11
you don't know if they're lovers,
02:12
has time stopped, is it real, is it a dream?
02:16
These are all the kind of questions that you hope
02:20
that people ask when they look at these photographs.
02:27
It's always been W's goal to really engage our readers
02:32
in a dialogue with the photographer,
02:34
dialogue with the stylist, to really be a participant
02:39
in the pictures, to engage your own imagination.
02:46
We really do try to let our readers enjoy
02:50
and be challenged by photography.