Wednesday, May 4, 2011

English Party



This spread for Marie Claire Italia from a few years back is achingly beautiful. The supposed warmth of the seaside combined with its actual chilly winds and surf is so springlike -- you want it to be warm so so much you'll do almost anything to trick your mind into thinking that the season has changed, including bringing overcoats and nubby sweaters to the beach.

I think what I love most about this photo shoot is how much it reminds me of an upbeat version of the classic Edward Gorey introduction to Mystery!. All these glamorous people gathered together for a weekend of fun... until someone drowns in the bathtub/is shot during a game of charades/eats from a batch of poisoned crumpets. Sorry - I just can't help it sometimes! I'm sure this particular weekend won't end of a sour note. Just look at all those charming gentlemen in their vests and glasses. They definitely have more of an E. F. Benson vibe.

Photographs by Wendy Bevan for Marie Claire Italia, November 2009.
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3 comments:

andrea despot said...

i love these! chunky sweaters and slinky dresses and windblown hair and wellie boots...

Liza said...

Exactly! Wellies on the beach seem like way more fun than wellies in the city.

those tricks said...

These are great.
I wonder if they shot or processed them on silver plates or if that's a nice photoshop treatment to get that glow.

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