ROCK THE FROCK {Beth and the Butterflies}

Beth and I have been planning this Rock the Frock project for quite a while. Beth is a fellow photographer in Nottingham and was keen to do a Rock the Frock shoot with a difference. When she sent me a picture of her dress, I immediately wanted to give the shoot a gothic feel in a crumbling run down derelict location. It was Beth’s pale skin and the beautiful fragile dress that made want to show a real contrast in the location of this shoot. I also had the idea of placing butterflies around the rubble and on Beth’s skin, to really show up the juxtaposition of the fragile and beautiful amidst the ugly and neglected, and to give the shoot a feeling of vulnerability and isolation. However to describe the disused old RAF buildings in Syerston as ugly would be misleading. Although there are boarded up and broken windows, graffitti everywhere and rubbish dumped in the grounds, there is a haunting beauty about the place. Especially in the caved in roof, that made for a beautiful backdrop to the shoot. It looks like it might collapse at any minute, but is suspended in this strange half broken state, as if it is not yet ready to fall.

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