We rose early, packed a bag of Freeze Frame outfits and a cooler full of wine. Jimmy and I set off to meet the team at 8 am on set.
The photoshoot location held a secluded hotel, abandoned for some time. I chose it for its mysterious nature and dilapidated state. The hotel stood alone in the middle of the woods, covered in graffiti. It looked like an urbanized campsite that once held a hotel. Rooms still with tiles while vines crept across the walls around us as if we were in a scene from Where The Wild Things Are. The dark urban setting juxtaposed well with Freeze Frame’s punk looks.
As makeup artist, Henry Galea painted his magic across my face, photographer, Jason Spiteri scouted out the location. Jewelry designer, Sam Selby, laid out her new Sirena Collection , pairing the pieces with each look. The sun rose quickly and the day heated up.
We shot most of the photoshoot inside an abandoned pool house. Graffiti covered the enormous walls. It felt like we were in a creepy gallery exhibition rather than in the middle of an abandoned building at risk of falling any minute. The pool – or what once was – looked like a giant dumpster, filled a third of the way up with debris, broken bottles, and rusted graffiti cans.
We occupied several hours of shooting in front of different walls with different outfits and different makeup looks. Henry’s makeup brush battled the heat and my sweaty nose. By the end of the day, we were exhausted, sweaty, and covered in dust – but all totally satisfied with the day’s creative work and a successful photoshoot.
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