… the precious gift which is connecting the past with the present through my meeting with Gian Paolo Barbieri. 40 years have past…40 years of a full life, modelling, marrying, divorcing, mothering two children, walking in nature, connecting inner and outer beauty, re-modelling…This is me 4o years ago seen through the lens of and in collaboration with GianPaolo. The greatest gift is all of it, the memories, the meeting and the prints…this is one of them…
This photo was from a series on Chanel for Italian Vogue. The set was already there as I came into the studio, the long chair and the backdrop. I usually did my own make-up and it looks like this is done by me, I can recognise the way I did the eyes, going out a bit on the sides, smudging very delicately. I had plucked my eyebrows then, something I wish I had not done, they never grew back in their full shape. The foundation was very important to me as I had learnt through practising that I could change the shape of my face by lighter and darker shading and I took my time doing it. Then testing the lighting with the photographer to get the maximum out of what he wanted to achieve. GianPaolo was a master with his lighting, very millimetre precise as to where and how the light would fall so once in the position that he wanted I could only move my eyes and the expression on the face. It was all about millimetres. And my inner feelings, my thoughts and emotions were as important as the outer expression. A good way to meditate, letting all thoughts pass and enter into inner stillness. Being on the inside, attentive to the outside. Gian Paolo would guide the body movement to perfection. My hair was long but pulled back in a soft style with a bow on top. The garments I don´t remember, if they were actually contemporary Chanel or not. I do remember the feeling of being inside them, how good they felt on the body and how beautiful I thought they were. I was also connected to my grandmother here and the clothes in her wardrobe that I used to love wearing as a child. All in all this is a precious memory and I´m very grateful to actually have an original photo now. It is being framed to hang in my home. And that is really connecting the past with the present for me. Thank you from the deepest of my heart GianPaolo.
All original photos by Gian Paolo Barbieri