Inspiration, Livsstil, Mode, Skönhet

The greatest gift…

… 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

Photostory:Ingmari Lamy



Ingmari Lamy

Inspiration, Livsstil, Mode, Skönhet

A precious meeting with Gian Paolo Barbieri…

You know those moments, when everything is like a precious gift, the way it happens, how it falls into place and the way you feel elevated both during the moment itself and for  a long time ever after. This was a moment like that! I was in Milano doing a photo shoot for the brand ISAIA and since I had not been in Milan for many, many years and it is a place related to the 70s and working as a model with GianPaolo Barbieri I had a deep wish to meet him. My past as a model has become very alive to me again, mainly through this blog and the wish to connect the past and present in various creative ways is active in me. I always loved working with GianPaolo, he was so generous and attentive. a brilliant photographer/guide who could get the best out of me. Our collaboration was perfect! The work itself was very special magic, sometimes hard body work moments in front of the camera, then super good lively lunches in the studio with the whole team and often dinners after in his home. I´ve had my best pasta and risotto ever there. It´s been about 40 years since we met and recently I had called his studio and spoken to his studio manager Emanuele who was thrilled speaking to me and connected me to Gian Paolo who was then in the Carribean. That was our first contact a few month prior to my trip to Milan. As I seem to be mostly last minute and very unprepared in one way but in another way kind of hold focus within, I didn´t call the studio to say I was coming to town but just had the intention of a meeting to take place. It was Emanuele who answered as I called in the morning, ”OH, Ingmari! This is incredible! I´m just standing at the light table looking at dias of you! And you know who´s standing next to me?” Of course it was Gian Paolo and it was meant to be! We were all so happy and settled for lunch in the studio the following day. Filled with joy at such a great coming together of incidents I dashed off to work for ISAIA and had a great day at work, followed by a wonderful dinner with my friends Evan and Luisa. Next day, after a long loving breakfast at the hotel with my friends as well, I dashed off to the Studio Barbieri with butterflies in my belly and deep Joy in my Heart.  Meeting GianPaolo felt like it was yesterday we met last time. Such a thrill beyond words. He showed me around the beautiful studio full of objects from his travels and life in the Caribbean. A different studio than the one I knew, only the lights were the same, his photo lights. And then he took me to a big table in the photo studio itself, one side of it covered with prints of me. ”These are all the original prints I have from our work together in the 70s. Take what you want Ingmari”. My heart at that point was so overfilled I felt like laughing and crying at the same time. Years pass and everyday, every moment is filled with new life, the work I did back then is not something I think of most of the time but right there, right then it just hit me with all the memories and this absolutely unexpected generous gift. No one has ever given me a gift like this before and I was totally humbled. By the man, my friend that I had spent so much precious working time together with and by the gift he just offered me. I didn´t know where to put all my emotions at that moment but felt like a glowing ball of gratitude. We had lunch, we spoke, we were in this moment of grace…then Emanuele took some pictures of us together. We looked at the photos that were going to an exhibition in Moscow and all his books. There are photos of me in four of them that he also gave as a gift. I didn´t even know they existed. After making my choice of prints Gian Paolo made a packeting for them and after great future plans and warm farewells they both followed me to the street entrance. In the taxi came the tears and I just let them flow from the source in my heart.  Now it´s time to make visions come to reality!


the dias on the light table show how precise the body movements were. It looks easy but it was quite some twisting and bending into position.


studio sitting room


wooden sculptures and objects from his life journeys


shells and snakeskins


the outdoors



pictures ready for a big exhibition. May the next one be in Stockholm! This one from the series Tahitian tattoos.


humour and excellence


GianPaolo making a cover for my pictures

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then sits down to sign the books he gave me



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a great giver, a wonderful man


See you next time…very soon my friends.

Photo story: Ingmari Lamy

All photoprints in the story: GianPaolo Barbiero

Ingmari Lamy

Inspiration, Livsstil, Mode, Skönhet

Gianpaolo Barbieri and I…

I will not be able to attend but maybe you will! I so wish I could! We met again, me and Gian Paolo after 40 years almost and it was the most precious meeting. GianPaolo and I worked a lot together in the early 70s, mostly in his studio in Milan, for Italian Vogue. I love him so much. He is a true generous being. Now exhibiting in Moscow at the Multimedia Art Museum, opening today. As I visited his Studio in Milan dec -14 he had set up the light to take these portraits of us. Then he took a portrait of me and his assistant Emmanuelle. More about our meeting coming up soon. insert invitation f&s.qxdSONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSC

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Fiholm castle…

Still with Gudrun Sjöden at Fiholm castle…can’t help it, I just want to complete one story before going to the next. Time is my thing…getting hold of the perfection of time. I´ll give it my best try! In this place time has stood still for awhile and time has been preserved as well. The two wings of the Fiholm castle mirror each other. They are the wings. Looking at it the main castle itself is missing. It was never built. But this is perfect just the way it is. One of the wings is beautifully neglected by time and the other, which is the home of the owners, is perfectly preserved and renovated with a gentle knowing hand. I love both and would love to have a place like this of my own. Adding to it the amazing park and nature around this pretty much sums up to my dreams of a home base. I just want it to be closer to Stockholm and in more untouched nature…well I´ll work on it! We worked inside the abandoned wing and then outside. Photographer Elisabeth Frang set up a whole light tent to create a perfect even light in the shade while you had the background sunlit. A very beautiful light. Thought I´d show you how it looks behind the scenes. And then Amber getting undressed. Last, the couple that inhabit this amazing place, somewhere in the middle of Sweden on this beautiful planet Earth. Always gratitude to my work, the people I meet and work with and life itself. Thank you! IMG_2682_DSC6397_DSC6403_DSC6400_DSC6417_DSC6416_DSC6415_DSC6462

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Inspiration, Livsstil, Mode, Skönhet

Gudrun behind the scenes…

I´ll just ignore ( I wish) that I`ve been away from my blog for so long. On Instagram you can follow me everyday! I LOVE that media.

Fashion week in Stockholm is just over. The two sweet and talented twins Leo and Desideria who have been my media Dream team those last few days have just stepped on the train back to Gothenburg. I took a bus to the Modern Museum and landed at the cafe with lunch and my computer. Ok this is an older story that´s been half done, waiting for a long time. Behind the scenes is a theme I always like. This is from Gudrun Sjöden Christmas story in my earlier blog. We spent two days at the Fiholm castle in Sörmland. The perfect run down perfection of the annex, showing the hand of time past and the beauty of time present, is something I always feel so inspired by. Anything from rusty iron to cracked walls with layers of colours to all the layers of wallpaper…Photographer Elisabeth Frang is fantastic with natural light and she also loves no make up which is what I feel most comfortable with…just a dash of covering up some red spots…heaven! Makeup artist Madeleine Gaterud is so talented and also so good at the ”no makeup” look. I met wonderful being and actress Siham Shurafa during this photo shoot, we kind of just melted into each others energy and became friends. After the 3 hour long bus ride home to Stockholm last day at work we found a cafe near Mariatorget and spent a few hours together bonding. It`s been too long now!












Ingmari Lamy
Ingmari Lamy
Ingmari är modell och konstnär samt håller i events och kurser i inre skönhet. Hon har varit omslagsmodell för magasin som Harper's Bazaar och Vouge, jobbat med fotografer som Bob Richardson, David Bailey och Gil Bensimon och gått visningar för Jeal-Paul Gaultier, Yohji Yamamoto och Kenzo. Här delar hon med sig av anekdoter från förr och inblickar i de projekt hon driver idag.
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