The Uncomfortable Being

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by Jen

Browsing through the photos on my laptop made me realize how much great material I still have that I could publish on Des & Jen. I believe it would be a shame not to share it with you, because of their content and foremost the effort that has been invested into each and every of those photoshootings. Keeping these photos only for myself would be just wrong.

One thing I really loved about the photoshootings I took in the past was definitely the escape from the daily routine, the mere perspective of doing something creative and taking on a different character (like in the Monster Photoshoot). Every photoshoot is an unique adventure; sometimes your hair becomes fluffy, your eye-brows become unnaturally thicker and turn darker and you get to wear unusual garments most of the people would probably never wear in their life (hint: the upcoming photos)! Funny enough, that is exactly what attracts me, the weirder the photoshoot the more excitement in it for me! :)

During my study time in Milan (from 2009-2012) I got to be involved with a project called “The Uncomfortable Being”. The initiative came from Fridrik Arnason, a former Fashion Stylist student from IED (Istituto Europeo di Design). He was on the lookout for a model for his project and I agreed to take part in it.

Where did the inspiration come from?

The idea of the shooting originated in Japanese philosphy of art, one simple thought, “Wabi-Sabi”. It’s an aesthetic that is about acceptance of transience and imperfection, but that can still be beautiful. Art, which in theory should be beautiful and perfect, should become more incomplete/impermanent, more real to the eye and approachable, more everyday-like if you wish.

Fridrik told me that it was quite challenging to transfer this concept into a fashion editorial. Still, his vision was shaped around the idea of flaws; flaws of perfection, flaws in shapes and the natural flaws we all experience – flaws in being a human – feeling uncomfortable in one’s own skin. Hence: The Uncomfortable Being!

Regarding the styling it was important to create the impression of accymetrical shapes and lines, additionally an art work in weird shapes was created over my body in order to highlight the uncomfortable feeling.

Styling and Art Direction by Friðrik Árnason

Photography by Rebekka Fagnani

Hair by Janni Elise Ellegaard

Make up by Nicole Krunic

Styling Assistant Catharina Pavitschitz

Photography Assistant Enrico Lenarduzzi

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