Catherine McNeil in ‘When Midnight Comes Around’ by Guy Aroch for Muse #33
Photographer: Guy Aroch. Model(s): Catherine McNeil. Source: Muse Magazine. Stylist: Joanne Blades. Makeup: Akiko Sakamoto / Dennis Lanni.
Posted May 14, 2013
Fighting her way back to the future, Catherine McNeil finds herself stuck in a style-capsule ‘When Midnight Comes Around’ by Guy Aroch for Muse Magazine #33. Raw, real & artfully driven, Aroch delivers a cinematic story that might leave you asking, is this real or is it the Matrix? With remnants of retro-recovered pieces laying around like so much archaic architecture, this powerful imagery plays out like post-apocalyptic poetry. Aged to perfection, Joanne Blades’ spectacular set is styled with a rare mix of bold vintage blends and fabulous fashion finds. Bathed in light, the hazy shades of muted colors give this editorial an ethereal edge, while the layering effects expose what I call, The Beauty Below. A subtle type of creative cajoling that lures out the stories’ subtext while leaving the main concept in tact, this nuanced talent can be the most effective part of the process in that it allows the photographer to realize a more complete vision. Modern minds redefining the boundaries of artistic expression, in this thought-provoking series we see Aroch fearlessly embrace a more philosophical approach to the act of creativity. Masters moving us out of the mindset of mediocrity, if we allow ourselves to enter an era of excellence, the true talents of our time can take us to greatest heights fashion has ever known.