This is a special post today in honour of my late grandmother whom I very recently lost. I would like to celebrate her life as she was a major influence throughout my childhood and I can thank her, along with my mother, for nurturing my creativity and helping me feel grounded in a somewhat chaotic world.
The birds nest was found at my Grandmother’s beach shack, down the South Coast, many years ago and I decided to “borrow” it on my most recent Christmas visit as I got excited about it’s wonderful tactile presence as a prop for a future shoot. Following her passing it sparked a vision and became the centrepiece around which to base the table setting.
This shoot is also a little ‘old fashioned’ in style and tone, … influenced by the imprint of my grandmother in the interiors of ‘the Coast,’ and this feel was created through the use of deep textural greens, blues and rich black and the vintage oil painting is a nod to her era.
I suddenly realised that it resembles the work of the Australian painter, Margaret Olley, famous for her still life and interior works and funnily enough her face, with so much character, also reminds me a little of my Nan, a parallel I hadn’t planned, prior to the shoot.
This blog post I’ll keep it in the memory bank forever as one of my favourites, thanks to the brilliant photographer Felix Forest and his natural ability to capture the mood I envisaged. He brought “Nana’s Nest” to life and I thank him for that.
Remember it’s often the little things that make a shoot. A prop, a colour, a memory or the lighting. It’s the inspiration you feel as a stylist from this element that you weave into the narrative.
Farewell to a very special lady, my Nan xxx
Photographer – Felix Forest