The story behind the photos.....
I am completely inspired and enthralled by old mugshots. Hours can (and will) be lost digging them up on the internet. My contact photo is a nod to Frank Sinatra's mugshot with a little embellishment to make it my own. The Australian mugshots from the 1920s is where I found the inspiration for my project Mafiosa. I loved the defiance of the subjects and the artistry of the photographer. If mugshots were still that beautiful I'd be more inclined to be arrested!
With vision already prodding me day and night the next task was to decide on subjects. This didn't seem like the right project for models. I was inspired by the convicts themselves. How they posed themselves for the photos; pissed they'd been caught and defiant against those that held them. After seeing Sa Roc's remake of J. Cole's Fire Squad, the hook played over and over in my head... That I'm a rebel, rebel, rebel. Yeah I'm a rebel, rebel, rebel. I'm a rebel, rebel, rebel...rebel. The choice was made. I contacted three strong women in the Atlanta music scene that I admired and was honored they agreed to participate.
Just another example of art inspiring art.
There is a plethora of talent that made this happen... Thank you so much.
The Spinstyle - Art Direction: Darcie Adler, Production: Meredith Thornhill, Prop Styling: Kim Phillips, Wardrobe Styling: Kelly Martin, Makeup: Roanna Bales Akin & Hair: Katie Ballard
Ben Gamble - Retouching