Visionary artist Diana Santisteban creates a glaring, futuristic playground in our newest editorial: ‘The Day The Earth Stood Still’. The story combines the strong architecture of structured designs, with the modern pop of metallics and neons. Versatile protagonist Victoria (@ Ford Models) lends her powerful presence and postures to the photographer’s striking compositions; for a standout collaboration. With minimal grooming touches by Ianna Walker, Victoria’s natural beauty shines brightly, and softens the androgynous undertones of the wardrobe. All clothing designs were selected and arranged by stylist Jessica Maldonado. This team struck an ideal chemistry for this edgy series. Enjoy!
1. Can you describe yourself for us in 5 words?
Patient, Open, Reticent , Thoughtful, Honest
2. Can you remember the first time you picked up a camera? Your first subject?
My first subject was my old friend from school; in 2007. She was a beautiful woman, and I wanted to show her how I experienced her beauty.
3. What made you choose photography? Or did it choose you?!
I don’t know who choose whom. I believe that it was just a life coincidence, a good coincidence. I studied architecture originally, but after a few years I realized it wasn’t my life’s mission. Then I decided to give my beloved hobby a try, and explore whether or not it might be the right direction for my life. To be honest, I never thought this career would develop so quickly.
4. Are you drawn to a particular style of photography, as a connoisseur? Are there specific artists that inspire your style?
There are a few photographers who are my absolute inspirations like Helmut Newton, Steven Meisel, Peter Lindberg, Paolo Roversi. I’d say I have a classical style of photography, but I’m open to experiencing new techniques.
5. Do you prefer shooting with models or with friends? And when you do shoot models…favorite agencies to work with, or specific subjects?
I never have restrictions to a model or not; if I a see a beautiful person (who may be a friend, an acquaintance or a professional) I would just ask to take an image of him/her. Job-wise: of course I work more often with professional models, but also many actresses, bloggers and other civilians.The agencies that I work with most are: M4, 2PM, Core, Izaio, Spin and a lot of independent scouters.
6. Also: is it easier to shoot men or women? Why?!
For me, there is zero difference (in the sex of the model); if its man or a woman. It’s about the beautiful human being.
7. Where do we find you living these days?
I live in the city of Berlin! Of course, I travel a lot and working in many different places, in different countries, around the world. Mostly I am in Berlin.
8. Favorite environment to work in…Studio or on location?
My studio gives me a great feeling of control, power and security; and sometimes for the model, it is easier to open up in the studio. Of course, I also love location shootings. Even if I’m on a vacation, if I spot an amazing setting, I go crazy to try and find a model for a few shots.
9. Do you have an intuitive way to identify a location for your shoots? When you see it, does it just feels right to you? Or are there different planning/ selection steps
I think every photographer or creative mind has this intuition. You just see it and it’s like: “Damn, so here it shall be!”. But it doesn’t always work out. I check the lighting and then I do some test shots, so I can see if the images that are produced, match the vision that I’ve imagined.
10. Do you love the control of diverse lighting set ups, or do you prefer working with natural light?
I love the control of creating in my studio, yes. But there is nothing in this world as beautiful as the magical light of a natural sunset. There is no artificial light arrangement that can simulate that!
11. As a very successful photographer already…What’s “the dream” Anna?
First, thank you for asking me this question. I don’t think I’m of myself as being a ‘successful’ photographer yet; but I will assert that I am on my way there! My dream is to have no walls inhibiting me from unlimited creation: no model or celebrity that I wouldn’t be able to work with. That fantasy would include the greatest clients in the world, and being appreciated by the worlds most creative minds.
12. Finally, on a personal note, tell us your favorite things: vacationing spot, type of music, a splurge, a designer you love, and or your drink of choice (if you have one)?!
Vacation: Somewhere very very warm; with a beautiful beach!
Music: Madonna, Depeshe Mode, Trentemoller
Designer: Jil Sander
Drink: Black Coffee, NO milk!
Photographer: Anna Daki
Hair: Anna Ermilina ( Vanessa Nouveau )
Welcome to our newest editorial from Swiss photographer (and team) Ramon Spaeti. ‘Hip To Be Square’ encapsulates modern style, and effortless energy; mixed high on a turntable to some carefree funk. The story is an ironic blend of cheeky and demure. It plays on fashion’s light hearted origin as a costume art, and a way to make light of the seriousness of our lives. The protagonista, Michelle M. was a perfect choice to portray the coy, urbanite lead. She infuses attitude and aloof charisma to an otherwise, very quotidian succession of experiences and interactions. The eclectic looks we’re compiled by genius stylist Debora Giugno, and offset by low maintenance grooming additions from artist Philipp Keusen. As is often the case in life as in art, the devil’s in the details. Enjoy!
Photographer: Ramon Spaeti
Stylist: Debora Giugno
Beauty: Philipp Keusen
Model: Michelle M. @ Scout Models Zurich
Designers: Stine Goya, Pigalle, Adidas, MM6 Maison Margiela, Comme des Garçons Play, American Apparel, Aikyou and Circus Hotel
Thanks to Waldraud Zurich
Photographer Vlada Krasilnikova conjures a futuristic dreamland of glaring, neon fluorescence and the chromed-out glint of sleek, steel surfaces…bouncing light off of the staunch silhouettes of lifeless technology. The sterility of the setting makes for an artful dichotomy of organics and inorganics; spotlighting the natural electricity of Aquarelle’s striking new sensation, Lida. The structured designs were created by the visionary Tonya Vorobyeva and arranged by stylist Elena Ivanova Tagirova. Clean and slick beauty accents were incorporated by the talented Anna Bugrova. Dark scenes illuminated by neon lights, strewn with artificial props and injected futuristic noir designs, make for a sultry series of cyber inspired style. Enjoy!
Kicking off our new edition of winter stories: longtime Libertine-favorite and emerging fashion darling Elena Kholkina brings us a fresh and effervescent collection of dichotomous studio and location collages from her latest works. The fashion series (entitled ‘Gemini’) blends the crisp composition that makes a classic timeless…with brazen and impish accents that lend a flow of fun and freedom to the dynamic of staunch contrasts. Our models Nick and Lida (both @ Aquarelle Models) provide the perfect palettes of purity and youth, on which our artist Elena Zichon crafted cheeky texture contrasts and carefree watercolor motifs to tie the whimsical quality of natural elements in with the more modern delineation of the still life, portraiture style. With a hearty blend of all the trending and traditional touches that Satiety Paper covets, this editorial appeases all penchants from the impetuous cutting edgers, to those of our more experienced and discerning fashion followers. It’s a poignant start to our sensational new sequence of stories for the season. Enjoy!
Photography: Elena Kholkina
Beauty and Style: Elena Zichon
‘Paris Confidential’ comes to us from groundbreaking mastermind Lev Efimov! A long time favorite over at The Libertine, Lev has provided stylistic inspiration for our work, going back several years (see some of the blog post that have featured his creations HERE). As his trademark, conceptual innovations develop, Lev continues to hone his discerning eye for gorgeous composition and flawless imagery. As one of our most apprised submission to date, this editorial simply slays, with its coquettish overtones, vivacious revelry and unabashed eroticism. Models Polina Malanova and Vika Rin are a vision of sultry perfection; bound and strapped into delicate but daring adornments composed of everything from the most delicate, frothy lace textures to staunch leather and rope fastenings selected by stylist Denis Chechkov. The final accents were contributed by Beauty Pro Ernest Muntaniol to soften and sizzle against the girls’ pretty palettes. It takes true brilliance to (so beautiful) marry playful innocence and smoldering sexuality to the degree that this artist recurrently achieves. This attribute, as much as any of the multitude in his wheelhouse, keeps us coming back for Lev time after time. Once you discover the delectable quality of his creations…it’s impossible to get enough. It’s a huge honor to endorse his artistic contributions here on Satiety Paper; and we have no doubt that the viewers will not son forget his name. Enjoy!Credits Photographer: Lev Efimov Models: Polina Malanova and Vika Rin Stylist: Denis Chechkov Make-up/ Hair: Ernest Muntaniol