Book themes and with them book cover imagery follow trends alongside TV dramas and films and one of the popular ones at the moment is for novels set in the 1940's and 1950's.
I regularly haunts the local charity shops on the lookout for items that can be used for photo-shoots and recently managed to find a dress and a beige trench coat that would be ideal for a 40s/50s period photo-shoot - purchased for the grand sum of £40.
Over the last few years I have worked with many of the local models, hair stylists and make-up artists on a collaborative basis providing images for their portfolios and over that time many of them have become good friends. Two such friends are Liza Marie Dunnell and Angela Barnes. Liza is an experienced fashion and lifestyle model who was worked with me on many occasions and she was the obvious choice to carry off the 40s/50s styling of the planned photo-shoot. Angela is an experienced and very creative hair stylist and headpiece designer and she, Liza and I have worked together on many photo-shoots in the last 3 years. The last piece of the creative jigsaw was the make-up artist and Liza recommended Kerry Eaglen as being ideal to create the necessary period style look. Norwich has many great locations but for this photo-shoot I was looking for somewhere that would have changed relatively little since the 1940s/1950s and the Pottergate/St Giles area seemed the ideal choice.
In addition to their potential use for book cover stock, the editor of the Norwich Resident magazine had expressed a keen interest in seeing the images and an article to be used in their Stories form the City section of the magazine and potentially the front cover.