A photographic project focused on couples in and around the London and UK mod scene. Carlotta’s been coming along to the mod clubs that myself and several of the individuals pictured (who are also my friends) for a while now. A professional photographer that is unobtrusive, yet present in the clubs. Myself and my girlfriend are yet to have our picture taken with her but no doubt in the next couple of weeks we’ll get there.
The text below is taken straight form her website.
These images are from a personal project on couples who belong to the “mod scene”, a subculture that originated in Britain in the late fifties and became very popular during the sixties.
While their style is what catches the eye at first, my interest in developing this project goes well beyond their appearance. The subculture and all of its elements – the fashion, the music, the scooters,… – only provide the framework for this project. From an outsider point of view, I am trying to get a glimpse of their identity beyond the “mask” and to portray them for who they are, rather than for what they wear.
I decided to focus on couples because I am fascinated by the way their identities blend together to produce something larger than the sum of its parts. I am also quite interested in the relationship between a person and his or her surrounding environment, in seeing how they complement each other.
Consequently, I took elaborate planning out of the equation when making these pictures: the couples chose what to wear and where to be photographed.
The world depicted in the pictures is entirely the world they have created for themselves.
The project is still ongoing.
Check her out at: http://www.carlottacardana.com/