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Golden Dawn by James Lightbown

When British fashion photographer James Lightbown and his team travelled to Andalucia in Spain recently, they had one thing on their mind: to shoot some amazing swimwear editorials. The project produced Golden Dawn, his first ever editorial for Ben Trovato.

I was inspired by the model herself, I wanted to play with the bronze shades and colors of the model, the location and then the swimwear,” he explains, continuing: “So I found a location that would allow me to shoot an underexposed feel with the metallic swimwear and the golden skin tones.

Surrounded by his regular team, James knew exactly what to expect on the set: “- Eleni [model] was amazing, I’ve worked with her quite a lot recently and planned the shoot around her. I’ve worked with Claire the make-up artist for about 10 years and Karl is my regular first assistant.

Stylist Emma Rice said “[..] when discussing the shoot and concept with James, we decided to stick with bronze and metallic shades for the product. Wanting to keep the accessories simple I pulled the amazing Zanotti wedges and commissioned some bespoke gold jewelry for the shoot. The focus was to keep it simple to let the tones and the model stand out.

Photography by James Lightbown
Modelling by Eleni @ Union
Stylist by Emma Rice
Hair & Makeup by Claire Salter
Photographer’s Assistant Karl Gregory