Lois Bielefeld has come a long way since we featured her work in June 2010, and is today having her first Ben Trovato story released. We’re keeping up with this weeks trend of reintroducing Ben Trovato old-timers with exclusive stories. Earlier this week both Cecy Young and David Perez made a come back on Ben Trovato with wonderful fashion editorials, and today’s story by Lois Bielefeld is no exception.
In the shoot art directed by Kelly Sims, Lois is taking a look back at silent films referencing the starlet greats such as Marlene Dietrich and Gloria Swanson. “A Silent Roar is about an actress alone in her lush and extravagant home. There is a tension between her strength and vulnerability,” Lois says.
“Our main sources of inspiration were looking at the cinematic films from Rear Window, Nosferatu, and The Seventh Seal.”
Of this story, Linda W from Ford Chicago is the starlet, something she pulled off with grace. “Linda W is absolutely lovely to work with and photograph,” Lois explains. “We were fortunate to be able to book her before she left for Paris. She is very down to earth and a chameleon in front of the camera. I’ve photographed her for commercial work and she has the ability to morph into whatever character or idea is presented to her.”
Stylist Aubrey Closson is excited to see styles of the 20s and 30s re-emerging for 2012, and says she wanted to use current wardrobe pieces in a time-period inspired shoot. But also Linda W’s character was important when styling A Silent Roar: “- When I saw Linda she made the story come alive for me. I pulled clothing for her that I thought would best put her into character,” Aubrey says.
The team of the shoot has worked together before on commercial projects, and Lois says it was exciting to work on something much more creative and without boundaries. “The team is so very important to me- everyone brings life into the project and takes it so much further. Kelly Sims and Aubrey Closson and I did all of the concepting and location scouting together. Aubrey and I collaborate regularly on editorial work and testing,” says Lois.
Lois staying busy, and is currently releasing a large body of work in book form of portraits in people’s bedrooms. “I am also working on a short film. I have several other photo series that are in the process of taking form as well as continuing with fashion and my commercial work. And perhaps I’ll take a vacation and travel a little if time permits!”
Photography by Lois Bielefeld
Art Direction by Kelly Sims
Styling by Aubrey Closson
Hair/Makeup by Kateri Giehl, Utopia NYC
Model - Linda W, Ford Chicago
Photo Assistant - Alison Korth