It dawned on me after seeing images from our Gypsy Native editorial floating around on Tumblr that I never uploaded all of the behind the scenes shots. This day was so much fun – despite the stress of chasing the sunlight, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. During the last outfit change, the golden sun beams hit the water like daggers, casting the most beautiful light halos that I’ve ever seen and displaying the perfect finale to our Gypsy Native narrative.
See, every CULT editorial begins with a story – a narrative. Usually it’s inspired by travel, sometimes it’s love. Most of the time, these stories are derived from personal events and feelings, those of my close friends, or current events. This particular narrative follows a young, beautiful free spirit as she encounters a romantic ride with the sea – a vast ocean representing an intangible love, but a love yearned for nonetheless.
“Yet there is something so beautiful in the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.”
was the theme of the shoot.
There’s something beautiful in loving something that we can’t hold, something infinite and more powerful than we are. Maybe this love is embodied in a spirit or a deity. Maybe this love is a dream, or an idea. Or maybe this love is a person, an undisclosed friendship, or maybe this love is for ourselves.
Just like the tide, rolling in at sunset, sometimes we don’t realize that the love we yearn for is right between our fingertips, floating silently away until we are ready to hold on and ride its beautiful, albeit daunting, waves.
View the full Gypsy Native Editorial, here.
Photography: Robby Mueller
Model / Muse: Natascha Elisa
Art Direction: Drea Sobieski