The Final Frontier

Montana, USA – 2020

 

The Pioneer bar in Virginia City has offered so much to us over the years and
we are acutely conscious not to overplay our hand here. After all, there are
many other weathered saloons in the West. We don’t want to be repetitive in
our story telling. That would be lame.
Equally, for our work, The Pioneer is emphatically the best bar known to us. It
has depth and the wagon wheel on the ceiling is ideally positioned. More
importantly, it is home turf for us and last year I was honoured to receive “The
Freedom of the City”. I have the key in my briefcase. The owner of The Pioneer
partners with us rather than simply permiting us and that is a material
difference.
But when we go back each winter, it is important to bring a new variable to offer
the chance of an image that can transcend. There is no point going backwards.
My new variable this time was Cara Delevingne and her established team of
stylists and hair and make-up artists. To bring such a celebrated and relevant
woman as Cara to Montana is fresh ground. Put her in front of the Eiffel Tower
and it is a new look on the Eiffel Tower.
I gave her team a directive for this shot: bad ass; sexy; sovereign; 1920s but
still very much Cara. They absolutely nailed it, as did she. The hat made a huge
difference. I can’t think of any other woman in the world I would prefer to play
this role.
These are not easy images to execute as there is such limited light. Depth of
field and shutter speeds are therefore compromised. Cara would always be
sharp – that was easy – then we had to hope for some luck elsewhere. Cameras
have improved so much over the years in terms of ability to work in low light. I

could not have done this 10 years ago. But you are pushing the camera right to
the edge of its capability.
She owns this shot.

 

Digital Pigment Print on Archival
315gsm Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Baryta Paper
Frame included
Hand signed and numbered on the front by the artist
Includes a Certificate of Authenticity

 

Available Sizes (Framed Size)
Large: 71” x 99”
Standard: 52” x 70”

Available Editions
Large: Edition of 20
Standard: Edition of 20

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