“We dragged everyone out of London to my parent’s garden in Essex,” says photographer Jack Davison. “We used the magazine’s title and subject as our jump off point and kind of ran from there.” The shoot for Luncheon magazine, titled Stranger Than Paradise, features model Maggie Maurer enjoying suburban Essex in a series of atmospheric and thought-provoking images. “Mattias Karlson (the stylist), Rachel Thomas (the set designer) and I just met up to have tea and coffee and mused upon ways that we could run with it,” explains Jack. “I have a surrealist streak and Dali somehow found his way into the conversations and I guess we kept thinking up sillier and more odd ideas from there.”
The shoot happened instinctively, with Jack trying to capture a feeling of mischief and joy in each image. “There wasn’t much planning for each image in the end, we turned up with a bunch of brilliant food and cutlery props that Rachel had found and kind of went from there. We were trying to react to our subjects and the clothes Mattias brought,” explains Jack. The photos create a startling narrative that descends into playful chaos. Jack also shot the cover image of the latest issue of Printed Pages which is available for pre-order today.
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