Real and Raw in Brighton
Nick Knight, Kate Moss, Britt Lloyd, Adwoa Aboah
Legendary photographer and filmmaker Nick Knight was asked by Kate Moss if he could shoot a fashion concept for British Vogue inspired by his own 1982 book Skinheads. Nick and his assistant, Brit Lloyd, decided to move out of the confines of the studio and shoot with natural light and hand held cameras. They assembled an incredible small team for the shoot. Kate Moss styled the shoot with British Vogue, Britt Lloyd shot the video, Nick shot the still images and the skinhead girls or sorts are Adwoa Aboah, Jazzelle Zanaughtti, and Lina Hoss.
Nick and Brit shot side by side simultaneously. The results are so incredibly rich in the still imagery and in the moving images. The shoot took place in late November on brutally cold and damp days in Brighton which added drama, texture and forbidding light. It was tough on the models but the realness, toughness and attitude of the original skinheads in Britain is there. “The rawness came through,”said Britt. Brighton itself was a wonderful layer visually with the sun coming down on the beach with the lights of the city coming up. Just using a handheld camera and no other equipment allowed the filmakers and cast incredible movement and spontaneity. The girls were very relaxed and bonded in a very wonderful way. Nick Knight, who for years has shot in very controlled situations in a studio, felt the experience was truly liberating as he returned to his own roots. It reignited some of Nick Knight’s own early influences. He highly recommends British films like A Taste of Honey and Saturday Night Sunday Morning. The reward to all the creative talent involved was a wonderful gift in bringing into focus their own emotional involvement in creating art “It was great to follow with our eye and heart and not a monitor,” said Britt. They got real and we are so thrilled that they did.