Photographer and featured artist Lucy Sparks has created a photo series in collaboration with designer Adam Adams highlighting key pieces from the SS17 womenswear collections in her contextual style, focusing on environments, textures and detailing, Sparks is often asking the viewer to accept objects and locations on their own terms. Working with signature pieces for the season from Gucci, Stella McCartney, J.W. Anderson, Ellery and Fendi, Sparks presents her interpretation of a season that feels both at home and juxtaposed against ‘70s décor and nostalgia. We spoke to Sparks about her inspirations and direction of the photoset shot in Canvey Island, Essex:
“Throughout my photography career I have always been drawn to empty spaces. Particularly in my personal work, I have focused on hotels lobbies, abandoned villages and other vacant lots. This series was shot in my step-Nan’s Bungalow on Canvey Island in Essex, which my father recently put up for sale. I had only ever visited her home once in my teens, so my recollection of the location was a blur. However, the selection of clothes I picked for LN-CC triggered something in my memory that seemed to link me visually back to this place. I decided to create a fictional space for the garments. Building on a synergy between the ugly yet charming décor and the clothes I had chosen.
I enjoyed creating ghostly images both within the interior and the unkempt gardens. Some of the images are eerie, while others have a playful quality to them; reflecting the fabric of this peculiarly nostalgic space.”