From the series the Time Machine- a series in homage to the city of Berlin, urban melancholia and the passing of time

From the series the Time Machine- a series in homage to the city of Berlin, urban melancholia and the passing of time

As a general rule of thumb, here at Ghost we avoid featuring fashion photography mostly due to the fact that the nature of the industry is such a polar opposite of our ethos, and also due to the fact that the internet is already saturated with near-identical fashion images. Like any rule, though, it’s there to be broken and Romy Maxime’s work does just that.

With a portfolio of images that cross genres between documentary and fashion, her work presents an energy rarely seen in fashion images. Working in collaboration with musicians, Maxime presents a portfolio of work with a focus on the location and the energy of the models she shoots, as opposed to the clothes themselves. Fashion with a twist.

Music, Maxime states, is one of her greatest inspirations, “It is a a bit different,” she tells us, “I like to listen to [musicians] music beforehand in order to understand how to translate their music style and personality into a portrait. Lucid Dreaming was an idea of my own because I was fascinated with infrared film and each musician in the series had some dream like quality to their music so it fitted. Sometimes the musician has an idea, but it’s always a collaboration, most of the time the ideas and concepts are left to me, which is great because the artists I work with trust me.”

Alice Phoebe Lou from the series Lucid Dreaming. Shot on infrared film.

Alice Phoebe Lou from the series Lucid Dreaming. Shot on infrared film.

Portrait of RY X- vocalist of Howling, The Acid, and Hymn de Lune

Portrait of RY X- vocalist of Howling, The Acid, and Hymn de Lune

Her style is experimental and unforced, and she works with film because she “love[s] the grain and the textures of analogue photography”. A significant portion of her work is also in black and white because she appreciates the simplicity black and white offers and “the focus on light which colour can often distract from”.

Maxime is based between Cape Town and Berlin and tells us:
“I prefer Cape Town for the weather and I prefer Berlin for the people and the social/urban stimulation. Berlin has always been the city of freedom for me: it’s affordable, spacious and I’m constantly inspired by the people I meet, it’s like all the misfits moved here in droves with the fall of the wall. You feel like you could do anything in Berlin.

“Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and offers me the best locations, natural wonders and golden light and from most points I have a view of the ocean, I don’t think it gets better than that. I seem to be more social and inspired by people in Berlin and in Cape Town I am inspired the space and the nature, the sea and the sun.”

See more of her work at: romymaxime.com
Or follow her on Tumblr: romymaxime.tumblr.com
Or Instagram: @romymaxime

Image Credit: From Maxime’s series “The Runaways”