Thandie Newton, she of the impeccable cheekbones and treacle voice, has posed for the second instalment in Louis Vuitton’s ‘double exposure’ project, which uses a collodion wet plate photographic process - a 19th Century camera that requires the sitter to pose for 12 seconds, and (crucially, from where we’re sitting) takes some lovely images with a delightfully antiqued patina.
The double exposure series is Louis Vuitton’s take on slowing down the fast pace of fashion, or as the good people at LV said themselves, ‘amidst the frenetic hustle and bustle of the modern consumer landscape one of the key creative objectives for Louis Vuitton was to slow things down, and take a moment to capture the true essence of the sitter, in order to create something that was unique, exclusive and timeless.’
As well as looking awesome in new season Louis Vuitton, Thandie gives us a sneaky glimpse of some of her favourite things – her passport (useful), an old oil painting (pretty) and a teddy bear (cute). ‘It really takes you into the heart and history of photography itself,’ says Newton of the collodion process ‘and to parallel that, we’re getting into the heart and history of me.’
The film will premiere on Louis Vuitton's facebook page on September 8th, and you can watch the trailer by clicking play above!
- Alex Butt