I shot two collections for The British Hairdressing Awards in 2018 and as usual I targeted three categories: Southern, Avant Garde and Colour. I often enter Afro Hairdresser of the Year as well but decided to take a break this year. I’m very lucky that Revlon Professional sponsor my collections.
My avant garde collection, “Dark Secrets” has an unusual back story. Earlier in the year, I was contacted by Grzegorz Sikorski, a photographer based in Katowice, Poland, who asked if I would work with him on the photographs for a calendar which he produced each year. On the basis that he would pay my expenses and that I could use the photographs if I wished, I agreed.
Everything went as planned and I was enjoying my trip to Poland, but I got a bit of a shock on the first day on set! What I hadn’t realised was that each year Grzegorz shoots what you might euphemistically call an old fashioned Pirelli style calendar! In other words, all the models posed totally naked.
OK. So I gritted my teeth and got on with it. No one seemed to mind, everyone was happy and behaving normally. And we created some beautiful images. But nothing I thought I could use!
Anyway, to cut a long story short, back in Oxofrd a few weeks later , I thought I’d ask Grzegorz if he would agree to redo the photos so they were either shoulders up or the naughty bits were discretely fuzzy. He did and the results comprise my collection ” Dark Secrets”. I like it more each time I revisit it and I hope you do too. You can see it here.
Dark Secrets credits.
Hair Anne Veck assisted by Jowita Holt | Photography for Grzegorz Sikorski for Dagma Photo
Make-up Kaya Karasinska and Anna Krzak | Collection sponsored by Revlon Professional