Tom Andrew / Vogue Italia
14th September 2017
Tom Andrew photographs and directs short film for fashion editorial Strength In Tension, with Vogue Italia
“I began developing the idea for ‘Strength In Tension’ after seeing a sculpture of dancer and choreographer, Martha Graham performing her piece ‘Laminations’. I later watched videos of the performance and became fascinated with the contained, concealed movement and the distortion of form.
I set out to create imagery and a short film that explore this restricted energy, while also constructing images with a statuesque like presence, to emulate the sculpture.
Martha would perform ‘Laminations’ on stage or a in studio with no set or props apart from a single bench. I wanted to keep this essence of open space by pulling back and showing elements of the set that would normally be cropped out from the final image.
I was also keen to show a shared connection in shape and energy, between subject and set, to present a similarity in exaggerated silhouettes shown on the exterior, whilst viewed with a knowledge of the differing forms beneath.”