Ali McNally sent us this incredible editorial photographed by her frequent collaborator Chris Scheurich. Shot on medium format and 35mm film, they had the most haunting location: a raised French Creole-style home called Woodland, 200 yards from the mighty Mississippi River, in LaPlace, Louisiana. Built in 1793, it has been shuttered and largely untouched since the last occupant moved out in 2004, its peeling paint and chipping plaster only adding to its ghostly charm. Nothing has been set dressed, the old bed frames and televisions and chairs were exactly as we found them, it was quite spooky! It was also the birthplace of Edward “Kid” Ory, an early jazz pioneer, and the attic where we shot part of the story was used as a bunkhouse for workers who built the Bonnet Carré spillway, completed in 1931, that prevents New Orleans from being underwater.
In terms of styling, they were predominantly inspired by the house itself: the model became a character somewhere between Dickens’ Miss Havisham and the ghost of Zelda Fitzgerald, looking vaguely spectral and of another era while using modern fashion at the same time.
MODEL/STYLING: Ali McNally
SOCIAL: Instagram: @itsalimcnally
MUA: Brianne Jones
SOCIAL: Instagram: @theunknownjones
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