Stendhal’s Sublimation is based in Toledo, my home city, located in Spain. Toledo is one of the richest cities
in culture and history, which inspired me for this shoot. I decided to use the culture, traditions, art and history
of the city to reflect a new contemporary vision of it.
While I was doing my research I found information about a very interesting fact called Stendlhal's Syndrome
which became one of the main ideas for the concept of the shoot. This syndrome happens by the
acomulacion of much artistic beauty in one place. This disease comes with anxiety, dizziness and
breathlessness because of the direct contact with artistic beauty in cities. After I found this I associated
directly with Toledo due to is one of the most visited cities in the world and everyday all the tourists are
expose to the beauty and art that this city offers. The tourists can suffer this overdose and experiment the
symptoms which is the narrative the model expressed through the different scenes. For the styling I wanted to
represent traditional situations and elements of the history of Toledo mixed with the latest trends which I was
able to do with customisation being able to create some uniques looks.
For the imagery I tried something completely out of my comfort zone after I found an article in Vogue.com
explaining how they have created 3D printed, miniature dolls of Karlie Kloss which they wanted to use as
the model for a new fashion editorial. I created my own dolls of my model and I photographed them in
different locations and backgrounds around the city. For the final result of the layout I experimented with
collages, handcraft techniques and positioning of layers in order to find a new balance between innovation
and creativity of my personal vision.
Styling, Creative Direction and Photography Caterina Ospina, MUA and Hair Fanny Buitrago, Model: Marta
Ochando, Assistant: Jorge Agudo.
The idea for Obsessive Crush started after I found a Spyglass in a vintage market. After researching the spyglass using it and brainstorming, the direction for the shoot came across inmediately. This shoot was mainly inspired by how accessable all the personal information and data is in our society and how difficult is to control privacy and intimacy around us in any time or place. In preparation for the shoot I researched heavily in cctv, surveillance and stalkers taking main inspiration from the movie Roar Window (1954) and the famous book 1984 by George Orwell. Also some techiniques and facts from famous spies like Mata Hari and Josephine Baker.
The main character has an instant crush and starts follow his victim everywhere like his own shadow. She goes out of control, acting like a proffesional stalker, what makes her do crazy things.
This project was created to show a critical issue about how beauty and perfection nowadays are implanted in fashion through photoshop and perfect models sometimes even if we are not concious about it and it is seen as the new normal. Perfection is not real, it is an illusion that makes some people insecure and feel they don’t fit in. For this project I decided to street cast six models from different cultures with exclusive experiences and insecurities about a specific feauture in their faces that they would like to change or improve. During the World War One masks were used to cover facial injuries/imperfections I wanted to reflect features that individuals would like to change and at the same time show how important it is to reinforce diversity and individuality because we are all different but pressured by the media society as a wholewith regards to our looks .This editorial would fit in I-D magazine because the aesthethic of it is not restricted by age, shape, skin-tone, size or body difference. They celebrate individuality and normalise difference.
Using designer Alex Mullins as a reference for paint on clothes I decided to customise all the pieces I used for the shoot with different techniques and paints of different colours representing specific moods and symbols for each model. For the make up as I wanted to exagerate some feautures I applied bold lines akin to Pop Art and also reflecting Keith Haring’s work.
Styling and Creative Direction: Caterina Ospina, Photographer: Hazel Whittall, MUA: Andrea Antonescu,
Models: Pin Yin, Matt Whittall, Tayeb, Julien Poitenraud, Diego Ospina and Kemar.
In America during the 70’s, one of the most remarkable facts in history was the Second Wave of feminism. Whilst I was analysing the Feminist movement of the period, I discovered that in the 70’s there was a Miss America protest in Atlanta. A revolution against how society forced women to take seriously the most ludicrous beauty standards, the obsession with youth and the insistence that
women needed to be both sexual and pure among other issues. I decided to use this occurrence as inspiration for this piece of work as I think this reveals and defines what women were trying to express through the freedom movement they were living. For the concept I interpreted and portrayed the idea of the typical beauty contest with a new feminist twist, with the mood of the period the
grievance of the womens principles they were fighting for in the area of the beauty pageants and the importance of equality. The narrative is about a young American girl who decides to pursue her dream of success in a beauty pageant. It reflects the negative aspects of these contests and is indicative about women’s rights and values in society trying to demonstrating another perspective not as well known in some cases. The result is a fashion publication made as a vintage catalogue with six different scenarios and situations which reflects actions and some traditions typical of the contest.The layout and the format are inspired by the original 70’s catalogues from Miss America beauty pageants. I tried to preserve the American inspiration by adding patriotic symbols and retro
Styling and Creative Direction: Caterina Ospina, Photographer: Hazel Whittall, Photographer
Assistant: Gabrielle Olivia, MUA: Andreea Antonescu, Hair: Janie-Lee Hodgkinson, Model: Lucy
Physick, Assistant: Alex McKevit, Videographer: Conor Clarke.
One of my favourite shoots to ever style, develop and create was this Mexican inspired shoot. Having always appreciated the latin american culture - especially because I have half of my family there, I wanted to bring that unique, vibrant, exotic lifestyle into a complete different atmosphere like England to create an original contrast between cultures. The starting point came after my mum told me about a mexican subculture called Cholas who are girls influenced by hip-hop, and sometimes associated with gangs. The chola look itself is geared around the hair, but extends to the following: dark lipliner with a lighter lipstick and cat-eye glasses seen lately in some catwalks like Givenchy and DKNY. As they are
always represented in a very masculine and using oversize style I made a twist representing them as thenew version, more femenine using floral dresses with volumes and very colorful fabrics inspired by the traditional Mexican clothes. The narrative is the day of a Chola in England which I represented selecting
traditional, famous activities and facts like drinking tea, eating fish and chips and the telephone boxes.
Styling and Creative Direction: Caterina Ospina, Photographer: Hazel Whittall, MUA: Sophie, Hair: Janie-Lee Hodgkinson, Model: Stephanie Leeson, Clothing: Latoya Fairclough, Assistant: Georgia Alfie.
Still Life inspired by the lifestyle of the Milan-based fashion editor of L'Uomo Vogue Magazine.
Styling, Creative Direction and Photography Caterina Ospina
MODEL- Sniedze Ignate
STYLING- Fran Scott, Sandija Sadovska, Caterina Ospina Buitrago
PHOTOGRAPHY- Sandija Sadovska
MAKE UP- Sandija Sadovska
EDIT- Dima Kalenda, Sandija Sadovska