Abigail, currently a Camden Town resident, is originally from the more exotic utopia of Milton Keynes; a city created in the 60s deliberately placed equidistant from London, Birmingham, Leicester, Oxford and Cambridge. I’ve never been, but per her and her fiancé Kassem’s description, I’m convinced it’s a real trip.
I met Abigail through Kassem Yassin (a prize winning poet), my long lost middle school classmate with whom I have not spoken in 11 years. Kassem and Abigail are pictured below, in their lovely Camden Town apartment, getting ready for the shoot.
It was cold and dreary that day – perfect for the look I was going for.
The temperature must have been very close to freezing. Look at how little she’s wearing. Being the brave Milton Keynes girl she is, she braced the cold without complaints. A sloane from London would have not stood a chance.
Very soon after we started shooting, it began to rain. I had to get this last shot, so we pressed on.
The following day, we did a shoot at Gordon’s Wine Bar – the oldest wine bar in London. The place looks like it hasn’t been touched in the last 100 years, and you’d walk right past it if you didn’t know about it. Abigail is a semi pro makeup artist, so she did her own:
The place is pretty much pitch dark, lacking any ambient lighting. This was good news for me, for at this point I’m fairly sick of using a softbox as my main light. I proceeded to experiment with candles.
You can see a newspaper clipping of the Queen in the background here:
On the other side of the bar, there’s a tunnel that allegedly was where the underground trains were turned around.
I’m utterly convinced that it was the Milton Keynesness that gave these shoots a special touch. Hopefully, I’ll soon make the pilgrimage to Milton Keynes, and write about it here.