Woman In Black- One sad thing about UAE is that it doesn’t have such scenery- the old buildings from last century, which can create an atmosphere worth a movie shoot. While writing this post I realised how dumb of me was not to make a full shot just of this incredible building from pre-revolution Russia! Yeah, like 1910s if not earlier! But no matter, I am sure this building never thought it would end up on the internet anyway. Let this post be a little tribute to it.
As you may know from my previous Call Of The Wild post, I was visiting my bestfriend Sonia in her hometown of Gus-Khrustalny, which translates as “Crystal Goose”. This town used to home talented crystal masters, which provided crystal decor for centuries! But as with everything nowadays, hand-made intricate craftsmanship is dying out and it is sad.
Anyway, on the first day of my arrival we went for a walk when I stopped in my tracks staring at this 3-floor building…Broken windows, with turquoise wooden frames, faded egg-shell paint, shabby roof in a shape of a tent or a triangle top with engraved wooden hangers. People were evacuated from there recently as conditions became too unbearable for living (No Shit!). Preparations for demolition were going on, and all interiors were burned and destroyed.
It was a petty sight with some creepiness to it- darkness starring out of the windows, with broken pieces of glass reflecting a bit of sky for one last time.
It was creepy and dangerous in a way, but I knew I had to use this poor old building destined to be put down to rest. Hours before I had to leave, Sonia braided my hair, let me borrow her black ICONIC dress and folk silver earrings from Yemen, and took the role of the amazing photographer that she is.
My inspirations came from The Woman In Black, 2012 movie, and my favourite American Horror Story series, therefore, I wanted to make the whole scene both vintage and mysterious. The hairstyle helped a lot- the symmetrical twisted braids added that pre-revolution Ruski flare to the look. I also wore my NastyGal bodysuit under the dress, to add a bit of lace and sleeve to the ensemble.
Regarding the make-up- this time I decided to ditch my black eye-liner, just adding some mild eyeshadow, turning all the focus to the lips and eyebrows. When I saw the photos I was glad to see how unintrusive yet present the make-up looked.
When we were done, I was sad knowing that I will never see this building again, and right on queue, next day Sonia Whatsapped me an ugly sight of rubble, slightly recognizable from the sticking out turquoise frames…
I am wearing:
Lace Bodysuit worn under- NastyGal
Lipstick- MAC Russian Red