I first met photographer Christian Blanchard when I was a baby illustrator and was asked to illustrate for a Mimco campaign that he had photographed, since then I have watched with admiration as his photographic style has evolved, finding him named one of Australia's top fashion photographers. Last night I attended the launch of his film and exhibition Spirit Queen as part of the VAMFF cultural program, this series sees his work take a slightly darker path exploring themes of mythology, life, death and our relationship to the earth, all of course in a most fashionable manner. The exhibition includes a ten minute film and eight large scale giclee canvas prints - the finishing is what I particularly enjoy, reminiscent of Italian Vogue editorials each image is rich with emerald tones and layered texture. I would definitely recommend taking a look.

Spirit Queen runs from March 14th - 19th Yarra Gallery Federation Square Melbourne.

Photographs - Christian Blanchard  /  Styling - Bec Cole  /