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Jamie Morgan: Edge of Darkness

Photographer Jamie Morgan took to the woodlands at the edges of Hackney to shoot a story about rave culture — see the images exclusively, here

Recently, photographer Jamie Morgan and stylist Jack Appleyard took to the roaming peripheres of the Hackney Marshes, to shoot an editorial about ravers spotted in the forest like wild game.

See the images for the first time above, and here, Jamie tells us more about the concept:

“The shoot came about because I wanted to work with Jack Appleyard. I think he’s an exciting stylist from the new generation of creatives living and working in London today. He wanted to shoot in the forest near where he lives. In the forest they have illegal raves and he said you often see kids wandering around in the very early morning emerging from a night of raving. 

So this was the inspiration for our idea. To shoot new young models and street cast girls on the edge of the forest as if they were found wandering around after a night of Raving. Jack mixed old school 80’s designers 'Body Map’ with new designers and his eclectic styling ideas. Each girl has her own personalty, so even though I hope the story has unity, it also allows each girl her individual style.

It was actually a really hard shoot because it rained hard all night and we were out in the forrest in the darkness with not much protection, so the conditions where hard, but everyone pulled together so we still enjoyed it.

What I like about the images is that the girls are either shot in total darkness, so with flash that kind of catches them like animals caught in the night, or we shot them on the edge of light as the morning light comes up and this gives a beautiful painterly feeling. In a way a classic portrait, but with a contemporary subject.”

— Jamie Morgan

Hair Philippe Tholimet at Saint Luke Artists, make up Rebecca Wordingham at Saint Luke Artists, set design Dora Miller, models Louise Baillieu at Elite, Iris Dubois, Hannah Motler at Premier, Isabel Alsina at Nevs, Kea L at M+P Models, Niko Raim at Milk, photography assistants Ben Duah, Kristof Szentgyorgyvary, styling assistant Borys Korban, make up assistant Ben Dniprowskij, casting Noah Shelley at Streeters, production Serlin Associates