“Women think of all colours except the absence of colour. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.” Coco Chanel
The road took a last curve and then it was disappearing completely into the landscape, making the impression that you were on the road to nowhere…
Exactly this feeling occurred, while shooting on this special and lonesome setting. There´s something serene about places like this. Places where no one hardly ever comes…
Next to the riverbank of the Rhine in the town of Bad Säckingen you can find this lonely tower, overlooking the valley and the mighty river. It is part of a Chateau, which is nowadays a museum. But there is more to it than just that.
There is this beautiful love story of a young and brave woman called Maria Ursula von Schönau, who lived in this specific Chateau in the 17th century.
She fell madly in love with a fine young man, who wasn´t of her status. Still they were determined to marry, although she had to withstand her family and lost her heritage because of this decision.
I chose an outfit with a very classical and quite aristocratic looking pattern, which was blending in, in this wonderful location and story so well.
Feeling a little melancholic during the shoot, imagining the young Maria Ursula wandering through the gardens, torn between her family and her love and in the end decided to follow her heart.
Our shooting location and atmosphere remembered me so much on a place I read about and that somehow stayed in my mind.
The ancient Greeks believed in a final resting place for the souls of heroes and virtuous men: The Elysian Fields. A conception of the afterlife for those, chosen by the gods, where they would remain after death, to live a blessed and happy life.
We shot these pictures just around 4 weeks ago, at the end of a very warm autumn day. And had kind of a magical time… soaking in the last golden sunlight, feeling the soft blowing wind in the hair and hearing the sound of the grasses.
It made me feel just as happy and free as I imagine the souls of those ancient greek heroes may feel in the Elysian Fields…