Tight, uncomfortable, constricting luxury clothes a married couple. The power of wealth confines a women as she sits like stone, bored next to her older powerful partner. Across the room she glimpses a man. Fantasy & desire overcome her. The stranger & the heroine embrace passion & a fierce lust as they travel around the restaurant in total disregard of those around them. As the passion subsides the women appears back at her table & back next to the jail from which she escaped. Was this pure fantasy? Did this passionate encounter occur? Does she still look beautiful? Either way each person in the story loses something because of their ugliness.
J. Matthew Riva, art director, came up with the concept for the shoot named “Her Story.” We were tasked with creating a unique story on what is ugly for Creem Magazine’s “Questionable Taste” issue. Our idea was to show ugliness on an internal level rather than an external level, which we felt has a larger impact on one appearing ugly than any surface level imperfection.
– Morgan Miller
Creem Magazine “Her Story” Crew Credits: Photography by Morgan Miller (www. MorganMillerPhoto.com / www.MorganMillerArt.com), Modeling by Amy Hixson (Supreme), Kolt Victor (NY Models) and Konstantin, Art Direction by J. Matthew Riva (MÎSTER), Styling by Lauren Matina, Hair by Franco Della Grazia, Make-up by Paul Innis (Maxine Tall Management), Production by Severine Manuel, Photo-Assistance by Dobrin Marchev & Tiana Anderson, Short Film by Bell Soto, Behind-the-scenes Video by Toni Vega & Andrea Urbinati, Location: La Villette Restaurant (10 Downing Street, NYC), Extras: Special thanks to Angelo Peruzzi, Do Young Lee, Sequoia Armstrong, Nabeel Minhaj, Kennedy, Estelle Waldeck and Jessie Rix.