Snapshot: Water & Oil

Kristen McMenamy x Vogue Italia (Aug10)
[shot by Steven Meisel; styled by Karl Templer]

I've been reluctant to post this editorial until now; it's something about this that I just don't feel right about. The images are disturbing, yet inspired; haunting, yet profound. Stating the obvious, this references the recent BP Oil Spill incident; what isn't made quite as obvious is the editorial's intentions. Steven Meisel is an incredibly talented photographer who's images often illicit emotion, and sometimes seek to promote a particular opinion/agenda. This however, could be seen as a very powerful message, or as a ploy to sell magazines; now do you see my inner conflict? There's nothing fashionable about this; you can barely see the clothing. Kristen McMenamy conjures up images of oil-drenched pelicans and dying seals, not the etheral goddess she usually portrays. One thing can be said for sure, this is one of those editorials that sticks in your mind for days, and I will definitely be picking this up when it hits newstands stateside.

Complete editorial + behind-the-scenes featurette after the jump...

[pics via TFS]

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