Paul Giggle is the founder of the 12 Natural Wonders series, and it was because of this series, we first stumbled upon him and his work.
As we have already covered the basics, we are going straight to the focus of this piece, Paul’s 12 Natural Wonders series…
MalenDyer: What inspired you to begin the 12 Natural Wonders series?
Paul Giggle: 12 Natural Wonders was a project I first thought of back in 2012. After being a collector of the Pirelli Calendar, I decided to pursue my own legacy with a collection of 144 images to be taken over 12 years.
PG: The idea really was to document the different cultural differences of each country and shooting 12 models for each series in 12 countries over 12 years. Obviously the cost of such a project would frighten most artists, but so far I am onto my fifth this year – when I will be traveling back to London.
MD: The latest 12 Natural Wonders focuses on the Russian Ballet. What was the inspiration behind the ballet theme and who inspired you?
PG: Russia had to be ballet for me. I love the grace and beauty of the ballet and which Russia obviously has a deep rooted history. For this series, I studied many ballet and dance photographs but seemed to get a little bored with just the dance and the harsh lighting. So I started to study master painters, such as [Edgar] Degas. The quality of light, compositions and tonal qualities of his paintings inspired the series…
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