Lush, bold sets in complementary hues provide the backdrop for Parisian-born, London-based photographer, stylist and publisher Olivia da Costa’s (b. 1974) vibrant compositions, which showcase her devotion to jewellery and the fashion accessory. Da Costa’s Please! magazine serves as a compendium of her exuberant vision – an unabashed and joyous celebration of loud, ostentatious style inspired by the grand dames of the art and design world, chiefly Paloma Picasso, Elsa Schiaparelli and Iris Apfel. The series inhabits a tropical pop paradise – a retro-futurist world of riotous colour and pattern, gold lamé, exotic creatures and verdurous palm fronds. Artifice is da Costa’s guiding principle: she plays with scale and perspective, deftly employing edible props as a focal point in drawing attention to metallic stilettos suspended at unnatural angles or the lustrous gleam of oversized gemstones. www.oliviadacosta.com.
Photographer Laurent Chehere records urban and residential spaces, tracing the city streets using both reportage and conceptual imagery.
The Next Generation
Aesthetica handpicks a fresh selection of promising young photographers, in partnership with London College of Communication.