Mert & Marcus – What Lies Beneath
by Alice Byrne
When I got my hands on the latest issue of Love Magazine, I couldn’t really believe just how incredible this fashion editorial was. Shot by Mert & Marcus (they are all over the latest issue of Love), these photographs are darkly romantic, and full of artistic and historical references. The series features a large model cast, comprised of Lara Stone, Mariacarla Boscono, Saskia de Brauw, Kristen Mcmenamy, Anais Pouliot, Guinevere van Seenus and Xiao Wen Ju.
This editorial is as beautiful as it is disturbing. It is sort of car crash meets underwater bondage, and swans. It is also worth pointing out that this editorial is huge, there are 46 pages of images overall. These photographs evoke memories of the Woodpecker series by Jeff Bark, from 2007. Editorials that glorify violence or morbid themes are always going to be controversial, yes, the photographs are haunting, but they are very beautiful, and I think it is a really fantastic editorial by Mert & Marcus.
Mert & Marcus and Katie Grand (editor-in-chief of Love) make a great team, and this collaboration shows just why. In such a vast editorial, it is difficult to outline the stand out images. Certainly Lara Stone laying back in the water surrounded by lily-pads is one. As well as this, I think the underwater photographs shot by the crashed car are all incredible, seriously haunting, but seriously beautiful.