Young film photographer Katja Marr recently photographed the lookbook for über cool Cape Town vintage store Vintage and the City. The resulting images are a mixture of 90s high school fashion and street wear grunge. There’s a sense of youthful rebellion to the styling in a mixture of contrasting textures: faux fur, velvet, denim and knit. Big jackets and fluffy coats cover short skirts and bare legs. Model Nastassja van der Merwe’s doll-like features are as luminescent as the silver polyester jacket she dons, her nose ring disrupting the sort of girl-next-door image created. In one outfit she looks like a Spice Girl, dressed in metallic with a fluffy purple backpack, and in the next she’s a goth with black boots and an ornate choker, showcasing Vintage an the City’s array of distinct pieces found in their shop on Long Street.
As for photographer Katja Marr, she brings her usual playful, girlish aesthetic to the images, balancing edginess with femininity. All Katja’s images are shot on film, her medium of choice. At the age of 16 she received her first film camera as a gift and immediately fell in love. For her, film photography is about craft and process. She says: nothing compares to the thrill of capturing a shot on film, getting it processed and the satisfaction of having taken a worthwhile photo. She also appreciates film for its “ability to mimic the eye” capturing colours and light in an honest way that digital cameras sometimes miss. This is translated in the stark lighting and sense of intimacy in these candid shots.
Find more of Katja’s images on her site.
Find Vintage and the City at 287 Long Street, Cape Town.