Sad Girl. The model sits on a candied cloud. Another crowns her head. The sadness amplified by cuteness, mint tears from the model’s eyes. A Tim Burton-esque depiction of sadness and beauty. The piece is pure pale, a faded rainbow. Photographer Shannon Brooke allows room in her images for the model’s own personality to come through while keeping her own alive in each image.
To call Brooke’s work sexy is the beginning of a longer conversation. It is dark and cinematic. Her work takes a dive into the visuals of the ’60s, of car culture — she takes the machismo inherent to her inspirations and allows the women, and herself, to reinvent it in their own image.