For the second chapter of our TALC supplement, Edward Vince, Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director of the magazine, shares more behind-the-scene outtakes exclusively for Allday. This time, he reveals his pictures and thoughts about the characters (human or objects) featured in the TALC x VHS video, and discusses the "pornification of culture" phenomenon.
Who is Emily Agnes, your first issue cover's star?
She was a new model when we shot her but we thought she was beautiful, smart and really determined to succeed in the industry so we were really happy to work with her. She has since become a Playboy model and was featured in an exact rip-off -- almost carbon copy -- of our centrefold shoot we did with Seren in the Memphis shoot. I guess we should be flattered...
Why did you use a VHS approach for this film? Do you think vintage is sexier?
We tried hard to not be totally retrospective with this first issue whilst at the same time making sure that we were clear about our references and influences that made TALC possible. There is definitely something incredibly sexy about old format media, print is of course inherently sexy, as it is tactile, but there is something so alluring but at the same time seedy about VHS. I think a whole generation grew up with it and so it conjures up a lot of memories and feelings for those viewers.
When you say "[the film] shows her examining the functionality of various furnitures" do you mean she is making love to the furniture?
We don’t mean making love in such a literal sense but we certainly do mean that she was getting comfortable on these pieces of furniture. The day bed is incredibly accommodating.
How did the idea of having girls naked interacting with rare piece of vintage furniture come across, is it the whole concept of TALC?
The whole concept of TALC is based around the idea of the "pornification of culture" as we discussed in our centrefold essay. By that we mean the potential to be aroused or excited by a piece of furniture or a work of art as much as you would be by the naked female form. It is something we have explored throughout the first issue with different pieces including cars and watches as well as furniture and interiors. Ultimately it is about creating visual stimulus.
Why did you choose this GE 258 day bed, what do you like about it?
We chose the GE 258 daybed as it is an iconic piece of furniture designed by Danish master Hans J Wegner in 1954, someone known for helping to establish the mid-century modern style we still lust after today. It was also a day bed designed for students and we loved the idea of shooting Emily on it as she was just starting out her career.