Just before the Corona crisis, I was photographing in Vienna. While I have been living and working in Los Angeles for twenty years, my original home town is Vienna. I still remembered many places and I wanted to photograph a story in least at some of them.
One of my favorite places is the garden next to the Imperial Court Theater, a labyrinth of small paths shooting of wider walkways. At the heart of this entangled web of poetic wandering is the Theseus temple, built in antique Greek style. A row of baroque houses frames the garden and contrasting the old trees with the classic architecture.
Winter in Vienna
Towards the Ring Boulevard there is the rose garden. Rose bushes of all sorts are standing there in a row like the old emperor’s guard. As the temperatures in winter always drop below freezing, the gardeners dress the rose bushes, wrap them into rough cloth.
In their cloth uniform they are waiting for the spring to come. That’s where I photographed Angelina, a model from Wiener Models, one of Vienna’s best agencies.
The Imperial Guard of the Roses
She was to join the Imperial guard of rose bushes, and step out of line like their commanding sergeant. It was very cold that day, so cold I had to warm up my fingers in between – as a true Californian I do not own gloves.
But the cold was inspiring Angelina to move swiftly in order to keep warm. And we did a warming phase, followed by one minute of shooting.
A fashion story photographed in a poetic and historically charged location in Vienna, Austria
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