Louis Vuitton has just announced the latest in the series of ‘Double Exposure’, an innovative digital film project that encapsulates one of the world’s oldest and most authentic image making techniques with contemporary on-line distribution.
The second sitting features globally renowned actress Thandie Newton, star of numerous international Hollywood blockbusters including The Pursuit of Happyness, W and Crash, as well as television series such as ER.
‘Double Exposure’ reveals two facets of each individual subject. Firstly, personal insights captured on film, via some treasured possessions relating to memories and stories. The second is a photographic exposure brought to life in a uniquely sophisticated portrait.Inspired by Louis Vuitton’s belief in embracing the contemporary and avant-garde, whilst respecting and supporting authentic craftsmanship, the project invites cultural innovators and creative leaders: artists, filmmakers, and performers to sit for an individual portrait using the 19th century collodion wet plate photographic process.
Of the experience Thandie Newton says, “The images really take you into the heart of history itself. To parallel that we’re getting into the history of me through the items I’ve chosen. One of the things about these photographs is the layers of meaning. Each picture is so unique so it just creates this desire to be my most essential self.”
In addition to the bespoke photographic wet plate images – each of which is a ‘one off’, ‘Double Exposure’ also documents the sitter with some of their most treasured personal objects. Once again these possessions are emotional memoirs.
In this second ‘Double Exposure’, Thandie Newton shares an intimate and diverse collection of belongings, including a touching object created by her eldest daughter Ripley, a painting from her childhood which symbolises iconic memories from her youth and her passport – a vital component to Thandie’s life and career.
The film also outlines a thoughtful value system that shows us that luxury objects do not have to hold significant monetary value in order to be priceless to their owner – it is the importance of personalisation and provenance that are clearly evident.
The film and images from the second ‘Louis Vuitton Double Exposure’ with Thandie Newton goes live today on the Louis Vuitton Facebook page and can also be seen on worldwide social media networks and online press and video platforms.
Special screenings will also take place at Louis Vuitton’s Bond Street Maison in London as part of tonight’s Vogue’s Fashion Night Out.