Did I miss something? This guy’s gotta be really big or something, right? Anyway, I’d never heard of Chadwick Tyler before, but upon seeing these photos here I immediately knew I had stumbled on something very significant. I looked him up, and his website contains these strange, haunting photographs. It’s as if he’s approaching things from a different angle – I’ve often heard of making what is ugly beautiful, but he seems more concerned with making the beautiful hideous, contorted, and undeniably ugly. The model’s look starved and savage. And yet. I’m in love.
These pictures remind me of the aesthetic that has fascinated me lately (or maybe forever) and has admittedly been popular lately. Rodarte springs to mind (in fact, one of his shoots features Rodarte designs) as well as Alexander McQueen. Musically, I am reminded of the darkly compelling melodies of Fever Ray AKA half of electronic duo The Knife. The two music videos she has released are among my favorites ever, mostly because they enhance rather than detract from the music. Here, the sinister “If I Had A Heart”:
Check out her video for “When I Grow Up” as well, it is equally effective.