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Inspired by old Hollywood and photographs from the 1950s, actor Brendan Scannell and photographer Julian Buchan set out to reimagine what "queer 1950s" would look like. "I wanted to create this fictional 1950s story where I was rewriting history, and Brendan, Jamee, and Toni were the Hollywood leads we never got to see," Julian said. "The color palettes were directly inspired by the old technicolor coloring process, where the film resembled painting more than photography, and offered a heightened reality and a sugary escapism."
Art director Liam Moore further added about the concept behind the shoot:
"Spearheaded by the likes of photographers James Bidgood and Pierre et Gilles, our aim was to create worlds that evoked pure kitschy melodrama. An expansive gay fantasia that allowed us to capture some hazy snapshots of our collective outlook. I'm consistently trying to push hyperreal settings in my work, and luckily with this group of people I was able to fulfill that desire to a degree that I'm too often denied. The result is a vision in glorious technicolor -- a vivid and saturated world we manifested in order to inject our lives with some escapism. "
Scroll through to check out the portraits from this beautiful series, featuring queer actors Scannell (one of the leads in the Heathers reboot) and Antonio Marziale (the gay romantic interest in the new Netflix feature Alex Strangelove), as well as Jamee Jones, the stylist from the shoot and an organizer of LA's queer nightlife scene.
Hair and Makeup by Jennifer Panelli