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Annie & Peter – A roadtrip

Beautiful Person Annie Collinge takes a road trip with fashion designer Peter Jensen for her new exhibition that opens today. Part of a project funded by the Danish Arts Council, the pair travelled from Copenhagen to Logstor, photographing the local characters in Annie’s unmistakeable style.

Photography
ANNIE COLLINGE
Words
JAMES ANDERSON

Although Jensen has spent over half of his life living and working in London, he grew up in Logstor and his mother still lives there to this day. His initial idea for this project was to style and photograph family and familiar residents of Logstor, themed around the local gossip associated with them. Collinge originally hails from the UK and has not only brought a uniquely English perspective to this project, but also an array of carefully selected props and a familiarity with casting which enabled her to subtly direct these real-life ‘models’ in front of the camera.

Upon arrival at Logstor, it quickly became apparent that gossip and scandal was in rather short supply – or, at least, no one was willing to divulge any such salacious information.

So, this initial concept was promptly re-evaluated. Instead, Jensen and Collinge focused on exploring and accentuating the personalities, pastimes and aspirations of Jensen’s immediate family and those known to them in situations which felt ‘real’ and yet somewhat heightened. These include Jensen’s mother – an avid knitter – who was photographed with a knitted doll, wearing a purple tracksuit. His sister, meanwhile, who has long-held an unrealised ambition to be a florist, was captured in front of a mournful cascade of fallen roses. Johan, the great nephew of Jensen, symbolises the designer himself as a child, dressing up and looking somewhat melancholy.

An impromptu exhibition of these poignant-yet humorous small-scale images was then staged and documented at a local petrol station, in which Jensen arranged the works alongside a pile of Danish newspapers, in the toilet and upon the ground. This purposefully-humdrum location was chosen due to Jensen’s ongoing fascination with petrol stations – usually frequented for the purpose of purchasing petrol, sweets or, indeed, using the toilet.


Annie & Peter – A roadtrip
11o.cph, Tullinsgade 11, 1618 Copenhagen V.
29th August – 4th October 2019