Marie and Josh share a love of literature, so where better place to start their shoot than among the heaving shelves of The Paperback Bookstore on Melbourne’s Bourke Street. The bookish beaus made the perfect muses for photographer Julia Archibald, who favours a ‘day in the life’ approach.
“I’m about strengthening the memory of young love as it is,” she says, having followed the playful pair through their cherished haunts. “Marie and Josh told me how they love visiting this bookstore after a night out together in the city – super cute.”
A hop, skip and short tram ride found them in the graffiti-riddled laneways of the inner-north. “We like to spend afternoons drinking coffee or nights out in the area,” says Marie of Fitzroy’s Gertrude and Smith Streets, “it felt fitting to shoot in places we love.”
Although on familiar footing, she and Josh were a little camera shy. “Neither of us really knew what we were doing,” Marie confesses, “and that was okay. Julia guided us in a really relaxed way and we were really happy with the results.”
The fun-loving photographer likes her subjects in their natural habitat. “I feel like the shoot should reflect them as much as possible,” she says. “It will be awesome to look at these images in twenty years and be taken back to the spots from the early stages of their relationship.”
Images Julia Archibald |