Cicatrize (ˈsɪkəˌtraɪz) -
to find healing by the process of forming scars
The floorboards under her soles are rough, making it easy to imagine all the feet that have worn them down through the many years the old farmhouse has seen. As she plays with the gauzy curtain, she imagines the women who have stood at this window waiting for a loved one to return or wishing to escape to the world beyond. She feels an intimacy with the space, recognizing her own wounds and the time it has taken to heal them. There is beauty in both her own scars and the scars of the house, reminding her that without pain there is no opportunity for joy.
This session took place in the romantic and perfectly worn farm house at Cuffey's Cove Ranch. The soft natural light, warm air and candle light all helped bring stylist Ginny Au's vision to life. Ginny works by choosing a word to set the tone of each of her projects. This session was about cicatrization, which is the healing of wounds through the formation of scars.
Photographer Lauren Kurc graciously shared her thoughts on Ginny’s vision and the impact of the setting on the project as a whole with us:
The historic farmhouse at Cuffey's Cove was in the midst of experiencing a restoration but several rooms were still existing in their original state. The old floorboards, large windows and plaster walls all spoke of the past and made you imagine all the stories that the environment holds. It made for a very romantic and emotional setting.
I like to focus on subtle gestures that show emotion or tell a story. I think these soft movements and quiet moments can show more honesty and vulnerability than something that shows more skin. Shooting film gave me the opportunity to slow down and really be a part of the emotion depicted in these images. I love that the soft diffused light, draping fabric and the peaceful quiet allowed the model to focus on stillness, subtle gestures and really evoke the special energy that existed in the old historic farmhouse where the shoot took place.
We want to thank Lauren and Ginny for sharing this thoughtful session with us. We are inspired by both the gorgeous images and the idea that there is beauty in scars because of the healing they represent.
Photography: Lauren Kurc // Design & Styling: Ginny Au // Hair & Makeup: Mimi and Taylor // Lingerie: Gossamer Vintage // Location: Cuffey's Cove Ranch // Linens: 12th Table All images photographed by Lauren Kurc Photography at the Erich McVey Workshop in Elk, California