Aquaphobia: by Debora Spanhol Ivankio

Debora Spanhol by WUL Magazine
 
 

Interview by

Stasia Khmelnitski

Photography by

Debora Spanhol Ivankio

Fashion by

Luma Kleis

Retouch

Jestudio

Model

Yuan at IZAIO Management

 

Debora Spanhol Ivankio is a fashion photographer from Berlin. Debora’s work is edgy, over the top, screaming, noticeable yet feminine and soft. The beauty of the shoot comes to reveal the character who stands under the spotlights, the strength in a perfect imbalance to the weakness.

The editorial ‘Aquaphobia’ as it appears from the title and the real story behind the shoot is a genuine fear of water around which the photoshoot evolved.

 
 
 
 
Jumper by  Wrangler , skirt by  Topshop , loafers by  Miu Miu , socks by  Mango
 
Debora Spanhol by WUL Magazine
 
 
 

What is the story behind this shoot?

Ok, I will try to speak about this shooting. I don’t like to do that, but this editorial has a good history!

 

When I was creating it, I imagined something lighter, more peaceful. But when Yuan entered the bathtub everything changed because she had a relationship of fear with the water, she had agony, the water could not enter her ear, and not even be close to her face.

This could have been terrible and end the shooting, but this was one of the truest editorials I've ever done. In the fashion photography market, most of the time it's all fake, a story created, a character the model has to be. While this one was real. I forgot the concept I imagined, and simply photographed the vibe of the model, it was wonderful, real, I loved it. I wish everyone would have an experience like this.

 
 
 
Suit by  Zara , t-shirt at  Urban Outfitters , Coat is  Vintage Burberry's , scarf is vintage, earrings  Topshop
 
 
 
 

"I forgot the concept I imagined, and simply photographed the vibe of the model, it was wonderful, real, I loved it. I wish everyone would have an experience like this".

 
 
 
Suit by  Zara , t-shirt at  Urban Outfitters , Coat is  Vintage Burberry's , scarf is vintage, earrings  Topshop
Suit by  Zara , t-shirt at  Urban Outfitters , Coat is  Vintage Burberry's , scarf is vintage, earrings  Topshop
 

When thinking of the location at which point did you have in mind shooting in a tub?

 

"Honestly, I loved that bathtub, and I was moving house, so I thought, I want to take a picture here before I leave".

 
 
 

What are your guidelines for retouching the work? What is important for you?

I hate editing my photos, but I always edit because I never find someone who understands my vibe.

I do not like much retouch, I like the photo looking natural, especially the skin of the model.

This shooting was the first time I worked with @jestudio.eu , and I really liked it, we made necessary adjustments, but we managed to leave it 'natural', I think, hahaha.

 
 
 
Jacket and trainers:  Zara Man , striped top by  Weekday , vintage smoking-shirt, curdory trousers by  Story FMG , tie:  Vintage Yves Saint Laurent , earrings by  Topshop
 
 
 

How do you prefer working on set, is there any music playing?

 

"I prefer to work in silence, but I know that models feel better with music, so I usually photograph with music, the music that the model prefers. In this shooting, I photographed without music".

 
 
Debora Spanhol by WUL Magazine
 
Dress, socks and shoes by  Zara . Jacket is vintage, belt by  Topshop
 
 
 
Debora Spanhol by WUL Magazine