Tuesday, September 8, 2009

High Fashion at Low Tide

It's 8:11 P.M. on a Tuesday night. It’s dark and silent. There's a cold, dead body-a single red shoe.

I am not embroiled in a Raymond Chandler boiler but rather the mysterious world of photographer, Melanie Pullen. Pullen is a self-taught photographer inspired by vintage crime scenes culled from the archives of the L.A.P.D.'s Coroner's Office. Ms. Pullen painstakingly re-creates crime scenes using models that lie listlessly on city streets and hauntingly hang from ceiling rafters. The model's exposed limbs hint at their heinous demise as well as a fashion sensibility bearing such name brands as Prada. Ms. Pullen has been profiled in the New York Times, Elle and Vogue Magazine and was mostly recently exhibited at the Ace Gallery in Los Angeles. Her photography series entitled High Fashion Crime Scenes is published by and available through Nazraeli Press.

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