With an admiration for capturing the past and reinterpreting it through her unique lens,Calypso Mahieu’s photography blurs the boundaries between retro and contemporary.
Working between Paris and Lausanne, Calypso’s work is both elegant and erotic, with light at the heart of her photographs. Calypso first discovered photography through women’s magazines — she was fascinated by the light, the bodies and the attitudes rather than the fashion itself. As such, working around women, nudity and eroticism has become essential to her aesthetic.
The viewer is invited to dissect the extensive anecdotes and references to the past that are embedded in each image.
“The lighting is my way of transmitting an emotion, a feeling or an atmosphere in my photographs. It’s my secret weapon to tell stories.”
All images © Calypso Mahieu