Between The Constructed And The Natural

New York City-based fine art photographer Sofia Colvin’s captivating series, ‘To Make A Mirror’ combines her interests in fashion, nature and photography in an exploration of the self within the natural environment.

Colvin begins by scouting her breathtaking locations online before working with designers to sketch and construct the garments she creates for each place, to which she travels to to photograph herself. Speaking of the idea behind the project, Colvin explains, “I have to conform. Nature is indifferent to suffering, yet I turn to it for answers that I may not receive. I must seek them myself. ‘To Make A Mirror’ is a photography series that explores the self and environments that represent the otherworldly, incomparable and sublime.

By designing and having garments constructed for each location, I bridge the gap between the natural world and fashion. I do not venture into these landscapes in search of civilization, but to take a moment for myself, a quiet, meditative time to reflect and understand my role. By blending into the environments I vanish just as I ask to be looked at […] I don’t venture into these desolate lands in search of human life, but instead I stay in place, allowing a quiet moment to be one with the world around me.”

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All images © Sofia Colvin

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