The London photographer and Detroit-born model create surreal suburban looks for Document Online.
Jazzelle Zanaughtti isn’t a typical beauty muse and she’s hardly a one-way conduit for others’ ideas. In a polaroid-style shoot with photographer Louie Banks, Jazzelle embodies a series of off-kilter archetypes aptly described by Louie as “floating from hoodrat pickpocket to Italian wise guy to gas station chic,” a Middle-America-on-acid revision of the underground London subcultures Louie has been drawn to since he was a kid. Louie met Jazzelle in London a couple of years ago while vintage shopping with Brooke Candy in Brick Lane, and Jazzelle usually ends up crashing in his bed when she’s in town for fashion work—Louie even shot her at his place for her big Candy cover story.
For the photographer and the model, creativity isn’t a perfectly detailed moodboard, but a willingness to scrap every idea on it after drinking bottles of wine, hitting a joint, and forgetting about the concept of time. “When Jazzelle and I shoot together it’s always pretty chilled,” he tells Document. “There’s usually a loose plan or direction and we just play around and see what works. It’s a refreshing change from being in a huge studio or on location with a team of 50 and a strict schedule, much more laid back, and we usually end up shooting until the wee hours of the morning.” Jazzelle did her own makeup and threw on a few Pablo Kuemin wigs. “I love shooting with Louie because anything goes really,” she says. “I always feel so comfy expressing ideas and actually having them heard. He knows what he wants and he knows how to make it happen! Typical night shooting is a bottle of wine, a pack of fags, a big mess of makeup, and loud music of all kinds.” They sometimes clash over the music, Louie admits, but usually end up cuddling in bed “like an old married couple.”