United in Love is the first joint venture from former international model turned photographer Natalie Goldstein and Simon Docherty, leading music and media executive and music publisher. Featuring twelve monumental photographic works in two sizes, in limited editions of 12.
Natalie’s influence from Helmut Newton and Herb Ritts can clearly be seen with the portrayal of muscular, athletic bodies in monumental poses. Yet tempered with her own innate style, as can be seen with use of natural fibres, feathers and body art to enhance and shield the body at the same time. The images have more than a hint of David Bowie in his Aladdin Sane period, as well as the superheroes from Marvel Comics; perhaps we need superheroes to fight the growing refugee crisis.
The theme of unity is further emphasised by the body art created by Pixie Lawrie and her team, who have transformed these healthy, athletic dancers from the Royal Ballet, the Conservatoire de Paris and the English National Ballet into androgynous silver creatives, devoid of race, colour or creed and solely identified by the national flags that adorn them.
The United in Love art and fashion project is to raise awareness of the plight of the orphaned children, as well as the displaced adults, who slip through the cracks in the international refugee camps, often becoming victims of the ever-burgeoning humanitarian crisis. A percentage of the sales will be donated to stand alone projects in key refugee camps in more than 40 countries at the grass roots level, working with charities such as the International Rescue Committee, run by David Milliband.
The national flags of the USA, the UK, Russia, Germany and France have been chosen in this first exhibition to illustrate the international unity needed to achieve a permanent solution to this human tragedy. In addition, their message of needing to stand together to help is seen in the United in Love images.