I never knew how much I appreciated nature and how much it truly means to me until I moved to Malta, a tiny beige rock in the middle of Mediterranean sea with no real forests at all.
When I arrived to the island in August, the daily average temperature was somewhere around 27 Celsius or above and the land was barren; everything was dry and the lack of green was devastating.
You could see only few patches of green on certain places, where they were constantly watering the plants, like around the area of Tigne’ Point, where the outlook of the surroundings was more important than the practicality and costs.
The end of December, and almost all of January, the weather wasn’t really nice, with rain falling down almost every day, with temperatures looming somewhere below ten degrees Celsius. But at the same instant, when January ended and February started, the weather changed drastically to a better direction. So far Malta’s weather in February has reminded me of Finnish June. Ridiculously amazing. Oh, and so much green compared to Maltese summer. So awesome.
That was extremely lucky for the first Project L of 2017. Remember Janice from the 56h Project L? Well, her friend Daniela saw the pictures and wanted to take part in Project L. She had contacted me soon after we had the shoot with Janice, but my personal work stress postponed the possibility to have a shoot.
When I finally got back in touch with her after a month or even more of silence, Daniela was happy to take part in Project L. This was Daniela’s first contact to latex clothing, but to her it seemed to be just another fabric amidst of others.
But that’s how it should be. It is just a fabric.
To me it seems that Project L has really pushed through to somewhere I’ve never imagined it to be pushed. It’s pretty amazing to feel that you’ve accomplished something that’s changed so many people’s minds about something.
A latex dress combined to a denim jacket, a scarf, and tights really works out to represent the more everyday choice of wearing latex. Sure, it turned some heads, but only a couple – and those looks were more like “ooh, a shiny dress” in a positive way.
As usual, the behind the scenes and outtakes will be released few days later. Or a week later. Depends on how I really can arrange my time again. Not promising a video this time, though!
Don’t forget to check back, and if you haven’t seen the rest of everything, remember to check the previous Project Ls.
Follow Photour on Facebook:
Latex used in the project:
Black Kiera Dress by Libidex
Hi Tuomas and Daniela
realy nice images. And a really casual look (even if it is a latex dress). I also like the images in the forest, they have a great illumation. Even if the images are really different from finland, i also like them really.
I hope you will arange with the “tristes” in the summer months of the mediteranien area. I was in Malte /Gozo some years ago and hat a pleasent stay in spring. On this trip I visited a lighthouse on Gozo (near Wied Il Ghasri), perhaps this will be also a place for you to do some foto shooting in a “lost place” like style.
A question to the modells (or perhaps you). Is it easier to wear the latex in Finland or in Malta? In regards of the temperature or the people/surrounding. How well known is latex as a fabric to Maltese? Is it possible to get something in Malta or do you have to order from “over seas”?
Thank you for the lot of work and time you invest for this project. I hope you will find some models supporting your project on Malta.
Hi Maik, and thanks for your comments!
Perhaps wearing latex is a bit easier in Finland in the long run; the Maltese summer is very hot and rather long, so catsuits are really not a proper choice. Besides, sun’s UV rays are harmful to latex, so that has to be accounted for besides being comfortable. Then again, the Maltese winter is quite perfect for wearing latex; not too hot, but not too cold either. Unless it’s windy.
Finland wins in the long run because you still can wear latex during winter, as long as there’s a warm car nearby, as is evident from the 20th Project L, Too cold to shoot latex. Only the future will tell.
Latex as a fabric is not very known here, but there have been some occurrences where I’ve seen latex pop up. First one was this Japanese presenter for a casino slot at SiGMA ’16, who wore latex cosplay to represent a character in the said slot, and another was – and still is – Vanja from the 57th Project L, The vocalist in Marsaskala.
Haven’t seen latex being sold anywhere here, so I’ll just order from either UK or Germany, just like I did in Finland.
Excellent outfit and she wears it beautifully. Exactly what Project L is all about :)
I love your outfits. I have the same problem here in the U.S. of A.
have you heard of www. marilynlatex. com. (delete the spaces)
They make some beautiful outfits.
Wearing latex even if it is a fashionable outfit is not Acceptable.
Realy beautiful. Nice outfit. Thanks
That is a very interesting concept that you’re following, Tuomas. Not that I object the use of latex from an aesthetical point of view :-), I think that fashion (especially women’s fashion) cares too little about practicability and comfortability. Examples are high-heeled shoes or mens suits that are too warm in the summer. “Beauty is worth suffering for” is not an idea that I can identify with.
Which leads me to the question: Is there actually something practical about latex clothing (besides adding more variety to the wardrobe)? I could imagine it is protective against the weather, since it is waterproof…
I like the contrails in the last picture! Also shows that February in Malta is much nicer than here in Germany. Lucky you.
Hi Tuomas, I’ve been a follower for years now and your work, amongst others, has inspired me. There is no doubt about that. I’m avidly waiting your next post but I just wondered if you were finding it more difficult in Malta to get models, locations or whether the heat or the culture poses issues.
I understand getting a shoot together is demanding but I really hope you can make things work in this stunning location.
What’s up Tuomas? We haven’t seen any new updates (Behind the scenes 58?!) in 2 months, and no activity on Facebook for almost as long as well :(
That being said, I feel the need to finally express my approval of this shoot. It’s casual, it’s stylish, it’s a great way to wear latex together with other fabrics. Good job on the photos Tuomas, and also good job on the choice of clothes Daniela! [however, I would be lying if I said I would not have liked to see a photo without that jacket ;) ]
Both thumbs up! :)