PERRY ELLIS / ENCENS n°25 – 2010

photo-6‘Perry owned a modest bungalow on a deserted island which overlooked the ocean. Twice a year, he chartered his private plane, and I would go with my Leica and a small bag. Never an assistant. Perry had complete confidence in me, but he was uncompromising on what colour the water should be. Not too turquoise, nor too pretty. This was always a part of the shoot which caused me grief : there was no Photoshop at that time. Furthermore, I had to constantly keep consulting his sketches before firing the shutter. He litterally flooded them with notes – ‘jacket buttoned ALWAYS’, ‘hands ALWAYS in pockets’. By Erica Lennard