Photographer Lois Cohen and stylist Indiana Roma Voss are two Amsterdam-born creatives whose collaborations combine fiction and reality to stunning effect. The pair, who have known each other since childhood, collaborated for the first time to create their portrait series Local Angels, a joyful documentation of Amsterdam’s ‘underground eccentrics’. Featuring various street cast characters, some real, others enhanced with the help of Voss’ styling, the series celebrates the colourful individuals who wear their unique quirks on the outside.
While Local Angels celebrates those refusing to conform to societal standards, their subsequent series Metamorphosis focuses on the male gaze and society’s narrow representations of female beauty. The series, featuring recognisable female archetypes throughout history, from religion to pop culture, examines the prevailing stereotypes and body ideals which have been imposed on women through the ages. Cohen explains, “With Metamorphosis we wanted to break barriers, specifically surrounding female beauty. Within each image of the series we tried to touch upon one or more stereotypes.”