ALEXIA SINCLAIR’S ‘FROZEN CASTLE’





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One of the world’s premier fine art photographers, Alexia Sinclair, recently completed a most beautiful and challenging photo shoot, ‘A Frozen Tale’, in a Royal Palace outside Stockholm, and takes us on a magical visual journey in this frozen castle, the 350-year old Skokloster Castle, left untouched since the 17th century.

 
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‘A Frozen Tale’ weaves a narrative around some of the famous visitors of Skokloster Slott, such as Queen Christina and Lorenzo Magalotti. Other more obscure figures portray the background scenes of castle life as the ghostly inhabitants caught in quiet moments.


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During the Swedish Age of Greatness in the mid 17th century, this majestic castle was built on Lake Mälaren, 80km from Stockholm, and is considered to be one the finest examples of baroque architecture in all of Europe and boasts vast collections of paintings, antiques, tapestries, weaponry and rare books. Queen Christina of Sweden was regularly seen visiting the powerful military commander at Skokloster Slott. Quite remarkably, the preserved interiors have remained untouched for over 300 years. An unmissable destination A-Gent of Style will be sure not to miss when he finally makes it to Stockholm.


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particularly enjoyed the anecdote behind this shoot. The Palace got in touch with Sinclair for permission to use one of her photographs in an exhibition about the life of Queen Christina of Sweden. Here’s how that email turned into an all-access-pass to a frozen wonderland:

“It was a very exiting invitation and of course”, recalls Sinclair. “We planned to travel to Sweden to attend the opening of this exhibition at the Royal Palace along with Swedish princesses and aristocracy. What a fairy tale! When I asked if I could photograph one of the princesses, they said “no… but we can give you a castle to do a photo-shoot in!” This is where my latest exciting series ‘A Frozen Tale’ began its journey.”



The Cabinets of Curiosity

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And you can view below a behind-the-shoot short movie






 

As an experiment, Sinclair has decided to crowd-fund her next body of work by selling prints of The Cabinets of Curiosity. Usually her prints are reserved for collectors wanting a predetermined limited edition, unfortunately this results in high prices unattainable by the majority of people. This print will be available for purchase for $300 (Australian AUD) until Monday, 14th of April, 2014. N.B. While the edition is limited and a final edition size will be given, the prints do not have print numbers on them. This is because they ship the prints immediately.
Click here to order a print.



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– Photos by Alexia Sinclair –









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