We All Come From the Ocean: Portraits of Aquatic Soul We All Come From the Ocean: Portraits of Aquatic Soul Vanity Teen 虚荣青年 Lifestyle & new faces magazine

We All Come From the Ocean: Portraits of Aquatic Soul

We All Come From the Ocean: Portraits of Aquatic Soul We All Come From the Ocean: Portraits of Aquatic Soul Vanity Teen 虚荣青年 Lifestyle & new faces magazine
Photographer: Chiara Toki | Styling: Ana-Maria Balandina | MUA: Rebecca Kugler – Phatjira Rungsakullkit | Models: Tigers MGMT

“We All Come From the Ocean,” we delve into a visual dialogue where the rhythms of the sea inform the pulse of style. It’s a narrative that speaks to our origins, echoing the timeless bond between the deep blue and our collective consciousness.

We All Come From the Ocean: Portraits of Aquatic Soul We All Come From the Ocean: Portraits of Aquatic Soul Vanity Teen 虚荣青年 Lifestyle & new faces magazine
Photographer: Chiara Toki | Styling: Ana-Maria Balandina | MUA: Rebecca Kugler – Phatjira Rungsakullkit | Models: Tigers MGMT

The creative force behind the lens draws upon an intimate relationship with the seascape—a sanctuary where thoughts are silenced, and one is truly liberated. This is more than a setting; it’s a fundamental part of the narrative, shaping a story that celebrates both individuality and the collective spirit.

We All Come From the Ocean: Portraits of Aquatic Soul We All Come From the Ocean: Portraits of Aquatic Soul Vanity Teen 虚荣青年 Lifestyle & new faces magazine
Photographer: Chiara Toki | Styling: Ana-Maria Balandina | MUA: Rebecca Kugler – Phatjira Rungsakullkit | Models: Tigers MGMT
We All Come From the Ocean: Portraits of Aquatic Soul We All Come From the Ocean: Portraits of Aquatic Soul Vanity Teen 虚荣青年 Lifestyle & new faces magazine
Photographer: Chiara Toki | Styling: Ana-Maria Balandina | MUA: Rebecca Kugler – Phatjira Rungsakullkit | Models: Tigers MGMT

Ofomi and Michelle, whose lives have been interwoven with the photographer’s since childhood, embody the concept of synchronized individuality. Their twin existence parallels the duality of the ocean—constant yet ever-changing. Josy’s presence, a reflection of empowerment and diversity, alongside Alexa, a proponent for dynamic artistry and cultural expression, adds layers to the editorial’s theme.

We All Come From the Ocean: Portraits of Aquatic Soul We All Come From the Ocean: Portraits of Aquatic Soul Vanity Teen 虚荣青年 Lifestyle & new faces magazine
Photographer: Chiara Toki | Styling: Ana-Maria Balandina | MUA: Rebecca Kugler – Phatjira Rungsakullkit | Models: Tigers MGMT

Working in a studio environment, the narrative was brought to life not through elaborate setups but through the confluence of light and shadow. This choice of simplicity allows the focus to remain on the essence of the subjects and their articulate styles.

We All Come From the Ocean: Portraits of Aquatic Soul We All Come From the Ocean: Portraits of Aquatic Soul Vanity Teen 虚荣青年 Lifestyle & new faces magazine
Photographer: Chiara Toki | Styling: Ana-Maria Balandina | MUA: Rebecca Kugler – Phatjira Rungsakullkit | Models: Tigers MGMT

The photographic approach here is marked by restraint and intentionality. Equipment choices were made to ensure the subjects and their stories remained at the forefront, unhindered by technical distractions.

In post-production, the images are treated with a discerning touch—enhancements serve not to overshadow but to accentuate. In one striking image, the transformation renders a photograph into something reminiscent of classical artwork, an echo of renaissance in modern fashion.

The collaboration that birthed this editorial is rooted in familiarity and shared vision. The portrayal of Ofomi and Michelle captures a deep-seated rapport, while the contributions of each individual, from front to lens to post, coalesce into a singular artistic vision—one that speaks of our origins, our connection to the ocean, and the freedoms we all seek.

We All Come From the Ocean: Portraits of Aquatic Soul We All Come From the Ocean: Portraits of Aquatic Soul Vanity Teen 虚荣青年 Lifestyle & new faces magazine
Photographer: Chiara Toki | Styling: Ana-Maria Balandina | MUA: Rebecca Kugler – Phatjira Rungsakullkit | Models: Tigers MGMT

This editorial is a reflective piece—a meditation on our roots and the endless inspirations provided by the natural world and its most majestic element, the ocean. It’s a reminder that in the world of fashion, as in life, we often find the most profound stories in the return to our beginnings.

CREDITS:
Photography:
CHIARA TOKI @chiaratoki
Styling:
ANA-MARIA BALANDINA @pr0bl3matique
Makeup:
REBECCA KUGLER @rebeccakugler
PHATJIRA RUNGSAKULLIKIT @jaohxbeauty
Models:
JOSY @josephinetolno_ @tigers_mgmt
OFOMI & MICHELLE
ALEXA
Fashion:
Ana-Maria Balandina@pr0bl3matique
Stephanie Kahnau @stephaniekahnau
Vanessa Baernthol @vanessabaernthol
Studio Koest @studio_koest

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