‘I never thought I’d land in pictures with a face like mine.’ Audrey Hepburn
I’m still on cloud 9 after my holiday and I’ve had a silly grin on my face since touching down at Heathrow nearly three weeks ago. It’s probably just jet lag or the shock of turning 40.
While I was away there was so much space to reflect on things, and I had the time to jot down ideas without the usual distractions. I feel calm and inspired, and despite being back in a daily routine I’ve loosened my grip in things. Something has certainly changed, it’s just difficult to say what.
Since visiting Hollywood (I still can’t believe I went to Hollywood!) I’ve been watching and re-watching old films: Some Like It Hot, Viva Las Vegas, The Seven Year Itch and so on. In Beverly Hills we even passed one of Marilyn Monroe’s former homes, everything about being in LA was exciting!
I’m gradually working my way through the Audrey Hepburn films, each time I tick one off I just have to watch another. Audrey exudes elegance and she has a magnetic charm that I find incredibly captivating. I’m planning to watch War and Peace this weekend because I was named after Natasha Rostova, and so it delights me that Audrey played the part of Natasha in the 1956 film.
On Saturday 27 September, as part of the Photography Oxford Festival ’14, there’ll be a drive-in screening of the 1957 film Funny Face featuring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. Tickets are free and can be booked online.
Photography by Mark Shaw.