Liam Dunn's Psychedelic Cowgirl for Elle Mexico
Cowboy culture reaches back to the early age of our country when the industrious looked west for the promises of America’s heartland. Wide expanses and a communion with the land offered a romantic quiet away from the city, but over the last few decades Americans have come together into the cities, leaving a lot of the Western culture behind. That doesn’t mean we should leave it to the dustbin of history. On the contrary, the beauty of that chapter of American life is still as vibrant as ever, and Liam Dunn helped Elle Mexico prove it in their latest editorial.
Shot by photographer Danilo Hess, the feature shows what the magazine calls “a futuristic version of Jessie,” the cowgirl from Toy Story. This sophisticated and psychedelic stylized version of the prototypical cowgirl is a massive aesthetic update on classic Americana. Liam’s work features a really bold eye and a heavy hand with rouge to create dimension and shape that highlights the almost doll-like qualities of the look.
Liam’s play with color reflects off the unconventional lighting that they used in a very classic setting. Bright reds and blues underscore the vibrancy of the psychedelic inspiration, contrasting the setting and creating the visual tension that makes the images so compelling.