Tom Corbett Brings the Hamptons to the Next Level
Every summer New Yorkers flock to the Hamptons to spend the season in style. It’s more than just a destination on Long Island, it’s a lifestyle, and the New York Post’s fashion imprint, Alexa, went right along with the party. They invited Tom Corbett into the fun to shoot the cover story for their Hamptons Issue, a story they created with actress Sofia Boutella. She used to be a dancer, most notably in a handful of Madonna’s music videos (in addition to a blistering amount of other work), which ended up making the shoot with Tom even more successful. “She’s a very interesting actress… She was amazing,” Tom says. “Her understanding of her body and how it relates to clothes, and the scenery, and her understanding of photography was amazing. It really was. She made it effortless.” Because of her command of shape and understanding of composition, Tom was able to work with her as a collaborative equal and create holistic images that work on every level.
Sofia was the star of the story, but the setting was just as important. Tom used each environment to elevate the images. The Hamptons are known for the gigantic houses and refreshing pools, but Tom kicked it up a notch to show us more than we normally get to see. It’s not that we’re just getting a different angle of landscaping: he’s presenting it all with a new point of view. “I was trying to use the house in an interesting way rather than just sitting in the living room,” Tom says. “We were using interesting elements, graphic elements, architectural elements. Modern houses are such a pleasure to work in.” This is not the Hamptons as you’re used to seeing them, this is the next level.