A French Girl Moves to Berlin By Brooke Frederick (NSFW)

Los Angeles photographer Brooke Frederick has been living the life in Berlin for the past three months – just enough time to find a European muse up to do the crazy shit that popped into her dirty beautiful head. “A French Girl Moves to Berlin” – an erotic fashion / travel piece starring stylist Gretchen Ross – is the story of two expats running around the city’s unique scenery wearing some great clothes… or none at all. Pay attention to the apparel as the exclusive editorial features some amazing Berlin designers such as Boessert/Schorn, Karlotta Wilde, Starstyling, Thone Negron, and Esther Perbandt.

LF: How did you meet Gretchen?

BF: It actually started when I went to this really amazing circus in Berlin – with elephants, rhinos and tigers. I asked them if I could come back the following day with a model and take some pictures with the animals and they said yes. So I reached out to ladies in Berlin who’d be up to shoot some nudes with me, and Gretchen replied. She had just gotten to town. We met at the circus the next day and sure enough the creepy asshole circus family wouldn’t let us in and yelled at us until we left. We decided to get lunch instead, and this is where we really got inspired and decided we wanted to work together.

LF: What inspired you to start shooting?

BF: She was such a French bombshell – she screamed sexiness. I knew that I didn’t want to shoot a typical twig model (as much as I do love that), but instead a more womanly figure, and femme fatale character reminiscent of classic European painting. We both love fashion (she also works as a stylist) so we really wanted to collaborate with local designers as well. Gretchen was also very open to new and crazy ideas, which was perfect because I wanted to push my own limits and so did she. I had a video camera strapped to my head the whole time I shot this series…

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LF: What’s your favorite thing about Berlin?

BF: Berlin is the most unique city I’ve ever found. It is very much still scarred from the war and the wall but is also being rebuilt and modernized. You will walk down a single street and see bullet holes up the side of a communist’-looking apartment building that is turned into a squatter community, next to a modern pristine design studio and European cafe. You can discover so many new and crazy things everyday that you really won’t find anywhere else in the world. Berliner artists and designers are very hardworking and inspired, so its really motivating to be around that. You can also drink great beer everywhere in the city so that a big plus.

LF: All in all did you find that the French / American sensibilities mostly clash or blend with your adoptive city?

BF:  It really worked in our favor that we both weren’t native to Berlin because we saw the city differently and maybe noticed things that locals have overlooked. We were both drawn to the city and were really exploring together while we were shooting. We were excited and curious throughout, which is a really great feeling to have come through in photographs. We were trying to push the boundaries of where we could take these pictures and what we could get away with in the city. An American photographer shooting a French girl in a German city is completely stupid and backwards, but I don’t think it would’ve been as successful if it were any other way.

There will be a book/zine out for sale, and some real big prints up on somebody’s wall real soon. Stay tuned for details.

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