Divine Life

Camille Tokerud’s Account of the Divine Life Shoot

The story of Marie Claire & Lola –

“Lola is the vibrant younger woman in these photos and we met when I photographed her spontaneously in the street ten years ago. My attraction was immediate to Lola’s fusion of urban rocker style and feminine physical power. She emitted Parisian grace as she pranced down the Palais-Royal garden.

Finding myself again in Paris recently, we arranged to do a more structured shoot. The striking, senior woman is Mary Claire, Lola’s neighbor, and while she and I only had just met, the connection was magical! After the first day’s shoot with them both, I wanted to get closer to Marie Claire and returned for a second day; she was so contagious.  Her apartment was like walking into a 1920’s movie set but authentic.  As I don’t speak French, I shot with an interpreter.  Lola was in the shots and translated the first day and my partner on the second.  The language barrier didn’t stop the conversation, rather it was the opposite; full of huge laughter, passionate life stories, and of past and future projects. Marie Claire was brilliant and comfortable celebrating her story with me. After a bottle of wine, with the session wrapped, here is a bit of their story…

Marie Claire is the daughter of the inventor of the “Musique Concrète“, the predecessor of all synthesizer music, Pierre Schaeffer. She has been working doing research for the French Radio and Television Agency, since 1960. She’s also directed 40 art documentaries including “Portrait d’une Autre” (Portrait of Another Woman) about Sylvette David, the famous Picasso model (‘the girl with the ponytail’) in 1968.

On the subject of her personal fashion, Marie Claire says, fashion is something inside, it is in the mind and in the psyche. Her fashion is inspired by Romanticism and by Paris in the 19th century; by the French novelists Gustave Flaubert and Guy de Maupassant – the ambience of their writing is how she feels about fashion. Her home’s interior design is creative and playful with many hand-made objects. She asks, “How can we inspire the younger generations to create for themselves, instead of only consuming? How can we pass this on?”

Lola grew up in the 1960’s without a television set. For entertainment as a teenager, she wrote songs and poems. Later she discovered expressive dance and had her own company in Germany, until she landed in the fairytale world of her neighbor, Marie Claire. She continues, to dance, to write books about body work and Pilates, and to create, most recently creating fashion.

The links that join Marie Claire and Lola are being playful, creating, dreaming, being in the flow, like a kind of preserved innocence.”

See more of Camille Tokerud’s Divine Life in Paris click here.