In real life she’s Celia Pavey, but as alter ego Vera Blue she thrills audiences with her signature folk/electronic sound. On the verge of an imminent sophomore album release, on the phone from her recording studio she spoke with Chris Lorimer in Sydney, and with her favourite creative team produced an exclusive shoot for Black.
For this issue of Black, you did an exclusive shoot for us with your long-term stylist collaborator Jana, what can you share with us about the concept?
It’s all about the colours and the shapes of flowers. Not just with actual flowers but creating a visual through movement or the way I’m holding my arms for example. It was lovely to do a shoot with more of a conceptual vibe. I love flowers. While I was growing up in Forbes a little town about five and a half hours away from Sydney, my dad owned a nursery and our backyard was always filled with beautiful flowers. We spent a lot of time in the nursery and my grandma also had an incredible garden that she used to enter into contests and often win! Flowers have always been a big part of my life.
If you soundtracked our shoot with one of your songs, which one would it be?
Something very colourful! It’d be the first song I ever released called Hold. It’s about romance. The look of the shoot is quite romantic but also very bold.
Read the full interview in print Issue 31, on sale now in-stores and online here
Fashion: Jana Bartolo
Text by Chris Lorimer