September is well under way and there's a distinct chill in the air. It's never easy to say goodbye to summer but there's something about the crisp, low-lit evenings and flame-coloured leaves that accompany the arrival of autumn that is undeniably thrilling. This prevailing mood is perfectly captured in a beguiling series of images by Canadian photographer Marianna Rothen, currently on display at the Ingrid Deuss Gallery, Antwerp. Taken on the set of forthcoming independent film Everybody Knows This is Nowhere – directed by Gregory Perano and art directed by Rothen herself – the stunning photographs recall the Polaroids of Andrei Tarkovsky, defined by an otherworldly haziness, a rich, earthy colour palette and a breathtaking use of natural light.
Born and raised in a small town outside of Toronto, Rothen began her career as a model and from the age of 15 spent many years travelling abroad for shoots, sharing apartments with fellow models. It was at this time that she developed an interest in photography, carefully observing fashion photographers in action and honing her own skills by lensing her photogenic pals. 17 years on and Rothen, now based in New York, has quit modelling to pursue photography full-time. "In the beginning I thought I wanted to be a fashion photographer too," she tells AnOther, "but then I realised that the best images I took were the ones I’d got by myself, working with my own ideas."