Melvin Sokolsky is a photographer and film director best known for his editorial and advertorial works. For one series, he was able to capture models flying in mid-air with the use of a plastic bubble. See more after the break.
Melvin Sokolsky started taking photographs at an early age. He used to take photos using his father’s camera at the young age of 10. Although he had a keen interest in photography, he never had the chance to pursue formal training. When he was around 16 years old, he found out that photographers could earn thousands of dollars for their work. This fuelled his dream of becoming a photographer and it inspired him to pursue the craft.
One of his most notable works was a fashion series for Harper’s Bazaar magazine. The series of photos consisted of models seemingly floating in mid air. The location for the shoot was by the River Seine in Paris and the fashion editorial was released in 1963. The inspiration for this fashion photo shoot was a painting by Hieronymus Bosch called ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’. He then got the idea to place the models inside big plexiglass bubbles suspended in mid-air. Since this was a pretty daunting task, Sokolsky first tested his idea in New Jersey. He was successful with the shoot and eventually got the go signal to shoot the fashion editorial in Paris.
Here are some of the photos from Melvin Sokolsky’s fashion series ‘Bubble’: