Ether of Art
By Kristie Andres
Glitter, paper and a touch of makeup—all you need to look like a goddess.
If Robby Bunk is behind the camera.
Bunk, a 22 year old of Amelia Island, bought his first SLR—a Cannon 30D—less than three years ago. A self-taught photographer, Bunk shoots weddings, senior portraits, newborns and portfolio.
His real passion lies in editorial.
“I love fashion,” he said. “That’s what I set my image for—to be in the fashion industry.”
Ready to show North Florida his artistry spans beyond impressive photography, Bunk was determined to create a handcrafted unique look and set for display in an ethereal-themed local art exhibit.
His master plan—a dress made of paper.
A lighter, endless rolls of photography back drop, a tube of super glue and hours of tedious labor transformed into couture.
Tiny pure white paper pieces boarded by vintage burnt edges scale up to create an angelic mosaic bodice accessorized with two adaptable pieces that convert from fashionable Marie Antoinette reminiscent hip accents to warrior princess Athena shoulder pads.
“I wanted to be able to create a piece of art,” Bunk said.
With the help of friends Dirk Niedballa, who aided in dress and set construction, and makeup artist Paulina Perez, art was made. To set the intended dreamy scene, Niedballa and Bunk fashioned a goddess appropriate celestial surrounding made of the perfect formulated mixture of silver and crystal glitter glued to canvas.
He named her Asteria. The unearthly effect made by the divine costumed model and 8-foot-tall sparkling galaxy boarding her gives no hint that such a fantasy could be captured in a young photographer’s small downtown Jacksonville studio apartment illuminated solely by window penetrating natural light.
Bunk plans to take this project and expand it to create multiple paper-inspired looks varying in style and medium. He aspires create an entire line of paper dresses using books, newspaper and other literature to create fashionable editorial that will inspire and excite.
“I wanted to show people I can do much more than just take pictures,” he said. “I can envision something and I can do it.”