She Walks in Beauty

black and white photography

The title of this shoot for L’Officiel Malaysia’s May 2016 issue was taken from one of Lord Byron’s most famous poems. ‘She Walks in Beauty’ is said to have been inspired by the English poet’s encounter with his first cousin’s beautiful wife, Anne Beatrix Wilmot, and he describes her beauty using contrasts of dark and light…

She Walks in Beauty

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!

Photographer Alexandre Felix and stylist Coline Peyrot have, in turn, used these contrasts as inspiration for this darkly beautiful shoot.

See more images from the shoot here

See more from L’Officiel Malaysia here

Image Credits: Visual Optimism