Ofer Wolberger,
London, Part-time Lovers,
and Vintage Outfits

Wednesday, June 3, 2009



The first time I met Maggie was a little over 2 years ago on MySpace. Her space was an astonishing shrine of strange and interesting photographs. There wasn’t anything written on her ‘About Me’ section, but under occupation was ‘part-time lover’ and her location was ‘somewhere in France’. I’m not sure if there was any photo indicating what Maggie looked like at the time, can’t remember, but a few months after adding her as a friend the fascinating photo shown below appeared in her album. Since then I’ve been a huge follower of all things Maggie, and though still just as mysterious as that first impression there are now several clues out on Maggie, her creators, the photographer behind the amazing work, the woman behind the mask and starting tomorrow (if you happen to be in London) there’s even the opportunity to see the Maggie project in person!



Who is Maggie, and why does she wear a mask? ‘To this day I'm not even sure who Maggie really is, as it's a constant discovery and she seems to be full of surprises. One of the main ideas behind the project is to see the world through someone else's eyes and to learn about that person by what is surrounding her. The mask isn't something Maggie is wearing; it's what makes her who she is.’ –Excerpt from an interview with photographer Ofer Wolberger on DontPanicOnline.com



‘For some time now I’ve been collecting all sorts of vintage outfits, mostly since I’ve started to work on the Maggie Project with my partner, Ofer Wolberger. We've created this character, picturing her visiting the world as a tourist on a journey. As Maggie seems to be coming from another time period. We are always looking for clothing that bears a unique style & identity, which fits this displaced sense of time.’ –Billie, the woman behind the mask, in an interview by Chloé Van Paris



Showing through the 25th of July…

Michael Hoppen Gallery
3 Jubilee Place,
London SW3 3TD


If you’re lucky enough to be in the vicinity be sure to stop by…



(and tell me all about it!)

32 comments:

Diana said...

ah i don't live in London, but I love this exhibit! Have i mentioned i love your new layout? the header is stunning! great job!

Gabbi said...

~ Thank you Diana! I worked on the thing for almost a whole day... So happy you like Maggie, wish I was in London to see see them in person.xo

Hey Harriet said...

I would so love to visit this exhibition. It's a little too far away from me... :(

planet mondo said...
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Planet Mondo said...

I work in London, and would love to stop by but am organzing a photo shoot for Marco Pirroni's (yes him from Adam and The Ants and Sinead O Connor)new band The Wolfmen in Putney tomorrow - you can see the shots from the last session here

PS You heard it here first.. Courtney Taylor from the Dandy Warhols will be mixing a few tracks from The Wolfmen's new album due out later this year..

Keith said...

Wow. That is so cool. I had never heard of Maggie before. I think this is awesome. Great photos.

retroliving said...

I have seen Maggie on flickr and these photos never sease to amaze and amuse me.

♥Darla

Rebecca said...

Fascinating! The mask kind of scares me (I have a fear of people in costumes, haha!), but the photos are beautiful.

miriam said...

oh, i'd love to see this! unfortunately i'm passing by one week too late. quel dommage!

ana b. said...

I really enjoy the strange, eerie surrealism of these photographs. For me, everything seems normal until you see the mask and then you look closer and you see quite odd details. What a great find. Thank you for sharing!

Savvy Mode SG said...

oh her works are different.

Sam said...

Absolutely unique! I remember you put up this photographer's work a few months back and they were very striking then. If only I could fly to London and have a look at her exhibition! Thanks for sharing Gabbi!

muchlove said...

This is a great concept! The mask gives an eerie touch that just draws you into the images.
How I wish I were in London to see this. thanks for sharing.
x

Emz said...

Omgosh that is wayyy too cool! The mask reminds me a little of um..AHH I can't remember what. But it's so cool!

ladyfoxandhound said...

WOW..wild...fascinating. Lovely blog!

drollgirl said...

this is so cool! such a great concept, and such cool works. i am QUITE SAD that i cannot see them in person. argh! but i am so glad you posted on this!!!!!

Gabbi said...

~ From me too Harriet, such a shame huh? Wishing you a lovely weekend.

~ Thank you for the links and bits of insider information dear Mondo, it’s a shame you can’t stop by to see Maggie… xo

~ Happy you like it Keith! Hope your week has gone well… have a nice weekend. ♥

~ She’s a definite favorite of mine Darla, so glad you knew her already… thank you! Love your blog ♥ xo

~ Thank you dear Rebecca, I love your new cooking blog! Halloween must be a nightmare… :)

~ It’s a shame Miriam, but at least you're back with your great posts! ♥♥

~ So glad you like her dear Ana! Hope you’re having a nice week and wishing you an even better weekend. *bises*

~ They are Savvy… that’s what I like about them I guess. Different but still sort of simple and classic in design.

~ You’re awesome for remembering her dear Sam♥… I’m already having separation anxiety of your lovely card! :)

~ Me too Anna, I’m glad you like it! Have a very nice weekend…*bises*

~ Thank you dear Emz! I love your comment :) you had me hanging on the 'um and ahh'! Hope your weekend is better than the week… glad you managed to dodge the swine flu.xo

~ Thank you LadyFox, I love your new Audrey dress… thinking of how to incorporate those black bows into a dress on my own now!

~ I’m with you drollgirl… hopefully they’ll swing by LA for us soon! Have a lovely weekend.xo

The Clothes Horse said...

Oooh, these are so creepy/beautiful.

_nina_malvada_ said...

beautiful fotos...

(fell in love with the clothes)

natalie said...

Oh, wow! Thank you so, so much for sharing this, the photos are amazing! Luckily, I'll be in London in July, so I will definitely try to go to the exhibition. I'll make sure to blog about it!

Chrisy said...

This is soooooo clever! One of those things that makes you think 'why didn't i think of that'! Thanks for telling us about this project...I'm going to have a closer look...

MC said...

Wow this is really interesting and a little creepy to be honest - but I really like the concept and the photos. Very cool!

Couture Carrie said...

Unique photos ~ I especially like the last one!

xoxox,
CC

Enep said...

looks like interesting one! great pics, anyway :--D

xo

Frock Around the Clock said...

I bet she got so many double takes from passers by! It's quite creepy but the pictures on the myspace and fantastic. It would be great to go and see it but I am far too far away unfortunately! :) x

Elizabeth Marie said...

Wow, incredible. I would love to see them in person, but thank you for posting! I love how they picture her as a tourist on journey. So. Cool!

xo

Dooder City said...

This is brilliant...I wish I lived in London to see this! It is almost like you want to live vicariously through her or something.

Gabbi said...

•:: They are aren’t they? Happy you like them, thank you CH!

•:: Thank you dear CC… I agree on the clothes! She has a great collection of vintage dresses doesn’t she?

•:: That’s so great Natalie! I can’t wait to read about it…♥

•:: Glad you like it Chrisy! Thank you.xo

•:: Thank you MC!

•:: It’s a favorite of mine also dear Carrie, the dress, the pose and the setting looks like such fun doesn’t it?

•:: Thank you dear Enep! ♥

•:: Yeah Charlotte! I often think of how fun it must be to take those photographs… I imagine the other people in the restaurant. Both Billie and Ofer must be incredibly bold. I get shy about taking photos of my food in restaurants and I love taking photos of my food when it’s pretty. :) Thank you.

•:: Thank you Elizabeth! So happy you liked them as much as I do.xo

•:: I love the way you describe it Deana. Thank you!

Gabbi said...

~ Thank you Niki!♥

~M~ said...

Yes her photos are amazing. Wish I could go see the exhibition! But I got the lovely invitation card :)

A mask is a very mysterious yet powerful thing, reading about it somehow made me think of Noh-play in Japan.

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