Interstate 87 starts in the Bronx and runs north through the Hudson Valley, Albany, and all the way to Quebec. The 333 mile (536 km) stretch of highway in many ways makes possible the whole idea of “Upstate.” Situated along 87 are dozens and dozens of communities that exist just outside the enormous gravitational field of New York City, which for many city dwellers typify America. The notion of Americana is the point of departure for a story by the same name in the June / July 2014 issue of Interview featuring Grace Hartzel and Dani Witt photographed by Mikael Jansson. Styled by Karl Templer, the story takes inspiration from “the prospectors of the American West but seen through a downtown eye.” To that end, a certain outdoorsy theme is manifested in shearling coats with technical details, the sort of which cannot be found either in the general store or through any big box doors. Shot against the muted, rusting backdrop of Upstate, Grace and Dani assume an even greater luster, which can be conveniently viewed in the latest Interview without ever changing lanes or experiencing delays en route to Upstate.
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Credits include: Publication, Interview June / July 2014; Title, “Americana”; Photography, Mikael Jansson; Styling, Karl Templer; Hair, James Pecis at D+V Management; Hair coloring, Rachel Bodt at Home Agency; Makeup, Mark Carrasquillo at Art Partner; Casting, Michelle Lee at Michelle Lee Casting; Set design, Nick Des Jardins at Mary Howard Studio; Production, Travis Kiewel at North Six; Retouching, Gloss Studio; Digital, Rémi Pujol, Fabrizio Amaroso; Special thanks, The Sand Bar.