Endless windswept sands, an elephant, and a professional dancer — that’s the brief anyhow, the setting of a breathtaking black & white story by photographer Koto Bolofo in Numéro 165 featuring Laura Julie. Normally such an occasion would threaten to swallow up even the most alpha model, but instead quite the opposite is true. Laura Julie moves to the fore to be every bit the queen of the sands that is promised in the story’s title “Reine des sables.” Handmade silver gelatin prints accentuate every visceral aspect of the desert expanse. This is a story to behold in an already fantastic issue of Numéro — all hail, Laura Julie, queen of the sands.

Credits include: Publication, Numéro N°165 August 2015; Title, “Reine des sables”; Photography, Koto Bolofo; Styling, Irina Marie; Hair, Martyn Foss Calder at Airport Agency; Makeup, Houda Remita at Artlist; Handmade photographic printing, Peter Guest at The Image London; Retouching, Granon Digital; Production, Artsphère; Styling assistance, Fernando Damasceno.

Laura Julie | Numéro N°165 August 2015 (Photography: Koto Bolofo)

Laura Julie | Numéro N°165 August 2015 (Photography: Koto Bolofo)