After watching 2011 French Action Film ‘Colombia’, photographer and creative director Mariam Sholaja was inspired. “The film is centred around an assassin who leaves a Cattleya flower with every murder she commits.” The symbolism of the Cattleya flower is a point that stood out for Mariam: “Being born in spring, I have always felt an appreciation for flowers.” Particularly, The Cattleya flower - a type of orchid native to South America, typically associated with vitality and fertility. As suggested by the title ‘Cattleya’, Mariam draws inspiration from the flower, using it as a motif to explore beauty, strength and contemporary divine femininity.
Model: Maryann Ezeh @oddxbeauty
Photographer: Mariam Sholaja @m.sholaja
Creative direction: Mariam Sholaja @m.sholaja
Words by Aisha Ayoade