Delali started photographing friends and family as a way to express herself creatively. Her visual references for this shoot stemmed from pictures taken in Lomé, elements of which Bubby then crafted into the set. “Delali will come to me with an idea and usually I’m thinking how on earth are we going to do that? For this shoot, the floor was drawn from Delali’s inspiration images of walls with a sandy texture at the bottom,” explains Bubby. “I can show Bubby a picture and from that we can have active discussions about the look and feel of a set. She’s amazing at mocking something up and taking these ideas further,” adds Delali.
Bubby carved sand sculptures out of recycled foam before applying layers of paint, sand and concrete, which she admits was “an experiment that worked out really well.” The backdrop was created out of canvas, a fabric they prefer to use rather than traditional flats, both to avoid wastage and for its mottled texture. “Everything we do with the set design is very DIY and we try to ensure our materials are all sustainably sourced with as little waste as possible,” says Bubby. “I know that with set design especially, it often ends up being thrown away afterwards. That’s why we work on canvas for our backdrops rather than flats. We really like the texture of the material and how, once it’s painted, it makes the image feel more three-dimensional.”