Rolls-Royce Rankin: Spirit of Ecstasy First Images Released

Marking the Spirit of Ecstasy, British automaker Rolls-Royce commissioned renowned photographer Rankin to capture 100 images inspired by the iconic figurine, which will be launched over the next months. Today, Rolls Royce has presented the first two images in the Rankin: Spirit of Ecstasy collection.

Rankin took inspiration from the feminine form, using his wife and model Tuuli Shipster for the first of his 100 portraits.

Taken separately, the Spirit of Ecstasy #1 features Tuuli in silhouette, draped in flowing fabric, the similar with the flying lady, “echoing the qualities which inspired Sykes 100 years ago, whilst capturing the mystery within which she is shrouded; for the question of whether or not Eleanor Thornton was truly the inspiration for the Spirit of Ecstasy 100 years ago remains one of intrigue and debate rather than hard fact.”  

The Rankin: Spirit of Ecstasy collection will be all about power, the beauty of age, intrigue and mystery, speed, wind and metallic will blend with materials, fabrics and paint, for an unprecedented selection of photographic portraits which will complement each other as a full set, but also work individually to ensure global appeal. The work will feature a selection of women of different ages and cultures, symbolizing the femininity of the Spirit of Ecstasy.

“This is one of the biggest projects I have ever taken on,” explained Rankin. “The images will be a statement about the modern day Rolls-Royce; they will feel fresh, directional and original, while also being beautiful and inspirational. The portraits will comprise a variety of perspectives, including full length as well as close-up shots incorporating facial features – an eye, a mouth – to reflect a unique interpretation of the figurine’s connotations, while quietly symbolizing its classic underpinnings.”
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