Chris Edwick Interview
In mid-1986, photographer Chris Edwick was called upon by Supreme Records to shoot the sleeve artwork for Mel & Kim's debut single. The girls were pre-fame and without a specific 'public image' when Chris captured them with his lens, on Camber Sands, in East Sussex England, but their beauty and the promise of their star quality was clear. Here Chris shares his revealing and touching memories of his day with the girls, who were on the brink of pop stardom as they prepared for their first single release.
Supreme Records asked me to take promotional shots of their newly signed duo - Mel & Kim. I think it was the girls' first photo shoot, and I was pretty inexperienced myself, but I came up with the idea of going to the beach, as I thought it would be a nice simple open space where they could play in the sand and we’d do some very natural shots that really captured their natural beauty.
I remember that day was magical. I really wanted to capture the late summer afternoon light directly on them, so we sat in the sand dunes and had a picnic whilst waiting for the sun to go down. Looking back, my only regret is that I was still very young, and I lacked the experience to really capture Mel & Kim in all their beauty. Other photographers went on to capture their true beauty, but it was a valuable experience, and, for me, it was a moment of great privilege, and one that I will always treasure.
Mel and Kim were stunningly beautiful in the fullest possible sense. They were beautiful to look at but they also both had personalities that made them very attractive to be with and, fascinatingly - although they were sisters, the girls had very different characters. Kim was modest and, perhaps, a little shy, but she had extraordinary presence, whereas Mel was outrageously confident and had a wickedly naughty sense of humour. They both had an overwhelming charisma that left me in no doubt that they were going to be immensely successful. They burned with life and enthusiasm all day, and even when we finally got back, late at night, they were then preparing to go off to a party. Mel suggested I should go along with them, but I couldn’t match them in any way for energy and was collapsed on a sofa... Now that proves how young and stupid I was. I passed up an opportunity to go to a party with Mel and Kim!! I’ve slapped myself for that one many times!! (Laughs).
CHRIS EDWICK September 2013.