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Fashion photography and the rest of it.

Month: April, 2013



Science is FICTION – Jean Painleve

A very interesting film shown to me in University by Stephen Gill. The cover photo already shows how much it can be related to the work I am doing with Hannah. Below is a small part of one of the films, the soundtrack is quite surreal. Stephen suggested it could make a very interesting backdrop for the images I am creating and I agree. I would like to create a fashion film to go along side the images I make and I think using this video would work more so with moving image, rather than the stills.

“Advocating the credo “science is fiction,” Painlevé managed to scandalize both the scientific and the cinematographic world with a cinema designed to entertain as well as edify. He portrayed sea horses, vampire bats, skeleton shrimps, and fanworms as endowed with human traits — the erotic, the comical, and the savage. Painlevé single-handedly established a unique kind of cinema, the “scientific-poetic cinema”


Prep for fashion design degree shoot

Hannah Dudley - EMIT Clothing

Hannah Dudley - EMIT

I am currently working along side Hannah Dudley, a third year fashion design student at Nottingham Trent University. Hannah has designed and is now in the process of constructing three outfits and six garments for her final degree show. Hannah’s final outcome as well as her finished garments will be a fashion magazine and I will be photographing everything to go inside it. Her main inspiration has been sea life and underwater sea creatures, looking quite closely at coral and Dinoflagellate. ‘A single-celled organism with two flagella, occurring in large numbers in marine plankton and also found in fresh water.’ Most importantly looking at the shape and structure of them. You can clearly see the similarities in the images above of the early stages of Hannah’s work.

Descendants of ancient calcareous nannoplankton.

Hannah was also inspired by jellyfish and other light emitting sea creatures, hence the name she has given her collection ‘EMIT’. Images like these immediately made me think of James Cameron’s Avatar, where a lot of the wildlife comes to life in the dark and gives off a very bright glow. I really wanted to base one of the shoots around this look and bring some kind of bright neon glowing lights in to the shot. I came across some light up wire that would have been perfect for what I was looking at doing, the downside is it has to be shipped from Hong-Kong and would not make it here in time for the shoot. I shall keep on thinking of something else anywhere.

When meeting with Hannah to speak about her inspirations, I had a quick look through her sketchbook to get a clear idea of what she had been looking at and where she wants to go with her work and also the magazine. One designer that she had been looking at, that also caught my eye was Iris Van Herpen. These are just a few images from the incredible 3D printed Escapism couture collection.

Iris Van Herpen - 3D printed Escapism couture collection

When thinking about designers and sea life I obviously thought of Alexander McQueen as he has done many collections based around sea life and sea creatures.

Alexander McQueen

I would like to take some more recent images of Hannahs garments as the ones I have posted are from the early stages and her work is closer to completion now. We plan on starting to shoot this friday (26th April 2013) with some studio based images and more dates have been penciled in for the following week depending on studio availability and what not.

Vogue On: Designers

SHOWstudio is always a really good place to look when it comes to fashion. I regularly visit the website whether it is to watch the latest fashion films or interviews. One video that I came across recently was the SHOWstudio Book Club – Vogue On, most definitely worth a watch if you have a spare hour.

‘On Monday 19 November 2012 Lou Stoppard sat down with Judith Watt, Bronwyn Cosgrave, Charlotte Sinclair and Chloe Fox, the authors behind four books in the ‘Vogue On’ series. Watt focuses on Schiaparelli, while Cosgrave looks at Chanel, Sinclair tackles Dior and Fox assesses McQueen in this literary live chat.’

By watching an hour long discussion on these designers I have picked up so much information already, it was nice to be able to listen to people that really knew what they were on about. They even say during the discussion how books and videos like these are important to students and anyone else that are seriously interested in fashion. They mentioned how the internet can be misleading and sometimes even untrue and that books such as these along with Vogue magazine have been written with some sort of authority.

Like I said it is worth a watch. Just a few points that I found quite interesting were when they spoke about fashion designers wanting to be more private and how the design houses were once almost like an attraction. They also mention the Vogue archive a lot too and speak about how the american Vogue archive is online, which is fantastic for students and looking at the history of fashion and Vogue.

Having watched the video I went ahead and ordered the books! I have two out of the four that I can start reading as the other two have already been pinched to read. IMG_2452

Diana Vreeland – The Eye Has To Travel is also mentioned in the video which im sure is a really interesting film and I probably should have watched it already. So I plan on giving that a watch really soon too.

Meeting with Hilary Shedel

Photographer - Hilary Shedel

Photographer – Hilary Shedel

Photographer - Hilary Shedel

Photographer – Hilary Shedel

Photographer - Hilary Shedel

Photographer – Hilary Shedel

I first met Hilary after I contacted her back in November 2012, when hearing that she was looking for two assistants to work with her on a day two day shoot in London. I had a mini interview with her just a couple of days before the shoot was happening and she offered for me to go down and assist her. Hilary was photographing a luxury dance and circus production called Divine Company. The two days were so full on, but really interesting and I picked up so much in such a short space of time. Being an assistant meant doing anything that Hilary needed me to do, I initially set up the studio space (as we were not actually in a studio, but a big hall! Some performers were on stilts so a high ceiling was needed). I was on hand to adjust lighting when needed, whether it was adding another flash head, red head or simply moving them around. I ensured all dancers and models were in the right place at the right time and obviously made tea for the whole team.  Above are three of my favourite shots from the shoot, all the dancers were incredibly talented and the costumes also were very beautiful. Many of the costumes were in fact created by Jenny Gould, the founder and director of Divine Company, who was also very fun to work with.

For everything that you need to know about Divine Company check out their website or Facebook page.



Hilary Shedels work in the Coffee Drop - Wirksworth

Hilary Shedels work in the Coffee Drop – Wirksworth

I have kept in contact with Hilary ever since the Divine Company shoot and we met around a month or so after for a bit of a feedback session. It was then that she mentioned that she was setting up some dance photography courses and asked if I would like to be a part of it. Obviously I grabbed the opportunity to work with Hilary again with both hands. We carried on speaking and arranged a date to meet to talk through what and when the courses were going to happen. Yesterday (16 April 2013) I went to meet Hilary in a cafe in Wirksworth named Coffee Drop, a beautiful little cafe in a really lovely town. I was amazed when I walked in to find all of Hilary’s work on the walls and a little blurb about her. It was really nice to see some of her work printed, framed and hanging on walls. I even considered buying one for memory sake.

Hilary arrived and we had a catch up and spoke about the courses that she was going to run and how I was going to be involved. We then walked round to the space we are going to be using as a studio. www.thecoachhousestudios.co.uk It is the most beautiful building, recently renovated by architect Paul Fieldhouse. After seeing the space we walked back to the Coffee Drop and had some lunch. I used this time to pick at Hilary’s brains as much as possible and absorb as much information as I could, we spoke for a good couple of hours and she has given me so much useful information. Luckily for me Hilary has become some what of a personal mentor and I appreciate everything that she has done for me so far. I am really looking forward to working with her some more, with the dance photography courses and also another shoot in London with Divine Company again.

Do check out her website


Here’s to my first blog & getting a new camera

Canon 5D Mark iii

This is it, my first ever blog!

In all honesty the only reason I am starting to blog is so my tutors at University can see what I am up to when it comes to my Visual Practice work. Initial ideas, inspiration, research and my general progression throughout the projects that I am working on.

So!….I am hoping to post everything that goes in to the work that I do, as well as anything else that I am involved with in the world of photography AND if I am doing anything that may be a slightly bit interesting.

I recently invested in a new camera. YESSS!!

I am extremely lucky to have bought the Canon 5D Mark iii, an incredible upgrade from the camera I was previously shooting on that was purchased back in 2008 before I started a photography course at college, the Canon 400D. Fair to say it was well and truly needed and I couldn’t be happier with it.