Is fashion art or is it an extension of the photographer’s vision. That is a question that has been burning for a very long time, and please mind the pun.
I think every photographer would like to be called an artist in their own right, regardless what genre or style they shoot, I know what I try and convey in my pictures is to tell a story with in each picture I take for LaMode. And in doing so, in the series of images that I put together it projects a story to the reader, with the help of the clothes that the model is wearing of course or in this editorial for LaMode, the swimwear.
So is fashion art, my answer to that question is no. Fashion now a days is so commercial that it is leaning towards a more commerce direction e.g selling clothes online is something of a billion-dollar industry now a days, but that is just a small part of it.
You will notice that some of the amazing clothes that you get to see at the different Fashion Weeks around the world get so watered down that they can sometimes be unrecognisable by the time they reach the shops online or in store. That is because the designer is trying to make a statement, a little bit like me with LaMode in some ways. But not to get side-tracked, the photographers vision is something that is helped by the clothes that the model wears to create a story that is not only eye catching, but also cinematic and theoretical at the same time. So to rap this little blurb up, I ask you this question. Do you dress to make a statement or do you dress for yourself. Food for thought enjoy ….."This is What Love look Like"
This is What Love looks Like
Where Art Meets Art
Have you ever walked around in your backyard and thought how lucky you are to live in the place that you live in? Well I don't think about that every day I wake up, but I do think that I am lucky to live in Sydney and be able to live in the city that I do. Not only is it close to the beach but, if I ever needed to get away from the concrete so called jungle I would be able to jump on a train and walk down to Hyde park and clear my mind and recharge and get ready for whatever I want to be ready for. Which is usually prepping for a shoot or coming up for new ideas to shoot for LaMode and or for a client.
I was brain storming one day and thought I have never done a editorial on Hyde park, so here I bring to you the top 30 images that I shot just after the new year. Again it is all in black&white and unedited just to show you, my reader that you don't have to throw everything into photoshop and change the contrast and brightness on every photo that you shoot.
So here I bring to you my art side of my photography: Where Art Meets Art
What is diversity, that is a good question isn’t it? And do we see enough of it?
The dictionary meaning: The state of being diverse; variety: there was considerable diversity in the style of the reports.
• [in singular] a range of different things: newspapers were obliged to allow a diversity of views to be printed.
Makes interesting reading doesn’t it? So, do we have a wide range of models in the industry? The answer to that is yes and no, funny answer, some brands only use white Caucasian models some brands are happy to use a bag of all sorts in their advertising campaigns.
I use models who fit the brief and that I like, but that is generally the norm for most photographers. For LaMode Magazine I try not to use a model that has the same look from my last editorial. Which was one of the reasons I shot with Mariangel for this swim editorial for LaMode. Not to get side tracked the industry is trying very hard to use a diverse cross over of all models. Even plus size models which I think is interesting and not so interesting to write about, you have to remember that models are born with their looks not given to them. If you are born with the right genes to be a model then you may be lucky enough to work in the industry and if you aren’t ( let’s not get into why you can’t be a model) then it is not something you dwell on, you just have to accept the fact that it is something you can’t do and move on. But let’s talk about how diverse the industry can be and how it is not.
I love the fact that when you email an agency for a job you can get many different options from them. Modeling is about looks, hair colour, height etc even eye colour can come into it as well. But what it boils down to is if they look good in the clothes they will be wearing. Not everyone looks good in a maxi dress and not everyone looks good in a denim shorts. So this is why we must have diversity in the fashion industry. Most of the time it’s up to the brands that hire the models that make the final decisions to who they want in there campaign, commercial or what ever they want to hire the model for.
But some models do look good in everything and I mean everything. These are the models that are blissed with the looks and body to truly be models. Not all modelling agency’s have plus size models, and that is OK because this is a new niche for agency’s that has only become popular in the last 5-6 years. So to tie this in a bow and finish this off. The fashion industry is about change and it changes every season, so who knows we may yet have a huge diversity of models down under one day, lets hopes so.
You Can Never Have to Much
LaMode is a global online magazine in a blog style format, or what I would like to call a blogZine. With a focus on Fashion, Swimwear and Culture editorials. LaMode Magazine is not seasonal with it's editorials because we like to shoot imagery that is on point to what we think will entertain you as the reader with our point of view.
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