Mind over Matter.
Why are we so obsessed with our body’s
A bit of a odd question isn’t it? Is it a health thing or is it image thing? You know the saying “if you have a healthy body with have a heath mind”. But do we train to impress other people or do we train to impress our self? I think the answer to that is split right down the middle.
We see it in the media all the time, a celebrity taking a selfie and posting it on Instagram and then everyone going nuts over it, if you are on Instagram check out Jenifer Lopez profile. I think she is a classic example of someone keeping them self in shape. Jenifer is 50 years old and doesn’t look any older than 30. Which I have to admit is pretty dam unreal for someone that has had a kid and is still trucking big time in the entertainment industry.
I think we train to look good for our self, first and foremost. But then again who doesn’t?
For most of us we love to show off our body when we get the chance regardless where we are and what we are doing. The beach is a place that a lot of people like to do this, I personally love going to the beach when I can but crinch when I look around and see what is on offer and some of the eye candy that is around. But training is not for everyone as you know and it is hard work to maintain a really good body. I think as we get older we tend to not too not worry to much about our body’s and focus more on our minds more than anything else.
Because our minds will give us more of a work out than our body’s when we reach a certain age.
Enjoy "Mind Over Matter"
Swimear-TJ.swimwear, Midnight swimwear, Khongboon swimwear
Two piece by TJ.Swimwear
Swimwear by TJ.Swimwear
Two piece by Tj Swimwear
One piece by Midnight swimwear
Two piece by Khongboon
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
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 its 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.