Form, the Female Form.
Form, what is it? And I am talking about the female body. If it wasn’t for the female form I wouldn’t of written this blurb. As for that matter I don’t think I would of taken my photography as far as I have taken it. I love shooting female fashion and swimwear which was one of the reasons I started this online publication. I also love creating images that are eye catching and thought provoking. Neither of that would of happen without the female form.
So why do we find the female form so intriguing? Even woman love to look at woman, more often than not females are more critical of their own, rather than a bloke. I think socity has this pre-conceived idea with what we like to look at, as previously mentioned in my last editorial the media love to put in front of us what we want to look at rather than what we should be looking at. Having worked in this industry for so long now, I know that we all love to look at a pretty woman rather than Jane average, right?!! Well I will let you answer that one for yourself.
Moving forward with why we love the female form rather than the male one. I think it is that we tend to love to judge everything that is put in front of us, regardless if we like it or not? Right or wrong again I will let you decide yourself. So I think to sum this up in a bow tie, I would love to put this to you, and that is we all have different body shapes and sizes, blokes, chicks, woman, men, girls or boys. We have one body that will change as we get older , and it is up to us to decide what we do with it. Do we stay in shape or do we just go with the flow and let your body change gracefully or do we put the time and effort into maintaining it so our form will be our own legacy forever??
What is beauty? I think everyone has their own idea of what beauty is. I certainly do and I am pretty sure you do as well. Before I go any further I would like to ask you a couple of questions? How do you perceive what beauty is and how does society see it? Two totally different questions when you think about it and here is what I think what beauty is and in a way should be.
What is beauty? Is it a Australian size 8-10 long hair, blue eyes and drop dead gorgeous. Or is it what goes on in the inside of your mind, regardless if you are a female or male. The media portrays the first thought hands down, just about every image that is used in advertising has a pretty decent looking person in it. Why do you ask?? ........because that is what society wants us to see. We don't want to look at a over weight person or someone that is not easy on the eye do we?? ( Or though plus size models have been around for a while now, but I will leave that for another editorial to write about ) We want to look at a beautiful person who has nice feature's and is something that we would all want to inspire be like, and that is physically beautiful.
But in my opinion it is what goes on the inside of your mind is what really makes a person beautiful. Or more to the point how they project there beauty that they have on the inside to the outside that will really make them beautiful. This is how I would like to see the media portray beauty but unfortunately it doesn't.
So I ask you this, the next time you meet what yo may think is a attractive person regardless if it is a male or female, do they project there beauty across to you?
Who's That Girl.
The Morning Glitter
lets talk about, the female body and social media shall we? I am not one to put down a woman's body no matter what shape or size she is but there are a lot of people who do that ....unfortunately a lot of people judge a book by it's cover. Which can be somewhat disturbing considering you should always try and get to know the person first before you make a call. Unfortunately again this happens a lot, especially on social media. Something that I have had a love and hate relationship with personally.
I see it way to often influencers super charging there bodys to make them self look very very unattainable. I always think the idea of a good influencer should be to educate their audience so that they should live a healthy and clean lifestyle no matter what size they are. Yes I know that in the fashion industry we all use size 8 and 10 models and everything gets photoshopped, some images more than others. But that is on a commercial level where the brand is trying to sell their products to there demagrapic. The influencer shouldn't be using lightroom on there phones and smoothing there skin out and making there boobs look bigger etc. I think they should be leaving everything as it is shot to show their true self.
Yes I photoshop my own images some more than others, the reason for that is to make everything look easier on the eye and bringing it to a level of professionalism that the industry is not only renowned for but expects.
So on that note this swim editorial for LaMode, the first of what will be many shoot in Australia in the coming months, namingly in the Gold Coast, Sydney and anywhere else I can travel too, showcasing Australia's amazing swim brands and to die for models.
Makeup Artist-Holly Fraser
Did You Miss Me Much
When I travel to new places in Sydney or anywhere in Australia for that matter. Photography for me should be about capturing the vibe of the place you have just experienced. So when I shoot culture editorials for LaMode that is what I am aiming to do as well as create amazing eye catching photographs, or that is what I would like to think I am doing.
Sydney has so many hidden little gems, that you can discover when you want to find something new and exciting to explore. I did that today by travelling a hour on the train north of the CBD, Sydney. Where I found the Hawkesbury. It is mostly a fishing town by the river. The water is not as crystal clear as it should be for this part of Sydney but hay isn’t that what makes each and every part of Australia unique?
I love any chance I get to be able to create new images. I also decided to shoot some of the images in black and white, something I haven’t done for a while. That has a lot to do with me shooting sunsets and at a time of day where you really want to create a certain kind of mood, you can check out that editorial via my last post. Anyway with Spring having come upon us and Summer moving close behind it, that means Summer shoots on the beach.
The Bays of Sydney
Sydney has so many hidden places you can check out on a beautiful sunny day, I know that is a cliche thing to say but it's true .....you only have to bring up a map on your phone or device, and see how vast Sydney.
I was thinking about what to shoot for my next editorial post for LaMode and I really wanted to shoot something that was for my culture section of the magazine.I hadn't done anything for that section for a while, and I came up with the idea of finding a couple of remote locations that aren't that obvious to the everyday traveler. Both are close to the water and public transport. While searching, I found Como and Rhodes, Como isn't that common a place to most people even in Sydney but I think Rhodes is. When I document these places I like to shoot it in a way that is a little bit different and and most definitely eye catching. I waited till late in the day to shoot both locations as I wanted to catch the sunset and I also wanted to create a mood that was not only eye catching as mentioned in the last sentence but I also wanted to show you how beautiful the sun set is.
So the next time you want to explore Sydney, close your eyes and pick a place on the map of your phone and see where it takes you.
Video speaks louder than words
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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