Friday, 21 February 2014

Style Inspiration

Futuristic vs anti-futuristic is the style for the next photo shoot, the movement thats dominating fashion at the moment as seen by Burberry in their A/W 14/15 collection. The idea of combining both futuristic and anti-futuristic in one shoot backing up my overall concept of opposition and texture contrast. Futuristic is all about rubbers and neoprene, whilst anti-futuristic returns to handcrafting and natural fibres like lace with a bit of boho style in the mix.

Hair & Make-up Inspiration

Lighting Mood Board

Shadows and creating depth is the lighting style for the shoot.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Texture Mood Board

Contrasting textures and fabrics will be a strong element within photo shoot. A lot of sheer fabrics, pleats and lace, detail being placed over the body.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Rogan Brown


Rogan Brown's work is an exploration and re-presentation of natural organic forms both mineral and vegetal creating vastly intricate paper models. Rogan looks for patterns and repeated motifs that run through natural phenomena at different scales, from the microscopic to the macroscopic. 

"The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity... and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of a man of imagination, nature is imagination itself". - William Blake 

Anne Sofia Madsen

Anne Sofia Madsen's vision: A wish to show the well-known through the un-known and to use traditional handcraft methods and couture techniques within ready-to-wear. Anne experiments with materials such as leather applied to a fine mesh base, built-up collars with unconventional patterns, and hand-drawn illustrations printed digitally on silk or wool fabrics.

The consistent play with contrast and materials creates a look of mixed toughness and fragility. 

Anne's work consists of using only black and white within her collections, the use of texture amongst her designs is beautiful and gives full impact of contrast. After coming across Anne's work it has given me an idea to create texture and contrast amongst garments used within my photo shoot of placing garments on the body, this will allow another element of contrast and opposition to be captured within my images.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Monochrome Mood Board

Monochrome, the style for the next shoot. 
A studio shoot using white and black back drops will really bring out the boldness of blacks and whites, a strong contradiction between the light and dark.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Placing Garments

The idea of using garments as objects that are placed over the body instead of being worn, the idea of being separate from the body, the contrasting element of clothes not being worn but laid over the body. 

These images below demonstrate the ideas I have of placing garments, the concept behind these shots is focused on the home. This shoot is called 'Farinelli' a story about love, obsession, and an angelic voice, 1705-2013 is represented within these images from CR Fashion Book.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Mood Board

This mood board demonstrates a style that the shoot could follow, very minimalistic styling is required in order to not take away the importance of the accessories. Black and white clothing will be the dominate colours to really get that bold black and white contrast you get when shooting in the studio. Simplistic garments such as a coat, hot pants and bralettes will be used to give a seductive feel to the images . The seductive feel of the imagery will give viewers a bit of a story, the idea to use both a woman and a man for this shoot is a strong possibility to represent the feeling of separation and togetherness on a number of levels.

Concept Mood Board

This mood board shows a concept idea behind the next photo shoot, the idea of separation and togetherness using accessories and the body. The idea of the photographs being taken so they cut off the body in order to separate or isolate a certain part. The body acts as a platform with the accessories being at the forefront of the images, positioning the accessories so they are together with the body and also apart. Where they are not connected to the body or they are separated from the rightful place on the body in order to give a sense of separation.  

Beth Buxton Stylist

Beth Buxton is a London based stylist currently editor of Ligature magazine, Buxton also consults on ad campaigns for fashion labels. I have picked out a few pieces of her work that inspire me in my own project. The use of black and white is key within my magazine so these shots show lighting effects and how well black and white styling/garments emphasises the positive and negative space.

London Fog

The Coat Company Fall/Winter 2009 Ad Campaign featuring Gisele Bundchen. Photographer Nino Munoz. The minimal styling of this campaign is very much the style I am going for within my next photo shoot; minimal, simplistic and seductive.  

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Rachel Zoe Stylist

Rachel Zoe is one of the most notable and influential fashion and celebrity stylist. Rachel Zoe has a very distinctive style it's retro, glamorous and bohemian mixed together, but she still manages to make each and every client look individual. Rachel Zoe's collection's combine all of her signatures styles with a minimalist approach, clean lines and distinctive character. Black and white is always a feature amongst her collection. 

Below are a handful of my favourite pieces from Rachel Zoe 2014 collections.

Rachel Zoe Spring 2014 Collection

Rachel Zoe Resort 2014 collection

Love magazine

Love Magazine originated from the United Kingdom founded in 2008, launched and edited by Katie Grand, biannual fashion magazine.

Below is an editorial from Love Magazine fall 2010 issue on May 27, in Los Angeles with stylist Rachel Zoe.

LOVe Magazine Fall 2010 Editorial
Model: Ginta Lapina
Photographer: Doug Inglish
Stylist: Rachel Zoe
Hair: Rob Talty
Makeup: Mai Quyhn

The Zoe Report is a free daily newsletter with everything from runway fashion and beauty trends to lifestyle ideas, styling tips and trend guides. 

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Daniel Kennedy

Daniel Kennedy is a London based celebrity and fashion photographer, Kennedy works on shoots for advertising clients, magazines and Celebrities. Below is a selection of his work that has inspired me for my next photo shoot, separation & togetherness, the idea of representing these opposing words by using the body as a platform with the use of accessories. These images give me ideas for camera shots, the separation of the body, not showing the whole figure and focusing on the placement of accessories.  

Bela Borsodi

My next photo shoot concept is the opposing words separation and togetherness.
When I think about the word separation a few things come to mind...
  • Separation of the body
  • Separating two people
  • Separating things/Objects

After thinking about a few ideas of my own I started doing some research and came across an amazing graphics, artist, photographer who produced a series of images using the idea of separation, his twist of sexuality and unconventional product integration brings his sculptural compositions to life. 

He has used accessories as the main focus, the female form serves as an almost arbitrary medium in the artistic display of high end goods, highlighting the individual design of products with the eye candy as a secondary focus. These playful experimental photographs walk the fine line between design, fashion, and art, the female body is sexualised and objectified. His advertising photography is truly exploratory, combining unexpected still life elements with fashion, styling and set design, objects come to life in his playful fashion stories. 

Below is his series of photographs that appeared in issue 11 of Tatler.

Bela Borsodi - Separation

The whole idea behind this photo shoot I think is brilliant.

A few words that come to mind when thinking about how else separation can be expressed...

  • Disengagement
  • Dissolution
  • Estrangement
  • Severance
  • Division
  • Segregation

Cole Thompson

Cole Thompson is a Black and White fine art photographer based in the US. For Thompson...

..."Colour records the image, but Black and White captures the feelings that lie beneath the surface".

This quote for me really sums up the way in which I feel about black and white photography as apposed to colour. Black and white for me shows rawness and emotion and captures the realness of a scene. Colour is still very beautiful and captures feelings, just not the feelings beneath the surface which is what I am aiming for when producing this magazine.

I want those emotions to come through, as you will see below I have a before and after picture from Thompson's work. From this you can really see much more detail and feeling with the black and white image than you can in the colour version, this is what I want to capture in my images, that sense of emotion and rawness with all details in a single image being captured.

 Before image…

After Image...

You can really see the different in contrast between these images. The colour image to me is quite flat and lifeless compared to the black and white which gives off an emotion and rawness, with all the details of the clouds and surface makes it feel a lot more 'real'.

The feeling that comes from these images and any of Thompson's images are decided by the viewer, its what they think it means to them. This is a concept that involves my whole project, the images I will be creating are ones that the viewer themselves will decide what the images mean to them. Although they will have an underlying concept to them, ultimately the viewer decides what they mean.

Within my magazine there will be a featured article with an interview from Cole Thompson himself, where you will learn all about him and his work and what inspires him, and why he loves black and white photography.

Below are a couple of photographs by Thompson…