The assignment for my fashion photography class this week was to create three photos that are reminiscent of how we were once perceived. The photos needed to feature an accessory and highlight the use of changing light.
Below is a quote from curator and writer, Charlotte Cotton, who was featured in Issue #216 of Aperture Magazine.
“Fashion photography is rightly characterized by constant change for being porous, reactive, even predictive in its visualizations and reflections of consumer society. While this has continued to be true… this century has so far failed to deliver a climate for image-makers to truly innovate…” (Charlotte Cotton)
In some ways, I couldn’t agree more with what Cotton is saying here, but in others, I totally disagree. While technology has made fashion photography more accessible and efficient, amongst an endless list of other adjectives, it has also changed the way in which we view art. I think it is a fallacy to assert that there are no influential creatives of this time period. What we must consider when evaluating the state of current fashion, is that different doesn’t always mean bad, especially when it comes to art. Photography is constantly changing and evolving, and while I believe there is a teeter-totter effect to be mindful of, reminiscing about a time period we cannot return to seems to be a waste of valuable time.
Unlike what Cotton is suggesting in this quote, I believe there is no limit to creativity, and if we ever hope to live in a world that is truly inclusive, accepting and real, we must stop bashing our fellow creatives to make a name for ourselves. Fashion is often characterized as a cruel and inhumane industry, but is this description simply an outdated theory that is begging to be disproven?
I sure hope so.
I am incredibly excited to show you all some of my favorite shots from a recent photo shoot I did with Vicky Cain and Eddie Miles at the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design in London. This experience was nothing short of life-changing, and I am so honored to add to these gems to my styling portfolio.
To add some context for you, the brief for the shoot was to utilize a "classic fashion item." From denim, to leather, to a little black dress, the choice was entirely ours. I ended up shooting Vicky in this oversized, vintage leather jacket that had been painted by a South African street artist. To juxtapose this amazing jacket, I added a pair of iconic Burberry trousers, which are straight off this season's runway. Minimal hair, makeup and accessories finished this look off perfectly.
After this whole experience, all I can say is how inspired I am for the future, and I can't wait to get started on the next shoot!
Model: Vicky Cain
Photographer: Eddie Miles
Stylist: Andrew Paulson
Studio: Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design
MEET THE EDITOR
Hello! My name is Andrew Paulson and I'm a Marketing and Advertising student, with a focus on the Fashion Industry, at Pace University in New York City. I am extremely passionate about creating editorial content for fashion and lifestyle apparel brands, which has lead me to become the Creative Marketing Director at HAVEN Collective, where I assist in the creation and execution of innovate marketing campaigns that increase both brand awareness and sales. If you'd like to meet up for coffee to learn more about how I can help your company, please do not hesitate to reach out. Thank you!