November 10, 2013 § Leave a Comment
It’s been a while since I’ve updated, due to the fact I did manage to land myself a full time job! I work for 71 Queens, a clothes shop based in Bath and Bristol, and I do the marketing/social media/website maintenance for them at the moment. I’m so happy to be employed and doing something I really enjoy! Check out the website at www.71queens.com
I love Autumn, I love the colours, the fashion and I do like the weather unless its rainy and grey. But lets face it you can get that all year round, we live in the UK! It’s the crispy, sunny days when all the leaves are yellow and red that I like. Today I went up to Leigh Woods in Bristol for a walk around. I’m afraid I’ve got to the age where if I go out for a few drinks on Friday, I’ll probably still be feeling a bit rough on the Sunday as well as the Saturday, so fresh air seemed a good idea. That makes me sound really old…
Autumn pics from Leigh Woods
I am on the look out for the perfect Winter coat at the moment, and I keep changing my mind on the kind of thing I want. Do I want a suede coat with sheepskin, or a smart boxy one… or a soft fluffy one? For now I’ve got a pleather jacket, but it’s getting colder and colder, and that won’t keep me warm when I’m on my way to work for long.
At the moment I’m listening to King Tuff, Drenge and Disclosure. I’m really late getting on the Disclosure bandwagon, I didn’t like that Latch song at first but they’ve grown on me so much. Here’s some tunes.
September 20, 2013 § Leave a Comment
On Wednesday I went to see Giant Drag on their farewell tour at The Fleece in Bristol. I have loved this band since their first album came out when I was just 16 years old, about eight years ago. The album ‘Hearts and Unicorns’ is still something I play regularly, I love it. I’m not going to describe it to you because I’m not a music reviewer and I’ll just sound like a dick. Here’s one of my faves.
The gig was awesome, and I can’t believe it was so long ago that the album came out! It’s really sad that they’re not going to be making music anymore, but maybe Annie will have a solo career or something? Here are some pictures I took of Annie Hardy.
I should be uploading more to my photography page soon which is -
Hope you like them, and please let me know what you think. I’m always open to shooting any bands live so if you need a photographer and you play in a band or solo, hit me up! I’m based in Bristol and my email is-
September 6, 2013 § Leave a Comment
… or pleather! As a veggie I try to go for pleather, but I cannot say for sure I don’t own anything that is actually leather.
Way back when I used to work at House of Fraser, I wore pleather shorts and trousers to work, and that was about five years ago now. I think it’s always going to come back into fashion, but you have to be careful not to over do it and look tacky. I don’t know why I love it so much, probably stems from the 90′s in some way. The new issue of Elle UK has a free Style for less magazine, and they have some great leather pieces in there. Here are some of my favourites.
Whistles leather shirt £295
Leather mini skirt £69.99 Mango
If your vegetarian like me and prefer the fake stuff, there are some great alternatives. It’s also a tad cheaper, so that’s a bonus.
Jacket £56.42 Nasty Gal
Black shorts £34 Topshop
I’ve seen some amazing editorials recently. I do love it when they bring in all the Autumn/Winter collections. I just feel like there is more to wear and be creative with. Here are some leather themed pictures from my favourite editorials recently.
Photography by Kai Z Feng, styling Anne-Marie Curtis for Elle UK
Photographer Paola Kudackiin for Vogue Espana
Photographer Hedi Slimane for Vogue China
So there’s my little update on the leather trend, it’s not a trend loved by everyone but I think it’s become a lot broader recently. You can now to the tailored look with leather, as there are so many straight cut leather shirts out there, it doesn’t have to be biker chick!
Until next time!
August 26, 2013 § Leave a Comment
So I’ve been wondering recently whether or not to use a watermark for my photographs. You often come across pictures on the net with a photographers logo on them, whether they’re in a corner somewhere or smack bang in the middle, and a lot of them time they look really ugly. I don’t want to use one because I am paranoid everyone wants to steal my work, but that is always a possibility when you put your work online. As somebody that is currently unemployed I especially don’t want anyone using my images for things that I could be getting paid for without me knowing. Watermarking is also great for promotional reasons, if you put your name on an image people can easily trace who the photographer is if they like the photo. After some helpful advice on Facebook I’ve decided to use a small watermark. It’s only very tiny compared to a lot of these marks, because I really don’t want it to detract from the actually photograph.
These are the images I took at Nick Oliveri’s acoustic set at The Fleece in Bristol. What an amazing gig!
Thanks for reading! I hope to be doing much more live music photography now
August 22, 2013 § Leave a Comment
I realise it’s been a while since I posted. It’s been a busy few weeks which is brilliant, there have been so many exciting things happening!
A few weeks ago I filmed Shoreditch fashion show at The Hoxton Pony, where designers Beata Guzinska, Kelly Jordan and Rainbowarrior showcased their collections. Afterwards there was music from R.A.N and Sahara who both gave really amazing live performances. I had such a great time at the event and am especially looking forward to the Halloween themed show in October. Here are a few stills of R.A.N and Sahara, I’ll update the blog soon with more photos and film from the show.
I also had the pleasure of photographing Nick Oliveri (QOTSA, Kyuss, Mondo Generator) at the Fleece in Bristol the other night. It was an awesome acoustic gig and I’m pleased with how the photographs have turned out. I promise to update you with these in the next week!
On Saturday I photographed my friends sisters wedding. It was such a lovely day! I’ll leave you with a few of photographs from that.
My photography page on Facebook is https://www.facebook.com/pages/Photography-by-Hannah-L-B/101414153310956
August 7, 2013 § Leave a Comment
I have lived in Bristol all my life, bar my three years spent in Southampton whilst attending university, and I still think it’s one of the most exciting cities to grow up in. There is always something to do or see, whatever interests you may have. Yesterday I went for a mini explore around my hometown with my sister Olivia. It’s pretty hard not to bump into some sort of street art in Bristol, and the centre is full of wonderful huge scale paintings done by different artists.
Of course Bristol is famous for being the hometown of Banksy, the infamous graffiti artist, and maybe this has something to do with it’s street art culture! Another famous figure from this city is Brunel, who built our train station and iconic suspension Bridge.
Temple meads train station built by Brunel
After shopping around for a bit we were absolutely starving and decided to go to The Watershed for some nachos. The Watershed is a great coffee shop/bar on the waterfront, and a perfect stop off after a shopping spree! Here you’ll find a picture of me stuffing my face and loving life….
This may have been taken after we’d tucked into them a bit….
Me enjoying the nacho’s a bit to much…
A hole in the wall!?
This is just a small photo diary of a city with many more photograph opportunities and sites to see. I hope this gives you an idea of what a great place this is to visit!
Thanks for reading as always
July 31, 2013 § 2 Comments
Fashion is well known for its tendency to be controversial. Being controversial is great, its interesting and people love to be shocked, within reason. People love to think of art as having no boundaries and being completely free, but (sometimes) are these just excuses used to express things that in any other circumstance we just wouldn’t think was okay?
Sisley fashion campaign. ‘No time to run’….. sexy or creepy?
I read a post on Buzzfeed this week listing a huge number of fashion campaigns that were heavily themed around violence towards women, including rape themes. Violence occurs in so much of the media, films and games for example. This is a different kind of violence though, these people are advertising clothes… to women mostly. I fail to see how this is just artistic expression especially when this idea has been done to the death and I’m afraid isn’t shocking or original. The only thing that’s shocking is that these fashion companies think this is a perfectly okay concept to go with in the 21st century. Why would you use something as serious and sick as rape to advertise something that is meant to be desirable and luxurious? This is where I have a real problem with the fashion industry.
-”The high-fashion world in general loves to think of itself as contrarian, élite, and boldly at odds with the tastes and mores of the wider public. It likes to think that it, in fact, leads those tastes. But much of the imagery the fashion industry uses to communicate its messages at best echoes and at worst reinforces some of the wider culture’s most negative ideas about women and girls. As we all know thanks to Joan Didion, “it is possible for people to be the unconscious instruments of values they would strenuously reject on a conscious level.” Fashion, in all its contradictions, is great evidence of that.”- Jenna Sauers
Why is fashion reinforcing such negative ideas of women, when it is advertising to women? I understand there is a certain sexiness about violence and everyone has their thing they like, but this is commercial advertising. And really, what women finds rape sexy? Seems like it’s just another way the media can obsess over its weird fantasies about women. All these campaigns do is promote violence against women, making it less of an issue in many peoples eyes.
What exactly are these ad campaigns meant to be saying – ‘Look at this image, this women has been beaten up/raped but at least she looks good in our new A/W collection’?
This hair salon advertisement claims to be ‘a work of art’ and the people who made it said that it brings the domestic violence issue to light. A fashion campaign promoting its clothing/hair salon to make lots and lots of money for itself doesn’t seem like the best way to help victims of domestic abuse. It seems like a cheap shock tactic aiming to make as much money as possible.
I love fashion, and have done for most of my life but there are so many issues regarding the industry. This stuff isn’t healthy for anyone.
Thanks for reading.