New projects, things to look forward to!

Fashion

Hello! I’m in an excited mood at the moment but also a stressful one… I think its important to have a certain amount of stress in your life otherwise its all pretty mundane.

I’m back at uni and we already have so much work to do. I’m currently working on a 6 week project on street style in London. We have to choose an area of London that’s trendy and interesting, then go and photograph people there. I’m trying to visit Shoreditch this coming Wednesday but I think the weather might let me down. This rain is constant over here in England!

Here are some interesting concepts of different street styles and how its photographed.

Japanese Street Style

Japanese street style

It’s become an interest to everyone, even people that don’t have a specific interest in fashion. The Japanese street style is so unique, and sort of surreal. Pat Lyttle’s book ‘Japanese street style’ is available on Amazon as a paperback.

The Sartorialist

Most people who surf fashion Blogs will have heard of this well known street style photographer. Scott Schuman’s work has also been featured in magazines like GQ and Italian Vogue, along with ad campaigns for DKNY, Gant etc. The way he captures people is really interesting and his collection of images are all so diverse there’s a style for everyone.

Lace top meets leather leggings – a couple that couldn’t be more different but as you know for sure: opposites attract.

We’ll be ‘trick or treating’ in this logo tee!

Zebra Katz has got his eyes on you!

Topshop

If your not already following them on tumblr or facebook then you definitely should do! I’m sure you are… So many well dressed people, so much clothing envy!

I also have a dissertation idea! So far, I want to do a fashion film inspired by Alfred Hitchcocks ‘The Birds’.

And I cannot wait for the BBC 2 film  depicting the manipulative nature of Alfred Hitchcock’s relationship with actress Tippi Hedren. Sienna Miller plays Tippi. I’m not sure when its on but it sounds so interesting. The film is said to suggest Hitchcock blackmailed her into having sex with him by threatening her career.

Fraught relationship: A still from the new film; Hitchcock was obsessed with his star

Thanks for reading! I’ll be updating the blog with progress on my projects shortly. As always any thoughts and comments are very welcome.

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Edie Sedgwick, why she inspires me

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The story of Edie Sedgwick is really sad. I have the film Factory Girl on dvd, which is a film based on her life when she got famous, and how Andy Warhol dropped her basically, and then she died after her battle with drink and drugs. The film is really good depiction of fame and how much of a cold hard world it is to get into. I suggest everyone who is interested in fashion, art or the 60’s watches it! However, the film was met with mostly negative reviews, which I think is due to the fact there was a lot of controversy over the events in the film and how much of it is fact and how much is fiction. Also, it paints quite a bad picture of Andy Warhol, who comes across as a very shallow minded person. I hope this part of the film is not so factual….

I still think its a cool movie, and Sienna Miller plays Edie really convincingly.

Edie Sedgwick was the first proper ‘it girl’, famous for just being her… something i’m not completely for, but there is something charismatic and interesting about her. You can watch some really captivating videos of her on youtube. Its her style and the photographs of her that inspire me. She’s also a hell of a lot more interesting than today’s it girls.

Some of Bob Dylans song’s are said to be inspired by her, including Like a Rolling stone. Bob Dylan is said to have been in a brief relationship with Edie and one point.

And here is Sienna Miller playing her in factory girl…

and here is Agyness Deyn looking a lot like her!

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Photographer: Ryan McGinley

Fashion photography

I’ve only just heard about this photographer, from reading this months British Vogue. He photographed the cover story featuring Sienna Miller, and the photographs are stunning!

Ryan McGinley is a New York based photographer who  started out as an art photographer before being involved in fashion photography. He became a figure of the New York underground in the early 00’s with work such as ‘The kids were alright’ 1998 – 2003, featuring him and his friends at parties getting drunk and having a good time.

Self portrait (Car accident)

” They were like evidence of whatever I had done that night because I usually couldn’t remember any of it”

He produced a short film for Pringle of Scotland in 2009 featuring actress Tilda Swinton, and began working more and more for fashion magazines and advertisements such as Pop magazine, Vogue Paris, Uniqlo and Marc Jacobs. I find his work really different and slightly alternative to a lot of fashion photographers. His photographs have a free spirit about them, and some of them slightly ethereal. Here are some of my favourites…

Tilda Swinton for Pringle 2010

Dove, 2011

Dove 2011

Advertisement for ICB 2011

Pop magazine featuring Ageyness Deyn 2008

Everybody knows there is nowhere 

Advertisement for Stella Nude 2009

Sources/Links :

http://fuckyeahryanmcginley.tumblr.com/

http://www.vice.com/en_au/read/the-kids-were-alright-v15n5

http://www.anothermag.com/current/view/1000/Ryan_McGinley

http://ryanmcginley.com/Everybody_Knows_This_Is_Nowhere

http://models.com/people/ryan-mcginley