Getting these photographs was a 9:30 until 4:30 ball-ache of a photoshoot on Saturday. For those of you who don't know 5x4 (also known as large format) is one of the most beautiful mediums you can use in photography, but also one of the hardest. It is taken on one of the cameras that I've posted below, and if the lighting is off for even 2 "stops" the whole piece of film is ruined. It also costs around £2 per photograph, and takes on average about 5 to 10 minutes to get one shot with the model having to stay perfectly still throughout this time. I love it, enjoy it, want to take more but oh my gosh it can be frustrating!
All these photographs are taken on 5x4 (except for one!!) and are my latest ongoing series, looking at androgyny in fashion. I'm using a mixture of male and female models, styling both as the opposite sex but also keeping it clear who is male and who is female.
I'm really happy with these and how they turned out, especially considering I only had seven shots to get them right by the end of it!! The whole shoot probably cost in, in total, about £30 in film as there were complications with the camera that meant I did more test shots then final shots!
It was well worth it though, and I will be adding more to this set in the future (:
This final photograph is not shot on 5x4 - unfortunately I ran out of film (and money) before I could get the shot. However I'll hopefully reshooting this on again and also getting more of this model!
My incredibly talented bestie Lucie (aka. Gavroche) who you might recognize from the bubbles photoshoot I did! I've always loved her voice and her lyrics and this is her latest song "I don't like parties". Filmed by my very sexy boyfriend
CHECK IT OUT!
Also please give it a thumbs up, leave a comment and maybe like her facebook page? Please? Yeah? Ok!
I'm about to write a guide on applying to cults for Chloe's amazing next cult VF-Central (should be opening in a few days, check it out!!) and I was wondering what people thought I should include in it.
Right now my plan is to include:
- Choosing pictures.
- Using HTML/CSS.
- In-depth but not boring.
- Taking on advice when reapplying.
- Cheeky tips
- Doing an example how to apply and how not to apply.
Anything else anyone can think of? Need some help!!
Yes, keep it simple so everyone can understand what you're saying, but also not boring. And for sure don't use w0rds lik3 th!s. rofl Or short words like you would use in stupid yahoo, msn or what other chats.
I am currently writing up about this project for university. I would love any feedback you could give me! Good or bad, any questions, anything! In the process of writing a 1000 word essay on the subject and you never know - I might quote you in it!!
These Are Our Lost Strangers is a collection of photographs from my attic at home, which are all photographs of my mom, her family, her friends and her life.
Each smaller set within the larger group represents a subsection of my mothers life, and therefore my life. One day these will be my photographs when I inherit them - but to me a lot of these photographs are of strangers, people who were once strangers or those who have become strangers. I really wanted to explore this idea of found memories and lost memories, or memories that didn't even have a chance to be created.
Thus, These Are Our Lost Strangers was created.
The are our lost memories.
These are memories and people who are dear to my mother, but to me are faces I don't recognize. None of them have the names on the backs of the photographs, and at best just a date.
I don't know who are family, who are friends, who are still alive and who have passed away.
To me, these are all strangers.
These are our lost loved ones.
'These are our lost loved ones' are a group of photographs of my family members who have passed away, so relationships past.
I know all their faces, I know all their names and putting these photographs together was bitter sweet. It is amazing to see all these photographs I didn't know existed, but also made me wish that we could have had more.
These are memories lost, and memories that could have been.
These are our lost futures.
This collection is what could have been, strangers that could have been known. They are all love interests of my Mother's, and represent the futures that could have been which are now strangers to us.
They are people who were once a big part of my families future, but if they had been then I wouldn't have been.
These are strangers who could have made me a stranger.
These are our lost selves.
When going through the photographs, and also looking around the house, I was struck by how many photographs of myself I didn't recognize or know.
I have no idea where a lot of these were taken, why they were taken, how old I was, what day, the time, or by who.
As most people who have seen my photography are probably aware of by now I obsess over two people: Cindy Sherman and Ophelia. This set of photographs is basically a culmination of the two finally coming together The black and white ones are meant to be the dark side of Ophelia's madness and story, with the colour ones being her loving, innocent, bright side! But represented in a beauty/fashion photograph (:
There's rosemary, that's for remembrance. Pray you, love, remember. And there is pansies, that's for thoughts.
There's fennel for you, and columbines. There's rue for you, and here's some for me. We may call it herb of grace o'Sundays. O, you must wear your rue with a difference! There's a daisy. I would give you some violets, but they wither'd all when my father died. They say he made a good end.
The diptychs are the main/final photographs. The rest are just others I really like!
Today I got in the studio to do some fillers for my modelling portfolio, but I also wanted to experiment with some different lighting choices and using an overheard soft-box to light the background. It was so much fun, and great to be in the studio again after being at home for so long!
Anyways, I also took these two self portraits, which managed to turn out even better then I had in my mind!!