GTGan’s ‘In the mood for love’

Howdy, it’s been a while…

Let’s re-start this blogging journey with a stunning 2011 series by GTGan for Harper’s Bazaar magazine Singapore called ‘In the mood for love’.

This is a typical superficial series to me, the kind that doesn’t say much about anything but it simply too beautiful to care. The first image in particular is stunning, bright colours and meticulous lighting create a Sin City meets the Simpsons vibe, a weird but undeniably wonderful combination.

Modern Couples by Carlotta Cardana

Italian photographer Carlotta Cardana explores multiple themes in her ongoing series ‘Modern Couples’ – firstly- subcultures, in particular 2014’s take on the 1960’s British mod movement. Carlotta photographs quirky couples who ooze class and sophistication. Another theme Carlotta explores is relationships and how two people can blend to become almost one.

The most intriguing theme Carlotta talks about is the freedom she gave to each couple, allowing them to style themselves and choose a location, on her site she talks about how she wanted to look beyond the clothing and get the couples to project themselves through their image.

It’s a lovely series that surreally immerses us into a vintage version of our modern age, it seems so detached from “reality”. What I love is the stillness throughout the series – although each couple is uniquely different the images (like her take on relationships) almost become one, this is due to Carlotta’s brilliant editing and how she maintained a deadpean-esque feel that lets the clothes, objects and environment speak for the couples.

See all of Carlotta’s work here.

Funky Bunny for Cosmo Girl by Martin Sweers

As I finally start gathering equipment and ideas for my project ‘Everyday Heroes’ I came across the work of Martin Sweers, his great use of coloured backgrounds and lighting compliment and contrast the texture and colour of the wigs.

Before I go to exhibitions and ask cosplayer’s to pose for me I will do a few test shoots, this lighting is beautiful I’ll attempt to get something similar with basic travel equipment.

The Wild Places

Anna Fischer is a talented fashion photographer whose work has been published in The New York Times and The Wallstreet Journal just to name a few. However Anna’s Cosplay photography is probably what she is best known for, particularly her project ‘The Wild Places‘.

The Wild Places is a photo project taking top-tier cosplay talents on  a photo-odyssey across the untamed landscape of America.  I want to expand the scope of what cosplay photography can be. I think it’s time to go big. It’s time to break cosplay out of the photobooth, the pool deck, the hotel lobby. I want to take it to the desert, to the ocean, to the mountains. I want to take cosplay away from the tame spaces, and to the wild places.

– Anna Fischer

I LOVE this project, America provides great landscapes from deserts to dense forests. The only issue is money, cosplay photography isn’t that lucurative in the West. Anna Fischer tackled this problem with her Kickstarter project – The Wild Places. When Anna posted ‘The Wild Places‘ on Kickstarter she aimed to get $3,000 in donations, to date she has received over $26,000, and here’s why people want to fund this project:

I think this is a really strong project and set of images that give a breath of fresh air to the world of cosplay photography which is often repetitive and never leaves the convention grounds. I love seeing when new images are published and the next locations. It’s one to keep your eye on if you love cosplay or photography in general, you could always donate and get involved! See the project website here.

Naruto x Fashion

Every once in a while you come across a very special blog – this is one of them! Let me introduce all you Naruto nuts out there to Naruto x Fashion – a hybrid of high fashion and pop culture. As a fan of Naruto I love how not only has an appropriate outfit been chosen using colours and styles but also how the body language and facial expressions are a perfect match, these images have undoubtedly been made by a fan who knows each characters personality.

These images are just the tip of the iceberg, check out Naruto x Fashion for more characters and their runway looks.

JHB/GI

James Hamilton Butler X Georgie Ichikawa AKA JHB/GI is a collaboration project between the two fashion designers. The collection draws inspiration from Tokyo Pop culture, Otaku in particular.

(All Images & text / COPYRIGHT © JAMES HAMILTON BUTLER & GEORGIE ICHIKAWA 2011)

RESEARCH INTO WESTERN OTAKU (OBSESSIVE GEEKS) AND THEIR SOCIAL HABITS, FORMED THE BASIS OF THIS GRAPHIC DRIVEN CAPSULE COLLECTION, WITH A FOCUS ON A T-SHIRT BASED LINE THAT IS WEARABLE BUT STRIKINGLY ILLUSTRATIVE. NIGHTLIFE SCENES IN AKIHABARA LED TO A SPECTRUM OF COLOUR PALETTES TO USE, DRAWING ON CONTEXTUAL REFERENCING FROM CONTEMPORARY OTAKU ICONS TO PROVIDE INSPIRATION FOR PLACEMENT SHAPES. JAPANESE ELECTRO-POP MUSIC VIDEOS AND DANCE ROUTINE CHOREOGRAPHY INFLUENCE THE BEAUTIFULLY INTRICATE IMAGERY OF A FANTASY WORLD THAT FORMS THE BASIS OF THIS CONTEMPORARY STREET STYLE COLLECTION.

– http://www.jameshamiltonbutler.com/jhb-gi

Lady gaga X Hello Kitty

In 2010 Lady Gaga took part in a photoshoot to celebrate Hello Kitty’s 35th Birthday. Photographers Markus Klinko and Indrani shot Gaga in a Hello Kitty stuffed dress and combined the image of 2 of the biggest female icons in Popular Culture.

 

The power of Sanrio’s branding in regard to Hello Kitty is outstanding.

In the US alone, Hello Kitty has expanded into 4000 stores nation wide with more than 200 Sanrio specific shops. Created as a gift item to be exchanged between families, Hello Kitty now adorns more than 22.000 products across categories and contributes more than half of Sanrio’s USD 1 billion annual sales.

– taken from http://www.asianbrandstrategy.com/2006/04/hello-kitty-iconic-japanese-brand.asp

 

 

Manuel Nogeuira: Technicolor

Manuel Nogeuira produced this Technicolor series. He explains why he created this project.

This story was created mainly due to aesthetic demands that I was feeling. The idea was to create many visual elements without the need for digital post-production. Of course the photos were a bit manipulated, but the raw image was made using optical filters, color filters, shadows, reflections and highlights. I’d like to see more experiments in contemporary publications, I think this just adds knowledge and challenges to all involved. Well, this will create a story to illustrate this fashion – a visual essay is more than a strictly linear narrative.

Credits
Photographer: Manuel Nogueira
Stylist: Maurício Mariano
Beauty: Simone Barcelos
Modelo: Carla Pagot (Way Model)
Digital Retouch : Estudio Gomo

This piece in particular reminds me of a prism, possibly influenced it.

©Manuel Nogueira

See the rest of the series here

Joined Shoot

So we decided to do a shoot with all 3 scarves tied together, the image is great, we basically shot it within 5 frames and knew this was our one. All the scarves compliment each other.

©Daisy Ware-Jarrett

I’ve really enjoyed these last few days, working with the girls and actually having the opportunity to work how i want to in the future, with other creatives.

Rasmas Shoot

After Jades shoot, we wrapped Martina up, such an amazing model, she stood in the cold, taking directions for hours. This shoot was based on movement because Rasma had been looking at Nick Knights work.

©Daisy Ware-Jarrett
©Daisy Ware-Jarrett
©Daisy Ware-Jarrett
©Daisy Ware-Jarrett
©Daisy Ware-Jarrett
©Daisy Ware-Jarrett
©Daisy Ware-Jarrett

I still cannot decided which is my favourite image, this will take some time to think over, I also think this was the best shoot, using movement is a very common thing in my work that i love, I also used my experience with Nadav Kander to know what settings to use on the camera and on the lights.

Jades shoot

So the day started out amazing, Martina found 2 four leaf clovers on her way to meet us. Or this is what we thought. We had our first trial when, 3 shots in to Jades shoot the battery pack ran out, the only thing we could do was go and swap it, but it came in a pack with the lights. So me and Jade went to swap the lights and Rasma and Martina protected the equipment. After this things started to go well, gor Jades shoot I knew she planned on heavily editing, creating a Kaleidoscope out of sections of images. So we didn’t worry too much about composition, but more about creating beautifully lit areas.

Jade is keen to edit this piece herself, she has a clear idea of what she wants to achieve so I’ve offered by help but she seems to know what she’s doing. So here are some of the original images. I will out the edited one up when she sends it to me.

©Daisy Ware-Jarrett
©Daisy Ware-Jarrett
©Daisy Ware-Jarrett

I am pleased with the images, I hope Jade is. I cannot wait to see what she does with them, it’s very exciting.

Martina’s Shoot, Images

The shoot went so well, we all had fun, and worked well together, Martina Told us what she wanted and stylised herself, I took charge of the shots themselves, lighting angles and exposures, and Jade was really good and providing input to what works well and what doesn’t. These are 4 images I think work the best and are the ones I will show to Martina, and as a group we can choose one to submit. Personally I will advise the first one be put forward, it fits the commercial brief the most i think.

©Daisy Ware-Jarrett
©Daisy Ware-Jarrett
©Daisy Ware-Jarrett
©Daisy Ware-Jarrett

I am really happy with the images, and from what I could tell so was Martina, which is the main thing.

Here are some of the making of images, ignore the disgusting hair on my behalf, it was a stressful day 🙂

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Elias Wessel

Elisa Wessel is a Visual Artist and Photographer. She started in 2001 and since then has created a great portfolio of work. The thing i love about her work is the combination of generic high fashion and advertising poses, make up and general styling, and how she combines that with brilliant lighting and editing to create stunning images that make you stop and stare.

Mert and Marcus

Mert and Marcus’ work is not what you would call ‘conventional’ fashion photography. There use of narrative and colours evoke a mysterious magical aspect that merges the border between Fashion Photography and Art Photography.

This image in particular has a lot of innocent themes, the bear being the most powerful. I don’t usually fall in love with Fashion Photographers work, I usually find their original ideas have been to compromised, like the theme could have been pushed more. But Mart and Marcus’ work does this.

I love this work, so much.

A variety of current commercial fashion Ads

Topshop spring 2009
Topshopspring-summer 2011
New look Spring 2010
River Island Winter 2011

Levis

 So the point of commercial advertising is to sell a product, but in this case it’s to sell the quality of the university, for this reason  i think the shoot will be more about aesthetics then concept. Maybe a slight narrative should be applied to gain a little bit of an edge. But light will be the main focus, creating a beautifully lit image, for this reason I should probably start looking at photographers who use light in different ways, doesn’t matter if its fashion or not.