Fashion brief I have chosen to do the word 'hidden’ for slave magazine Karolina Giediminaite
Slave magazine is a new interna<onal online photography, art, culture and fashion magazine that stands out from the crowd; every issue is eclec<c, authen<c and full of diversity. Several fashion stories are presented within each issue of the magazine. They are looking for a fresh new fashion story to run in the next issue. The editor will be par<cularly interested in the overall visual quali<es of your 3 ﬁnal outcomes as submissions for publica<on in the magazine. I have chosen to do the word 'hidden’
Bruno Dayan took the ‘unknown’ photograph. The background color and what the model is wearing are similar colors, which mean that the atmosphere is somber. This creates a calm and relaxed feeling; however it also creates a sense of mystery, the photograph contains simple and muted colors. I believe that the photographer and the model don’t have a personal rela<onship. As the model is not looking at the camera, her face is completely hidden and not visible. The photograph captures the emo<onless, dark, cold, depressed feelings. These kind of photographs ﬁt in with autumn and fashion, it combines them together in a drama<c and powerful way. This photograph has been taken in a very easy and simple was, nothing is too over powering and everything is muted, simple and calm. The subject maNer of the photograph is a women who maybe dead or is just lying on the ground is surrounded by leaves. Her skin looks very pale, which raises ques<ons such as why is she there? What is she doing there? Is she s<ll alive? The muted colors create a feeling of anonymity of the model. This creates a cold lifeless feeling when looking at the photograph. This photograph has been staged and the model is a stranger to the photographer. However the photograph could be staged to recreated a dream or vision that the photographer had. What I speciﬁcally like about Dayan’s photographs is how he captures the dark, sad emo<ons. I explicitly like the way Dayan has captured fog that was liRing due to the <me of day or the fast change of weather. The white loud adds to the overall feeling of the photograph by making it dreamy soR and fantasy like, nothing is sharply in focus which make is like a very soR calm fantasy. The posi<oning of the white cloud/fog makes me ques<on myself whether it has been photo shopped there or was it there in the scene originally.
What I speciﬁcally like about Dayan’s photographs is how he captures the dark, sad emo<ons. I explicitly like the way Dayan has captured fog that was liRing due to the <me of day or the fast change of weather. The white loud adds to the overall feeling of the photograph by making it dreamy soR and fantasy like, nothing is sharply in focus which make is like a very soR calm fantasy. The posi<oning of the white cloud/fog makes me ques<on myself whether it has been photo shopped there or was it there in the scene originally. I like the way that this photograph shows emo<ons and fashion come together, the simple plain dress doesn’t over power and s<ll keep the image very muted. However other people could maybe not see the same thing that I see, or they could interpreted in a diﬀerent way which means that the meaning of the photograph would be totally diﬀerent meaning that they might not like it. Il have been inspired by the darkness and anonymity by making colors the colors of my images muted and not over powering. In the photograph I have taken I will try to use similar techniques to try and achieve the same emo<onal feeling like Dayan has achieved. I want to explore the sense of emo<on and ,darkness but also a sense of angelic calm innocent beauty . I want to make the sadness in the photograph look heavenly and beau<ful with the addi<onal of fashion and glamour. I would like to explore how I could glam up emo<ons and . I want to create a response from the viewers that is strong and imagina<ve .
Marie Hochhaus does her photographs outdoors more than she does in the studio. This creates a natural ligh<ng and a colder and sadder feel to them; the models look like they are dead in the photographs that are taken outside. Some of the photographs look like they are from a childhood memory like the model in the photograph is photographer when she was liNle. This could suggest that she’s recrea<ng good or bad childhood memories. In most of Marie Hochhaus photographs is the same young model which to the viewer could suggest that it could be a self-‐image and how she sees herself when she was younger. Also the model in Hochhaus photographs doesn’t smile or make a lot of eye contact with the photographer this suggests that they don't have a strong rela<onship or it could also suggest that the photographer is trying to show the unsociable atmosphere
My original inten<on in taking this par<cular set of photographs was to explore the theme that I have chosen which is a fashion them. I have chosen to explore and experiment with the word ‘hidden’. I have looked at diﬀerent meanings behind the word and what could it imply . When I ﬁrst chose the brief several ideas have come to mind such as just hiding one or several parts of the body. However I have chosen to do a photoshoot with hidden meaning to them, I decided to do this because I want the viewers to all have their own way of interpre<ng the image. I didn't’t want to make it obvious what was hidden or covered up in some of the image. I also like the idea of looking into the darker side of emo<ons and death. I have also explored ethereal the child believe that if the face is covered they can not be seen. This is explored in the images where my face is hidden. My ﬁrst set of photographs was taken in the woodland on a cloudy rainy day. I didn’t use a tripod to stop camera shake , however as it was a very dark gloomy day, I used a high ISO number with high shuNer speed and the Aperture and to be changed when taking each image due to the not even amounts of light being in every sec<on of the woodland. Overall I am pleased with the focus of most of my images some of them could have been more in focus. But what I think is that the photographs that are not in focus add to the feeling oﬀ anonymity. I am also pleased with the weather and the atmosphere that I was able to capture in the images. Second set of photographs that I took were taken in a graveyard, this is where I have gone in depth into the emo<onal dark side. Those photographs have a symbolism of a graveyard which in its own way has objects hidden like bodies underground. This in it self creates mystery . It also symbolizes a death of one thing and a new start, new life being born. For my 3rd and ﬁnal set of photographs I took them n the black studio, this allowed me to have control of the ligh<ng which meant that I could take photographs that where very well lit with a deep shadow . I don’t like the way that some of the woodland photographs have turned out because in some of them the exposure is too high making it to light and in some its too low making the photograph too dark. I think when I do photographs in a dark area next <me I will have to take more care when I adjust the camera seYngs.
Lloyd K Barnes
The photograph that Lloyd K Barnes has taken has a very dreamy surreal, quality whiles capturing a sad feeling. The model has a vacant stare in her eyes which has a hypno<c eﬀect on the viewer. There might be a false rela<onship with the photographer because the model is looking into the camera but the stare is quite cold and emo<onless to show any true feeling towards Barnes. The make up on the model’s face has hidden all real emo<ons and the intended emo<on was drawn on. This creates a frozen eﬀect where no maNer what the emo<on stays the same, the ﬂowers in the photograph reﬂect on the elegant beau<ful side of life where as the face is very sad and distorted. Barnes photographs have all been taken in a photo studio. In most of them the subject maNer is been skulls, make up and beauty this is a reference to the day of the dead. The colours of the photograph are all very similar and the background is muted. This photograph isn’t recreated it’s staged. All of his photographs are of portraits. The photograph could suggest how life and death come together and how it becomes a part of everyone whether we want to accept it or not, this is what the ﬂowers on the models head suggest. They are all diﬀerent colors and shapes that can represent all living things. What I mostly like about K Barnes photographs is the colours that he uses to capture something that people see as a nega<ve; upseYng and disturbing thing in such a beau<ful and simple way. On the other hand the photographs could also represent how beauty ages and how people are s<ll beau<ful even when they get old. It represents growing old gracefully. I have been inspired by Lloyd K Barnes work to cover the face in not material but in paint or something light, so that the facial features were s<ll visible. This would bring art and photography together into an interes<ng ��and unique way where not one photograph would be the same. When I take my photographs I am hoping to be able to capture the same level of elegance and deep emo<on that Lloyd Barnes has achieved in his photos. I am planning to capture the delicate beauty that can be shown with a mask on the models face. I also want to capture the cold and lifeless feel that some of the Barnes photographs have
Miss Aniela creates her photographs to be fantasy like, she uses very natural colours such as gold, silver and bronze. To some viewers this work might be disturbing but on the other hand to other viewers this work would represent and relate to the experiences that they have had. The mist eﬀect creates a sense of the unknown. It also creates ques<ons such as why is it there?, where does this kind of photograph belong? The red background of the photograph creates a sense of danger and it can represent blood and fear. It can also represent passion and lust.
My original inten<on of taking these set of photographs was to explore diﬀerent ways in which fashion, memories and emo<ons link into one ; represent us in everyday life. I have looked at a few diﬀerent techniques and photographers to help me show and create the atmosphere of the images that I was hoping too achieve. For my ﬁrst set of images I think that I as successful in crea<ng the hidden meaning. In my second photo-‐shoot I have decided to cover the face to represent a mask that some people put on them to hide their emo<ons. A mask also represents a hidden iden<ty .The gliNer on the face represents the beauty that the society expects to see. Over the past few years more and more young people are commiYng suicide because they have been bullied due to them being ‘too preNy’ that’s why I have decided to have the gliNer as black and red because both of those colours associate to danger and death, however the color red also represents passion and lust. As the photographs develop I decided to remove some of the mask to reveal the natural skin, this represents that we are all the same under the masks that we put on and that beauty isn’t just skin deep. I think that my ﬁrst idea into doing fashion with a hidden meaning concentrated more on the fashion aspect of the brief, which didn't turn out as well as I wanted. Some of the photographs I took were too blurry or out of focus or dark , this mean I had to go out again and take another set of photographs. On the other hand I would say that the photographs for my second idea have been more successful because they represent more of what I wanted to show to the viewers. However the black photo studio was not the ideal loca<on. I was planning on taking my images in the white studio so that they images would be properly exposed. But I also wanted to create drama<c shadows which I wouldn't’t have been able to achieve to the level that I did in the black studio if I took the photographs in the white studio like I have planned. Overall I am happy with the outcome of my photographs, I think that they have represented my ideas well. I have also achieved what I wanted with the emo<onal and memory side. Even though some of them photographs were not up to high standards I went out and took more photographs in the desired <me of the day to achieve maximum atmosphere in the image. I also think for my second idea I have become more conﬁdent and had a beNer understanding of what I was doing meaning that those photographs are stronger than for my ﬁrst idea.