Many people have asked: "What do you look for in a model?" I say: "Uniqueness, confidence and beauty."
Uniqueness, because it's no fun photographing a face that we've seen before. Of course people don't look exactly alike, with the exception of identical twins, but some tend to be simular to someone else. You know the I've-seen-it-before feeling one can have? The unique faces catch your eyes, just as I want people's eyes to catch my photographs.
Confidence, because without it you can't open up yourself to the camera. You can't move around as if I wasn't there because your too aware, and too shy, of the camera. It should be natural, not fake. You should be dancing as if you're the only one. You know what I mean?
Beauty. Do I even need to explain myself?
So I'm going to present some of the models I'd love love love to shoot.
Lily Cole. You might know her from the movie The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassuss. Her red phenomenal hair, and doll face are such a beautiful combination. She often stars in many of Tim Walker's photos and magazines such as i-D, Harper's Bazaar.
Ash Stymest. This British little rascal seems to be one of the most confident boys in front of the camera. He makes every photo shoot a game, in a good way.
Arizona Muse. A girl who really lives up to her name - a muse is what she is. Amazingly gorgeous with looks to kill for.
Abbey Lee Kershaw. Australia has many many beauties. I liked her much better with ash blonde long hair rather than platinium blonde. But she still rocks everything so I guess it's okay.
Andrej Pejic. Yes, it's a man, not a woman. Andrej is the definition of the androgynous. And he is beautiful as well.
Bambi Northwood-Blyth. Yes, an Australian again. This time it's the deer of the fashion world - Bambi. She's got the most gorgeous eyebrows ever.
Charlie Westerberg. A Swedish model! Seen him on the catwalks when I was photographing the shows at Stockholm Fashion Week.
Charlotte Free. She coloured her hair pink after a break-up with her boyfriend and then got scouted by a model agency. Funny world we live in.
Visited my beautiful friend Isabelle and her new and oh so pretty horse Nitch. I can't believe it has been so long since I used to be in the stables so very often, taking care of the horses, riding and everything that comes along with a little horse crazy girl. Anyway, horses are beautiful.
This week I have been working at Scandinavian Photo, and now I'm enjoying the last few days of Easter break by doing... nothing and listening to dream pop in the meantime. And it's really really nice.
I've written about this British gentleman before. However, I think he deserves a slightly more diverse post, don't you think? During lunch today with Josefin we both agreed that he is perhaps the most digitally oriented fashion photographer we have right now. I'm talking about Nick Knight.
"What? Isn't everybody digitally oriented these days?" You may think. I think not. You'd be mindblown if you only knew how many campaigns, editorials and other stories that have been shot with an analog camera. Take the most recent Celine campaign by Juergen Teller, it sure isn't very digital. Not that it's a bad thing, personally I think both analog and digital fashion photography can be quite stunning. But photographers tend to choose one of these medias to pursue persistently as their profession (they might use the other as a hobby). It is also what defines their style.
But to simply divide the fashion photography profession into two blocks and put Nick Knight in one of them would be unconscionsable. He doesn't simply use the digital media, he embraces it and takes it to another level. He blows our minds with his diverse art. Let me give you a quite stunning example. I suppose you all are familiar with the recent Lady Gaga video Born This Way? Who do you think was the director?
Well you get it. Whether you like Lady Gaga or not (I admit, I'm an avid fan) one have to admit that visually, the video is a masterpiece. And it's also not just one of many videos that Nick Knight have directed, although I think this is the only music video. He worked with designer Alexander McQueen for the presentation of and campaign for his legendary and also what sadly became his last full collection: Atlantis ss10.
Basically, Nick Knight has reinvented the fashion photography by making still photography moving. By creating fashion movies for the likes of Gareth Pugh or music videos for the oh so fantastic Icelandic lady we all know as Björk he constantly challenges our view on visuals. Below you can see some stills from the Gareth Pugh video. The pictures were published in the British Magazine Dazed & Confused. But I suggest that you also take a look at the video.
But above all - he is the creator of SHOWstudio, the studio responsible for the cover of Robyn's Body Talk, In Fashion Interviews with people like Mary Katrantzou, Richard Nicoll, Stylebubble and Tim Walker. It is also the home of Fashion Film. Giving opportunities to common but fashion interested people to take part in the process of well... visual fashion by showing videos behind the scenes or perhaps interviewing people within fashion. SHOWstudio quotes Nick Knight: "SHOWstudio is based on the belief that showing the entire creative process from conception to completion- is beneficial for the artist, the audience and the art itself." To put it into less formal words: He makes fashion more accessible for the poor souls like us that haven't got the pleasure of seeing the magic happen - for real. And thank god for that.
Back on sunday!!!!
Cut my hair today. And I got this amazing new hairstylist who knew exactly what to do with my hair. Which is kinda hard if you've got loads of curls but no way to handle them! It's not as short as the pictures show, some of the hair is pulled back with pins.
Do you know that I have a LOOKBOOK ? I've been idle the last months but going to put some new outfits up from now on, do look!
Happy birthday to me!! Now it's finally my turn to turn eighteen and according to the law - I am now an adult. And do you know what... that's bullshit. I'm going to stay childish forever. And to celebrate that I am going to see a long awaited band: Noah and the whale!! Might see you there!!
This is what happens if I open up Photoshop in the middle of the night and start meddling with photos. I probably prefer the originals but I like the retouched ones as well, I'm a sucker for colour, as you all probably know. The model is my partner in crime, Josefin.
The last couple of days have been a-mazing. Wish I could tell you about everything but I fear that it would take too long to read so I'm keeping it to myself. Here's a couple of pictures instead.