I just saw this trailer of the new movie adaption of the book Wuthering Heights. And I just have to share it with you. To say that I was impressed would be an understatement. And this is just one of many classics being adapted right now. 2012 will be an amazing year I think. We'll see Leonardo Dicaprio play the great gatsby, Hailee Steinfield as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Anne Hathaway as Fantine in Les Miserables and Helena Bonham Carter in Great Expectations. I. am. thrilled.
Dishonesty. And lack of self-preservation.
Which person would you like to photograph most?
Sure do. I'm a big big fan of Mad Men and Game of Thrones. And right now I'm following Pan Am, Glee, Terra Nova, New Girl and How I Met Your Mother.
How do you edit your beautiful photos?
Ah haha, I wish I could sum it up in just some sentences. I can't. It's a big process, and it differs from time to time. But I do edit in both Photoshop and Lightroom.
What is your best advice to not give up, feel unsuccessful and tired of your own photos?
You will, at some point, feel like you're not getting anywhere and that compared to others, your photos are nothing. I do lots of times, but I have kind of turned it around and I view it as a challenge and think: "Yeah. They're better than I am. Then I just have to work harder in order to get there." And that motivates me a lot. Nobody starts off with photography and takes brilliant photos without any experience at all. We all need practice.
Your three favorite photoshoots?
These three I think.
Is it any photography sites you get inspiration from? Except for those photographers you've already featured.
Fashion Gone Rogue and The Fashionisto is my daily photography inspiration. Otherwise I follow some fashion tumblrs who are really really good.
I saw this editorial a couple of weeks ago. I was mindblown, this is deadly beautiful. Shot by Steven Chee.
This editorial shot by Greg Kadel remains one of my absolute favorites, ever.
I probably should rename this to For the love of short clips but, ah whatever, I love these moving images to death.
If someone asks who snatched the bigger part of the campaigns this seasons I'll answer not just one but two photographers: Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott. Shooting for Miu Miu, Cavalli, Gucci, Calvin Klein, Stella McCartney and many more they have definitely marked themselves as one of the leading photographers in the fashion industry.
Mert and Marcus met in England in 1994, went to clubs, dressed up and took silly pictures of each other in their studio. These silly pictures proved to be well... not so silly. "We did some tests, and some were cool, so we showed them to Dazed and Confused and next thing you know they had published them." Says Mert Alas in an interview with Time Magazine.
They're known for taking glamourous fashion photos that somehow sticks with you, even after just looking at them once. Constantly contributing to Love Magazine (my favorite magazine right now), Vouge and many other magazines you've probably seen their photos quite a few times.
Their best campaign work is, if you ask me, their Givenchy campaigns. The first one, aw10, featuring widely different models, daring colours and flawless lightning. The second one, ss11, featuring two androgynous models in a ghost like appearance.
One of my absolute favorite editorials is from the issue of Vogue Paris, 90th Anniversary. There, the two photographers visualise Masquarade ball. It's very very beautiful, I suggest you take a look at the whole editorial. It features models like Lara Stone, Mariacarla Boscono, Crystal Renn and many others.
However, as you probably know I'm an avid fan of colours. Therefore I really have to show this photo with Guinivere Van Seenus. Flame red + sky blue = super gorgeous. Anyhow, I'm really looking forward to see more work from these two. It seems that they are what we call - Dream Team.
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.
I mean, look, LOOK! Solve Sundsbo captures magic here. It's entralling, magical, enchatning and oh, so pretty. I really really wish I could shoot like this.
I remember being so jealous of this girl a day in August this year when I was standing at the front row and saw when she got to dance along with Belle & Sebastian at the Popaganda festival. But now, it's okay. You see, her blog is one of my favorites. She dresses so incredibly nice and her blog makes me kind of happy whenever I visit.
Zhang Jingna is a constant contributor to various fashion magazines at an age of only 22 with Singapore as her base. Her obsessions are designers like Ann Demeulemeester and Alexander McQueen, photographers like Paolo Roversi and Peter Lindbergh, music like Sonata Arctica and Dir en Grey. And she's a pretty much amazing photographer.
XVII is a blog written by a pair of amazingly pretty twins. They take pictures of their daily life and the blog is very smart, not too much text, but a lot of photos.
I don't understand how one could possibly begin to describe Sandra Beijer's life. It's as life should be. A pretty boy, long nights out and a wardrobe that you'd die to have. Also she writes the lovliest posts sometimes, about love, about life and about those teenage years you'd rather forget.
Joey Lawrence is the master of the light, or at least the strobes. He mostly works as a commercial photographer, taking the campaign photos for Twilight for example. But the photos that are the most spectacular are his own private photos that he takes in widely different countries, like this one above. Which makes his blog an essential one. I swear to god that his photos from all these countries are so expressive and brilliantly executed I feel almost worthless with the lights when looking at this.
Beata is so very very creative. I absolutely adore her series about the magical box. Right now she's studying photography in Gamleby. Visit her blog. It's lovely.
Thank you all for the suggestions! I wish I could feature more blogs and perhaps I will in the future. Some of the blogs you suggested were already on my subscribing list, some were not. There is a lot of pretty blogs out there, you should all check it out.
So this post is dedicated to Nick Knight, whom I admire quite a lot (read: admiration is an understatement = I'm constantly obsessing over his photos, over and over again). He shot many different shoots that I can't get over - like the ad of Alexander McQueen's last real collection, or the cover of the album Homogenic by Björk. He's a constant contributor to Vouge UK and to my inspiration. Among Paolo Roversi and Tim Walker he's one of my favorites. And yes! He makes movies! Very short but super pretty ones.
(Okej jag funderar på att gå över till engelska helt och hållet eftersom jag har lite lättare för att skriva på engelska, känns mer bekvämt. Är det en dum idé? Eran åsikt spelar supermycket roll så eh, säg om det är dumt!)
Det finns fotografer som jag sitter och håller lite på. Som jag verkligen vill skriva något om och verkligen bara säga hur mycket jag avgudar deras fotografi. Steven Meisel är en av dem. Egentligen så är ju det inte så konstigt att jag skriver om honom, jag menar... han är ju en legend. I alla fall inom modeindustrin. Men det är inte därför. I början när jag först hittade hans foton så såg jag en editorial som kallades Supermodels enter rehab som jag inte riktigt visste hur jag skulle ställa mig till, på vissa sätt så är den grotesk men åh, kontroversiell är den i alla fall. Sen dess har han alltid väckt lite uppståndelse, i alla fall hos mig. Men idag så älskar jag hans foton. För han är ju speciell, den där Meisel.
There's photographers I'm sort of holding on to, waiting for the right moment to write something about. Steven Meisel is one of them. I adore his photography and really, it's not very weird that I write about him. I mean, he's a legend, at least within the Fashion Industry. But that's not really why. In the beginning when I first saw his photos... I remember it being an editorial called Supermodels enter rehab, I didn't really know what to think of it. In some ways it's rather grotesque but oh, it's very controverisal. Since then he has always moved me in some kind of way, both good and bad. But today, mostly good. I love his photos and honestly, he's quite special, that Meisel.