Friday, 29 January 2010

Idealize or Fantasize

In 1972 Burt Reynolds appeared in Cosmopolitan magazine lying naked on a fur. It was the first of its kind and was somewhat ground breaking in the representation of men in popular media, however it was deemed highly inappropriate. Women were able to be viewed in a similar light, and were seen with acceptability. I feel it was the dominant men of the time who would cast out such imagery of the male form.
Today there are plenty of magazines that feature womens fashion and fashion in general. With men's fashion orientated magazines at such a low and other publications orientated around sports and sex i question whether men are able to idealize instead of fantasize. Is it possible to present hetrosexual men with a magazine based around them, their fashion and their bodies without them in someway wanting to fantasize over it thus putting their sexuality into question?

The Importance of Teamwork

So I've been trying to distract myself all day, thus the new look blog and the various posts, and it's time for another one. I'm putting this picture up of the team from my shoot on Wednesday. It really shows how important teamwork is in producing a good shoot. I had originally planned to use two other models but one pulled out for work and there must have been some kind of 'miss communication' with the other. However, I spoke to Paul the night before and he gave me the all clear and because Kyle was on hand I was able to use him as a second model. I was working with Roseanna Velin for the first time, and she's a fantastic MUA so it was really wicked having the opportunity to work with her. Then there's Poppy, without whom i'd surely be lost. If it wasn't for Poppy I probably wouldn't even be doing photography!

Cropped tops for men this summer... if only

I was looking at Romain Kremer's Autumn/Winter 10/11 collection and although quite a lot of it looked like something a mad doctor from a sci-fi film would wear, I thought there were some really striking pieces. I really liked all the cropped jackets and tops he had. Although I think it would look great, I doubt the world of men is ready to show a cropped section of their stomach this summer. Although, V neck lines have got lower and lower, there may still be hope!

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Fearful Façade

For almost 200 years the dress of the Enlgish gentleman set the standard for all nations. Where as women like to follow the latest trends men stay firm and almost seem fearful of the change. The gentleman's appearance was that of 'country pursuits' and had to be functional for a variety of causes. In today's societ no such practicality is present so I question what it is that keeps men's fashion so rigid? Is the modern man's centre the office?(research source:Colin McDowell's the Man of Fashion)

The Hanged Man

So this was my first shoot for my latest project. This isn't the final image but it's one I thought I'd release. The models are Kyle Perks and Paul Og and the fantastic make-up was provided by Roseanna Velin!

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

And so it begins...

Today is the day I start my asceticism. The word asceticism comes from the Greek Askein, which means to practice a skill or art. I find this relevant in context for the reasons I'm chosing to do this. Asceticism is voluntary self-discipline which can come in many variations. Because of my situations I shall not be going for the all out Buddha version but my own defined type.
I shall be having reduced sleep, refraining from sexual pleasure, food and a variety of other distractions. I do this, like many before me to seek a higher spiritual ideal in relation to my current Tarot card based photography project.
I want to be more than a photographer, or at least to not make photography a career choice, so I decided to become more actively involved in the creation of the images. When dealing with something like divination this seemed like the right choice as many ancient diviners such as shamans would have done similar things.
Forms of asceticism are also present in modern media, in one way or another:
The Elric brothers Ed and Al where sent to an island for a month with nothing but a knife. They were told to find the answer to 'One is all, and all is one'. At first they had no food, so this bodily deprevation to seek an answer before their eventual training is a form of asceticism.
In Fight Club people come to join Tyler in his mission. Tyler tells himself 'The applicant then waits for 3 days without food, shelter or encouragement. He may then enter and begin his training.' Once again we are shown a form of asceticism - Space monkey, ready to sacrifice himself for the greater good.
By having an altered perseption I hope to be able to come up with original images that come from within rather than gathered from other places. I seek the origins of imagery and the capture of human form. These are the reasons I am chosing to do this, and I hope I manage to stick it out, without it getting in the way of my other responsibilities. This world we live in can be so constricting.
It's only after you've lost everything, that you're free to do anything

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Howl's Moving Castle

The following are the images from my latest University project based around Howl's Moving Castle. It was a difficult shoot but I got there in the end.

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