Fashion Photography

Although many of these images aesthetically pleasing, I do not feel they portray a sense of a story or background to make the image deeper that just a photograph. I felt the strongest image was when the model was positioned on the bench facing towards the camera as the light reflects the innocence of face and her expression – lips slightly parted and eyes opened wide seemed to reflect a caught off guard sense. The monochrome lack of colour creates an emotive contrast between the light and dark, especially in the image with the model looking out of the window with light reflecting onto her face, but a lot of detail is lost in the underexposure of her hair and the photograph could have been made stronger by adjusting the light or lighting her from behind to allow the minute details to be picked up.

I felt some images lost power and effect by the positioning of the model in the frame, in many I have cut of part of her face / hair / body and although in some images this presents a sense of ‘what else is happening outside the frame?’ in many it makes the image weaker and distracts the focus from the main subject of the image.

It is for this reason, that I find I cannot connect with my images surrounding the theme of ‘Fashion Photography’ and have decided to move towards a more emotive idea. (see ‘Change of Direction’ )


artist research

Jeanloup Sieff 

Jeanloup Sieff, a fashion photographer, developed an interest at the age of 14 when he received a Photax plastic camera and began his work within the fashion industry in 1956. These images for Haper’s Bazaar immediately drew me in, the depth of the black and white, especially the image below, creates an incredibly intense balance of texture and contrast and the shallow depth of field in the bottom image ensures the model is the main focus point producing a powerful fashion image. I took inspiration from these images for my own photographs {shoot 2} ; cropping the image close to and not entirely featuring the whole model for a sense of intimacy. As the images were taken outside, I had to work to manipulate the natural light to enhance the model’s features and in a similar way to Seiff’s images, I combined texture and contrast to add a new dimension to the images.

Within this shoot, I tried to emulate the washed-out colour theme and over exposed light areas that drew me to the below Vogue image. I chose to use a female model and clothed her in an outfit that I felt complemented the environment I shot her in. I feel this works best when she is in the cornfield surrounding as the contrast of the neutral dress and nature and her dark hair depicts different emotions in the image.

My personal favourite image is the photograph when the camera is positioned furthest from the subject and allows 3 elements to be included within the image – the sunburst of light contrasted against the light blue sky (top)  / the strip of dark trees (middle)  / the sandy neutral colour tone of the field at the bottom of the image.

Although I wanted to have a washed out style image produced by film editing, I feel as though it distracts from the clothing and model, which therefore makes the image weak as a fashion photograph. I also think positioning the model distanced from the camera there is an expanse of focus on her surroundings and less upon the model herself.

Artist Research

Corinne Day is a British photographer whose influence on the style and perception of photography in the early 1990s has been immense…

Second Nature

Corrine Day – Second Nature

It was this stunning Vogue image that gave me inspiration for my first ‘fashion photography’ shoot. I was immediately drawn to the bold, powerful line through the image, juxtaposed with the fragile model, who’s fragility is reflected in the delicate leaves surrounding her. The way the branches of the tree bleed into the edge of the image creates an ambiguity, the viewer tries to read out from the image and a sense of depth is created; this is more than just a photograph to advertise a dress, it symbolises the vast and ever-growing nature of the fashion world. The use of light is another feature that makes the image so powerful, the somehow intricate yet harsh light infiltrating through the leaves and ground enhance the model’s pale skin tone and a balance of green and white creates a beautifully simplistic and enchanting image.