While in the waiting room at the hospital, I was looking for something to read.
The only thing they had was a super thick Vogue magazine.
I grabbed it and started to thumb through it.
I thought it would be interesting to look at the photographs. I tried to guess where the lighting was placed by looking at the reflections and tones. But one thing I noticed on page after page was that the models looked unnatural. I would even venture to say that they looked like corpses or zombies. Their eyes were airbrushed with dark circles. Their faces were expressionless. And their poses were a bad impression of a mannequin.
I wonder why that style is so prevalent? Perhaps it is just the current fashion that most are copying right now. Or perhaps to be taken as serious art, the models must look serious. Maybe the models should be thought of like an inside-out version of a solid black frame displaying a colorful oil. Either way they were unattractive and awkward to my eyes.
Something else I thought about was that the photographer was never mentioned in the photos. It would certainly be hard to gain any recognition as an artistic photographer. Meanwhile the clothes designers name is plastered all over. Doesnt that make sense though if the magazine is helping to sell the clothes and not the photos. I wonder how much input the fashion photographer really has anyway. Correct me if I am wrong but fashion shoots are a big production and are run by the art directors. I fear that some photographers only credit is to push a button at an opportune time. Well I would certainly like to hear some stories or personal experiences.
In any case they should really plan these dr. visits better to keep my mind wandering so much.
That's the bit I would hate. Can't see what kind of lighting was used!
Originally Posted by darinwc
A big soft ring flash.
Originally Posted by David William White
It was by reading the magazines in a waiting room of my local hospital I found out about the loss of the Titanic !
You need to post that on the joke thread! LMAO!
Originally Posted by benjiboy
I agree on the poor art direction. I have no eye for fashion, but photographically speaking, I prefer the old-playboy natural look....natural lighting, natural models, natural grain....
I also used to read RideBMX magazine in the late 90s. Good action photography, a good amount of black and white, and photos were always credited, and often even had exposure data.
A model is just a clothes hanger with a pulse. Such creatures are always subordinate to the rags they're shilling, and perhaps the zombie bit is just the look de jour.
With attention spans approximating those of a fish, the likely client for "fashion" needs to be seduced to even bother to look by whatever visual trick can be invented. I predict that models will pose as crime scene victims at some point in the near future when common sense and minimal taste has been completely abandoned.
"A model is just a clothes hanger with a pulse. Such creatures are always subordinate to the rags they're shilling, and perhaps the zombie bit is just the look de jour."
Boy if I had only known the requirements for modeling when I was young, I coulda been a star.
(imaginary scene) art director: "OK, now look awkward and out of place, good now hold it right there"
-Well I got THAT covered!
You missed the Kate Moss era ... :p
Originally Posted by jovo
Guy Bourdin was massacaring his models in French vogue with gay abandon in the 70's....nothing new, not to mention the heroin chic look about ten years ago..... you guys ought to get out a bit more. grunge, EMO, gangsta.....mysogny has ruled the fashion world for a long, long time.......and contemporary fashion photography absolutely stinks to boot....can anyone name a single decent contemporary fashion shooter?????