Exploring Creativity: The photographer

The first 2015 interview in my series on creative careers is an in-depth discussion with Idil Sukan, who is a photographer working in entertainment and the Creative Director of West London agency Draw HQ. She has been the official photographer at both the Edinburgh Festival's Fringe and the British Independent Film Awards. Her portfolio ranges... Continue Reading →

Other side of the line

When I was living in Manchester, I met lots of wonderfully creative photographers via the analogue 'mother' of Instagram - Lomography. One of those photographers is Vanessa Short who is now working on a fascinating personal project documenting the coal miners who returned to work early, breaking the 1984-1985 strike. She is looking into getting... Continue Reading →

Molly’s Daily Kiss at Sh!

One of the many benefits of knowing so many talented and creative people is that I get the chance to cheerlead for their exciting projects. On Friday night, I had the pleasure of attending the opening of a lovely little erotic photographic exhibition called A Taste of Molly at the ever welcoming Sh! in Hoxton.... Continue Reading →

Fashion Theory: Analysing images

Part 2 of a 6-part series on aspects of fashion theory, specifically cultural studies and object analysis. Written partly to reassure myself that I do understand the concepts and partly to help clarify things for others, this post is based on notes I took during a lecture at London College of Fashion by Dr Agnès... Continue Reading →

Fashion Advertising vs The Real World

Models don't have to wear skirts that ride up, sleeves that are too long, or garments that aren't made to measure. Models don't have to worry about clothing being unflattering when they're sat down, or crumpled when they stand up again. But that's because, while they're working, models don't live in the real world. During... Continue Reading →

Photography for beginners

I wrote about my own photographic journey last year, but I've only ever given advice when someone has asked for it. After spending a day with my trusty Lomo LC-A and comparing notes with a friend on Twitter who was wondering why her shots always ended up disappointing, I decided to jot down a few... Continue Reading →

Fashion shoots and controversy

The Vigilant Citizen has, this weekend, flagged up a 'disturbing' photoshoot for Paris Vogue which uses child models. Whether or not featuring children in photographs for a women's fashion magazine is appropriate, I'm not sure that I would describe the images as disturbing. Photographers and the magazines they work for like to find a theme... Continue Reading →

Time for a break

Lunar New Year LanternsOriginally uploaded by lipstickloriBack in 2005, Topper and I went to Hong Kong for the first time. It was around the time of the Lunar New Year celebrations, so I got plenty of photos of the beautiful red decorations and we really enjoyed the wonderful fireworks display over the harbour. It was... Continue Reading →

Naughty Red Riding Hood

On Sunday I had the pleasure of taking part in a dark and twisted bedtime stories-themed photoshoot. I was Red Riding Hood and Topper was the Wolf - our friends Claire and Benjamin were Sleeping Beauty and the Prince. We'd all rehearsed performances for later that evening, but the shoot was to capture the essence... Continue Reading →

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