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 →

Making photographs

When I was about 12, I had a cheap red camera for taking snapshots of my friends and family. In the early 1990s I got myself a compact black Olympus Mju II that took amazingly sharp shots as long as you weren't drunk and too close. At university I was the snapshot queen and my... Continue Reading →

Life drawing at 40 Winks

Last night I attended a life drawing evening at the beautiful 40 Winks with the fabulous ladies from Kink Ink. We were greeted at the door by Mr Carter in his top hat and, despite Rae's best efforts, were not put on the naughty list and so were allowed in. Just as well really, as... Continue Reading →

Finally catching up

My Flickr photostream has been sitting unloved for months now. Aside from a few scans of some lomo shots that I did when I was looking for images to illustrate a BitchBuzz article I was writing in January, I hadn't uploaded anything since August 2009. This afternoon I finally found the time to scan the... Continue Reading →

Happy Birthday Photoshop

Believe it or not, Photoshop is almost 20 years old. There's a very interesting article on The Guardian's website on how we learned to love Photoshop, charting its journey from software that fitted on to a single floppy disk to a verb that is often used to insinuate that all commercial photography now lies to... Continue Reading →

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