Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Our little "FACTORY" - Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick

This year Halloween comes on a Wednesday but the weekend preceding this goolish night was a perfect excuse for us to 'practice' for the big day.
We had a pumpkin, which is a necessity, and all the beauty equipment we needed to make ourselves the scariest of creatures. But we thought we must leave this fun for Wednesday. So! The decision was made and influenced by the 60s music in the background, we became Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick.
Here we present the outcome of the night. Photographs are an interpretation 'my own version' of famous pair's photos with few of our own ideas thrown in.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Waterloo Bridge

Waterloo Bridge, architecturally not very attractive structure but this spot in the heart of London has probably most amazing views of a cityscape.

On the west side the views contain the tourist and politics mecca Houses of Parliament, London Eye and South Bank Centre. And on the east side constantly developing cluster of financial skyscrapers.

The west side view is particularly striking. It is a very romantic surrounding therefore showing this to someone special is highly advised and it is also very inspirational hence it has appeared as a setting for one of our posts. 

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Tim Walker: "Story Teller" - Somerset House

Greatly awaited exhibition, Tim Walker’s “Story Teller”, is finally open. Like every admirer of Tim’s work we ventured to Somerset House to experience the works of one of the famous fashion photographers this world produced.

We entered the first room of East Wing with expectation that most of the props in his photographs were a digital creation. But to our surprise we encountered a real size spitfire made out of polystyrene and fiberglass, used in the photo shoot for British Vogue 2009, which triggered a notion that the rest of his work is done the same way. Progressing onwards in the exhibition aforementioned notions were true.

Because of the presence of props materials and installations the exhibition evokes a feeling of being on a photo shoot set during which you can develop an understanding on how an image in a magazine editorial comes to be. This is also emphasised by enlarged storyboards from an editorial for Italian Vogue, where intriguingly scary giant doll was used (the storyboards can be seen on the photo where Ewa stands next to the giant doll).

When researching further about the exhibition I found that this show is really all about set design and close relationship between Tim Walker and set designers.   

One might argue that props draw more interest than the photographs but I think they give an insight into the process of photography without revealing every secret of the trade in addition increasing admiration for a photograph. 

Ewa with a giant doll from Vogue Italia editorial

"Like a doll" - Lindsey Wixon 2011

Audrey Marnay 2011

Monty Python 2009

Fantasia on neutical theme 2010
Giant TV Vogue 2008
Malgosia Bela, Skeleton Harper's Bazaar 2009
Malgosia Bela Vogue Italy 2009
Albert Elbaz New Yorker 2009

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Midnight jog in heels at Alexandra Palace.

When you find yourself in north London and see most of it at once you are probably at Alexandra Palace place beautiful during the day but intriguing during the night. 

Sunday, 14 October 2012

The Little Black Jacket - Saatchi Gallery

"Chanel's The Little Black Jacket" exhibition - Saatchi Gallery Styled by Carine Roitfeld and photographed by Karl Lagerfeld

On October 12, 2012 ‘The Little Black Jacket’ exhibition opened in Saatchi Gallery. Incredible homage to a fashion classic that is a Chanel jacket supported by 109 celebrities actors artists singers and models.

As Coco Chanel once revolutionalised female fashion, now the fashion house Chanel under supervision of Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld, revised this timeless classic.Coco Chanel, in her time, has taken pieces of male fashion and incorporated them into female attire. Now Lagerfeld and Roitfeld have reversed the phenomenon by dressing men in this timeless jacket.

The exhibition will last until October 28 therefore be quick to visit Saatchi Gallery near Slone Square and do not forget to take a look at ‘Yoko Ono: The Story Of My Long Life’.

Uma Thurman
Carine Roitfeld
Freja Beha Erichsen

Anja Rubik

Yoko Ono: The Story of my long life