Can Scrunchies Make the World a Better Place?

7 09 2009
Viva Spandex!

Viva Spandex!

Some people complain about the fact that the 80s made a comeback and some are even outright livid that we are transitioning directly into the 90s.

But…fashion has ALWAYS done that.  And fashion’s not the only one…

I understand the idea that we all want to be surprised and why we love to see something original – but I don’t think that should preclude all of our desires – nay our rights! – to go back and play dress-up in our parent’s closets.  The very idea of playing in and experimenting with the different elements, i.e. the past, is what enables us to internalize ideas and feelings – to really “get it.”  And the more we “get it,” the better we incorporate it…Kind of a learn-the-rules-so-you-can-break-them approach.

Look at kids – they’ll go through a stage where all they want to do is put lids on pans, and that’s their sole life’s purpose for 3 weeks.  Then, on the 4th week, they move onto hoses…and so on.  They are studying and understanding the physical world around them by playing with all of the pieces and discovering all of the interconnections – the more obsessed they are with the inner workings of lids and hoses now, the better able they will be later to intuitively use them in some creative cure for cancer or perpetual motion machine that somehow enables world peace.

Fashion is one of the many parallel versions for adults – like a set of new toys that encourages us to keep experimenting and learning.  Fashion – well, most art, and even math and science, actually – is a combination of both the physical world and the cultures and histories that inhabit that world.  So, by going back in time and studying fashions and the environments that surrounded those fashions, we are, quite literally, trying to put ourselves in the shoes of others.  We are, whether we are exploring in movies, photos, costumes, or makeup, trying to get a better understanding of the past – or even a different culture from the present.  We are, essentially, trying to know what they knew.

So don’t get hung up on only doing something ground-breakingly original – stick your hands in all of the finger-paint jars and make something pretty.  Not everything has to be a masterpiece, and you have to have a little fun in order to make the world a better place…So get started!!

I’m sure there are people out there who have something worthwhile to contribute here – we’d love to hear your thoughts!  Talk amongst yah-selves dahlings….

In the meantime, be sure to hook it up so that you don’t miss out on any tantalizing tidbits… and you know they’re tantalizing…!


Project 365; Day 28: 9/6

6 09 2009


We can smell the fear…

25 06 2009
Violater3's Photo "An Unpleasant Sense of Fear"

Violater3's Photo "An Unpleasant Sense of Fear"

What sets good eyes out from empty ones is fear.  If you are afraid, you hold back, put up that wall, and that comes across as weak confidence, empty eyes, and a boring photo.  People want to connect, they want to see soul and link up to it – and if there’s a brick wall of panic in front of the model’s eyes – ain’t nobody seein’ or connecting to anything. So that begs the question, “How to get past the fear?”

I’ll keep thinking on this, but in the meantime – any answers?  Go ahead.  Talk amongst yah’selves….

You, Light up my Face

18 06 2009
Models - Look into the Light!

Models - Look into the Light!

Models – look into the light!

One of the things that I love about makeup and photography is the opportunity they both provide to manipulate and experiment with light.  Highlighting and contouring are obvious basics, and then you add shimmers to the mix, and you’ve got a whole other field of fairy dust to play with.

BUT – As much as I love to bend the light to my will, I – a mere mortal – cannot overpower it.  It’s still up to you, the model, to find that light, feel it on your face, and make the photo shine.

Photographers – you’re not exempt from this lesson.  You shouldn’t be constantly reminding the model to “Find the light, Find the light,” but an occasional redirection when they lose track in their creative stories will help fulfill your quota for photographic direction and ensure that you – we all – get a good image.

There are other areas besides the face that can play with the light, but none with features as powerful as the eyes.  It is imperative that we all work together to let those eyes shine and show off your bone structure – otherwise, the picture is a waste, with no emotional connection or background story.  Those eyes are like your cell phone connection to humanity from the desert island in the picture – don’t lose them, or you lose all communication with your audience!

Added benefits?  If you work it, that squint can make your eyes fierce.  And we all know how the modeling and fashion industry feels about fierce.