“It’s all very English and very ordinary: a family on a day out taking delight in the simple pleasures of an ice-cream, which they appear to be enjoying more than each other’s company. The picture is very funny, but also a little sad.”
This photo, taken by Martin Parr in 1994, has a lot more depth to it than one would originally think. Reuel Golden’s comment on the image explains this perfectly, and puts words to the meanings of Parr’s image. The fashion shown here is very typical of the 90’s: the mom jeans, baggy shirts and sensible flat buckled shoes. Parr has used flash in the image, which has meant that the people within the photo look superimposed into the image – giving it a surreal look and making the image look more like a painting rather than a photograph.
“One of the photographer’s most famous pictures. The image is a take on the fashion industry and its obsession with using very thin models who border on anorexia. Note how the fabric has been clipped together to accentuate the girls slenderness.” – Ruel Golden
Although I don’t like the photograph visually, the semantics of it are extremely powerful. As Ruel Golden said, the aim of the image is to portray a message -that the fashion industry pushes models to the extreme, especially in regards to their bodies. This image (titled ‘Feeling Hungry’ taken in 1995) is part of a series alongside ‘Dead Fashionable’ (see below).
“A clever title and play on words, with dead meaning the obvious as well as the more slang “very much so”. The photographer here is making the point that the fashion industry will do almost anything to remain fashionable.” – Reuel Golden
These photos are designed to show the fashion industry in a negative light – presenting it’s ‘true values’ and Rankin’s feelings in the form of these photos.
This photo is timeless. Taken in 1997 by Annie Leibovitz, Nicole Kidman looks like she hasn’t aged a day. Her porcelain skin stands out in the image, especially in contrast with the black jumper which, as it stops at the top of her thigh, accentuates her figure and is really very flattering.
“There’s not a bad way to photograph her” – Annie Leibovitz
Nicole’s piercing blue eyes stare right through the camera and make the image that bit more personal to the viewer, giving them the impression she’s connecting with them, whilst the expression on her face and her relaxed pose highlights her natural beauty.
“the way Nicole Kidman looks from behind when she walks away, for instance. The way she stands. Not many people are good at standing.” – Annie Leibovitz
Originally called Insomnia Café, then renamed Friends Like Us, finally the hit TV sit-com was named Friends and I couldn’t imagine it any other way. I don’t know about you, but I have never met anyone who doesn’t like the programme. Based in Manhattan, New York, the friends (left to right) Phoebe, Ross, Rachel, Joey, Monica and Chandler are followed for 10 seasons as Rachel goes from a runaway bride to a mother of one, and Ross goes from being married to having three failed marriages, amongst many other dramas…
Every person can relate to a character, for example Monica’s the excessive cleaner with the need to succeed at everything; Chandler’s the funny one with an answer for everything; Ross spent a lot of the seasons running after his childhood love, Rachel – the “hottie with the hairdo that inspired a nation”. Then there was Joey with his catchphrase “how you doin'” and last but not least – Phoebe the spiritual, crazy blonde.
The show had 63 wins and 172 nominations across the globe from Jennifer Anniston winning a Golden Globe in 2003 for ‘Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series’ to being the ‘Best Foreign TV Program’ in Sweden – winning the Aftonbladet TV Prize four years running (2000-2004).
I did a shoot and taking inspiration from the picture above, I dressed my model in ‘mom’ jeans (seen to be worn by Phoebe, Rachel and Monica), a white crop top and white converse (seen on everyone’s feet in the 90’s, including Kurt Cobain – lead singer of Nirvana). The crop top and converse give the outfit a sporty edge, and so I wanted to create a fun shoot with a bit of attitude to show the clothes in the best light. The photos can be seen here at Charlotte Hilton Photography.
The 1995 film Clueless, written and directed by Amy Heckerling, follows Cher – a rich high-school student played by Alicia Silverstone – as she tries to boost the popularity of new student Tai, actress Brittany Murphy.
Cher tries to find a romantic partner for her teacher, Mr Hall, after he gave her a C in her debate class, in the hope that he will boost up her grade. Meanwhile she befriends Tai as she transfers to Beverley Hills and takes on the ambitious task of giving her a makeover and trying to set her up with Elton (Jeremy Sisto), however Tai begins to get feelings for “skateboarding stoner” Travis (Breckin Meyer) – making this difficult for Cher…
It is thought that Clueless was loosely based on Jane Austen’s 1815 novel, Emma – “a novel about youthful hubris and the perils of misconstrued romance”, and is now the inspiration behind Iggy Azalea’s new song Fancy featuring Charli XCX – proving how influential it is almost 20 years later.
The 1995 film was also inspiration for my latest shoot. Taking ideas from white knee high socks and tartan skirts, I gave Cher’s look a modern tweak and teamed it with a high-necked, black long-sleeved crop top. (See the picture on my Charlotte Hilton Photography page)
The 90’s fashion has been captured perfectly in these pictures. The editorial style of these photos is what first caught my attention – the different angles and use of colour make the photos stand out and give them an edge. Photographically, this image is my favourite. The black and white and high contrast accentuates the different textures within the image. The hunched-over shoulders give it a grungy look and the rule of thirds splits the image up equally, drawing the eye inward to the model. However, I think that this image shows off the fashion of the 90’s incredibly well. The orange of both the sign, the top and the wall bring all elements of the image together, and the blue of the flared jeans brings out the blue within the sign. High-waisted trousers, flairs, bright colours and flat pumps were very typical of the decade…
Firstly, I’d like to start this post in a way of an apology! Sorry I haven’t posted anything in a few weeks, but the pressure of Photography coursework, exam results and a part-time job all caught up with me! But now, I’m back, and I hope to be posting at least once a week…
Now, 1995 seems to be a big year for music. On October 2nd, Oasis released their second album, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?, which makes it as a number one single in several countries around the world – contributing to it eventually becoming the third best-selling album in the UK. EVER! One of my first ever posts on here was titled My Mad Fat Diary (read here), and states how important Oasis were in the 90’s (and still are today) regarding their influence on music. The album cover for (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? is of two men (DJ Sean Rowley and album sleeve designer Brian Cannon) passing each other on Berwick Street in London’s Soho – chosen as the street was a popular location for record shops of the time. The album’s producer Owen Morris can be seen in the background, on the left footpath, holding the album’s master tape in front of his face. This image has become one of the most memorable and well loved album covers of its time. The photographer has used a slow shutter speed, in order to achieve the blur and sense of movement between the men, and a small aperture so that the entire photo is in focus.
On November 6th 1995, Cher released her first album in four years, It’s A Man’s World, which got it’s U.S. debut in June 1996. Cher had a massive influence on music as well as Oasis, with her starring alongside Christina Aguilera in Burlesque in 2010. Queen also released their final studio album that included contributions from all original members – possibly explaining why it went on to sell 20 million copies worldwide.
However, 1995 wasn’t all good. On January 3rd 1996, Madonna went to court to testify against her stalker, Robert Hoskins, who was shot by a security guard outside her home in Los Angeles in May 1995 for trespassing on her property and threatening to marry or kill her. Cheerful!
The Spice Girls were probably one of the most influential girl groups of the decade, releasing Wannabe in 1996 (which remains the most successful song ever performed by an all-female group), as well as other hits such as Say You’ll Be There and 2 Become 1. The group formed in 1994 and were together until 2000, however they then reformed in 2007 – only to split up again a year later. Although, in 2012 they did make an appearance at the closing ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics, and it is believed it was the last time the Spice Girls will perform together as a five.
Their debut album Spice sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. According to Rolling Stone journalist and biographer David Sinclair, “Scary, Baby, Ginger, Posh and Sporty were the most widely recognised group of individuals since John, Paul, George, and Ringo”
Mø, the 25 year old Danish singer, recently covered Say You’ll Be There and performed it at The Secret Garden Party in Abbots Ripton this weekend.
The novel Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding, 1996, follows Bridget Jones, a thirty-something, single woman who lives in London in the 90’s throughout her struggles of maintaining a job and finding a man. Since 2006 the novel has sold over 2 million copies and, as the Telegraph put it, “Fielding’s success in the 1990s meant that Bridget Jones came to define the Chick Lit phenomenon”.
Many parallels can be found between this book and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, most noticeably between Fitzwilliam Darcy and Mark Darcy. Also, Helen Fielding has said in many interviews that Bridget Jones’ Diary was based upon both Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and the 1995 BBC adaptation of it. The decision to cast Colin Firth as Darcy reflects this as he played the ‘real’ Mr Darcy in the BBC adaptation.
The Telegraph describes the third new novel Mad About the Boy perfectly, saying “And Bridget also finds herself having to compete in a vastly changed, less innocent world; as one blogger has put it at the weekend, we were all “drunker, thinner, richer” when Bridget started in 1995 – a pre-9/11 age where the housing market was starting to boom, being able to dial 1471 to find out who had called your landline was a thrill and (try to explain this to the twerking generation) a man getting out of a lake in a wet shirt could be seen as the erotic moment of the decade.”
Does this show us, in this decade, in a positive light? Or does it make us reminisce about the “good old days”, when people were more easily amused, and the smaller things made a person happy….?