Reuel Golden on Martin Parr

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“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.

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F.R.I.E.N.D.S

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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.

Let me know what you think!

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