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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Reuel Golden on Rankin

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“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).

Dead Fashionable

“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.

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Nicole Kidman by Annie Leibovitz

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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

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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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Clueless (1995)

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.

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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)

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“My Girl’s a Tomboy” by Maggie Dylan for Yen Magazine

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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. Tomboy-3However, 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…

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Kate Moss

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This photo of Kate Moss shown in a 1990’s style leather jacket inspired me for my own photography.

The black and white effect and the high contrast makes the image dramatic and eye-catching – with the white background making Kate Moss stand out. This is something I have recreated in my own photography, and although my image is in colour, the colour scheme is very neutral and has a blue tint – giving it a cooler colour.

My photo inspired by this can be found on the page Charlotte Hilton Photography.

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