Fashion Photography has a unique and effectuve way of displaying a narrative that can convey a message or a meaning through the uses of graphical codes, mise en scene, choice of location, angles and many more. Photographers like Rankin use icnoic photos from the fashion industry and recreates or gives he unique spin off to it as well as creating a more up to date and modernistic element to his photographs. Often to create appeal photographers create a fashion narrative with their photographs to convey meaning as a way of story telling through their photographs.
Here we have a four page spread of a very aspirational and dreamy location of a forrest. Almost Fantasy like the first picture cascaded across two pages is empty and has no animals nor people filming up the empt space. We open up the pages to unvail the four page spread of this location but elongated and filled with models blending in to the scenary almost as though they were made for this specific location. Some models are using the scenery to create a narrative, however some are placed there and posing in a typical model fashion which makes it look quite obleak in contrast to their location and fellow peers. This could reflect the discourse between society and that some people are willing to corperate and be at one with nature and some stand out in a place and environment like this due to their understanding of it all. The way the new layer filled with people is revealed is in a way that invites into this now totally transformed environment de to all the models coming in and bringing a different vibe and atmosphere to the forrest and this could reveal or more deep and sinful message.
These set of images play around with the ideas of surrealism and the modern and urban environment. Rankin and his understanding of fashion photography and it's purpose, will be deemed to have a lot of knowledge about the urban environment around us and how modern day society and the whole idea of this 'acid' culture can be reflected through surrealism and trippy illusions through the camera lense. This fashion narrative explores the ideas of the urban life lifestyle and what that entails. These pictures reflect our youth culture and explores the freakishly weird ideas and obsessions of our society today, sown by using surrealism to give the effect of acid trips and washes.
Midcentury American Illustration
Leif Peng is one of many people that created great illustrations in America in the Mid-century alongside Norman Blackwell and many others that told stories through their work. Peng is a Canadian Cartoonist and Illustrator who has created artwork such as book covers and logos designs for many corporate clients including big names like Nintendo. He started his career maing illustrations for The Saturday Evening Post and Esquire and other well known magazines at the time. He very quickly became short of ideas however, after creating his blog 'Today's Inspiration' this allowed him to engage with his audience as well as producing new stuff. He was very much interested still on the business and learning about classic magazine images from the mid-20th century and how they were so great and rememberble. He has now dedicated his life to interviewing and researching artists and illustrators from that time period to create interesting contewnt as well as inspiring to create his own.
Often illustrators of the mid-20th century depicted and drew people that often were seen in a normal or mundane scenario. I wanted to capture photos that showed people in their true light and unveiled a natural but yet something exciting in the picture that made it pop and a little over the average. these pictures are filled with happiness and are taken at unique perspectives and viewpoints to capture a different insight and view to the picture. these are some pictures i take of people caught of guard and in the moment to create that very organic and capture the raw emotion of people in the moment of doing things that they really love.
Revolution In The Head
This rock and roll era was reflected in design and art by the influence of the societal and culture coventions and events happening in that period of time. There were Liberal values & affluent rich youth and conservatives politics and protests. There were plenty of civil rights movements that stood up for injustice like Martin Luther King. The 60's had a lot of nuclear conflict as Vietnam war began and disrupted a generation. They started to produce a lot of 'modern' posters and substantial packaging due to their crash and desperaty at the time. There began this counter culture, whole new artists flooded the industry such as We Wilson a major figure. He used a lot of complimentary colours and were very organic in taste. Victor Moscoso did very lucid work and was inspired by Wes Wilson. He introduced imagery to his work which was seen as very innovative yet unusual in the 60's. Artist Bonnie McLearn did similar things with more subdued colour. The magazine 'Oz' began to transform in this era because of the influence of the 'hippy' culture. In Britain we were a lot more slower to catch on to this wave of art because of our own experiances in life at the time. There were a lot more freedom and creative as well as showing Sexual liberation and being Arug fueled.