15 October 2009

State of Grace


GQ Style
(Fall/Winter '09)
Model: Scott Barnhill
Photographer: Guzman
Stylist: Jo Levin

(images courtesy of TFS)

Fashion illustration serves the purpose of depicting a look in its rawest form. It is the whimsical image of fashion from the point of view of the designer or the informed observer. It is by its very nature a fantasy, where the fluid lines and fluid colourings show more the concept and idea of a dress, rather than the dress itself in all of its practicalities and living form.

Juxtaposed to this idea is fashion photography, specifically the concept of the editorial shoot. Photography allows for a story to be told, for the fashion is given a context and situation in which it may then function. I am always drawn to shoots which have a strong sense of story for although that story may not show certain garments in the context of which they were conceived, it is the translation of those garments to the specific artistic context of an editorial that is so alluring. In certain cases story is constructed around fashion, whereas in others it is more a case of fashion constructed around a story. Both have their merits and indeed at times the two can merge, where certain pieces are given pride of place. Fashion obviously always expresses the story for it is indeed the point of the editorial, but it is a matter of whether it compliments or dominates.

I love the strong sense of story within this shoot, for the photography has a very expressive charm. The scene and photograph as a whole is just as important as the fashion contained therein, making a very strong photograph, let alone a strong fashion photograph. Although fashion photography can often seem a whole aside from other types of photograph, I truly believe that regardless of whether it be landscape, portraiture, fashion or any other type, they must first and foremost be good photographs.

I was particularly appreciative of the choice to shoot in black and white, for I find that this draws out the emotion of the shoot. I have always considered the black and white format as more emotional and expressive than colour, for with the absence of colour the main consideration becomes that rawest component of photography, that of light. This raw quality is especially powerful in portraiture for it truly can compliment the emotion of the model, as it does here. I suppose it can sometimes be the case that photographers make the mistake of choosing black and white without really using the format to its potential, or indeed using it as they would colour. Thankfully however I feel that this shoot really does help to convey one of the many reasons that I love the black and white format.

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xxxx

35 comments:

  1. Stunning, stunning photos. This is art.

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  2. what a gorgeous editorial...I agree with you about the b & w

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  3. Such character of the human nature. Someone I've always wanted to meet..but proably won't.

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  4. such fun with the umbrellas..but I wouldn't want to be in that situation. Great post!

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  5. Definitely, a certain emotion about it. Like something you could see in your own life, perhaps.

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  6. I think we'd all like to be a bit like that person..or at least fall in love with someone just so natural with the world.

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  7. Stunning photos. My favorite is the last pic with the guy sitting with the umbrella in the room. Awesome pic. Hope you are having a great day. :)

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  8. It's usually more intriguing when fashion is built around the story.

    P.S: Beautiful editorial

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  9. You're right, DK ~ these photos totally tell a story! Love GQ and this editorial!

    Fabulous post!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  10. Love the black & white too...hoping that I don't need the umbrella nor any leaks in my house during this upcoming rainy season...
    xo*

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  11. I always love love looking and black and white photos !!

    Really gives you a different feel to looking at them :)

    Love all those outfits he's wearing <3 <3

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  12. These are very beautiful photos. I love them all. I hope you've had a nice week. Take care. Enjoy Friday and the weekend. Cheers!

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  13. b/w photographs i find so fascinating (:

    xx

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  14. those are amazing pictures. weirdly enough, it seems to show something of the essence of my boyfriend's style. i have to send him a link..

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  15. Good photography. I immidiately got huge Johnny Depp vibes.

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  16. I definitely agree with your comments about b&w. I think some people use it to make up for their lack of any real concept and to make their pictures look "artsy." This editorial on the other hand, really gains something from it, since it already has a concept to be reinforced.

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  17. Gud and nice out come of photography ...tats all natural....

    Joliieess:-)

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  18. I love this shoot and I share your opinion on black and white photography. I've actually been seeing less of this in most fashion magazines lately... perhaps because it doesn't bring out the fashion aspect as much as they hope for? In any case, I do think that many people still don't consider editorials art or that of telling a story. I suppose it's also why many think that editorials don't represent what people would actually wear on the streets, when it's purpose isn't to depict clothes the way a fashion show does, but to add to , complement or dramatize a setting.

    Hope you have a lovely weekend! :)

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  19. these photos are so delightful! i love the dapper fashion sense here! =)

    http://pinkchampagnefashion.blogspot.com/

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  20. I agree about the black and white - it's so powerful.

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  21. I think you may have convinced me to get a subscription to GQ...this editorial is great!
    www.thefashionseen.com

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  22. Art in it's truest form. I love.

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  23. Love this! What stunning photographs. One of my favorite things absolutely is well taken black and white photographs!

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  24. oh no! an umbrella inside?! bad luck! haha

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  25. I also really enjoy editorials with a strong sense of story. This one reminds me of "the Dreamers." You know, a sort of run-down, beautiful home with quirky shut-ins...

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  26. photographs that can actually make you think and feel are always better than passive ones
    beautifully written, dapper kid. the second shot is perfection

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  27. Love the photos. He reminds me of Johnny Depp!

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  28. Man...the coats in shots 6 & 7 are dope. I'm loving the photographer's perspective...dark, but sensible. Amazing how he pulled it off.

    +8!3

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  29. Hi DK!
    I missed reading your well written blog :)
    I had taken some time out but now i am back and feeling energised!

    Great post and i love black and white pictures!

    Hope you have a great weekend :)

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  30. Extremely well shot. Love the pictures. :)

    Xx

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  31. this man is a beauty! wow. he is classically handsome with a johnny depp edge.

    x

    www.tittees.blogspot.com

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  32. Another beautiful editorial! The model reminds me of a Johnny Depp-esque. Those glasses and that hair. I also love how haunting and grunge these photos are.

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  33. So amazing. I lvoe black & white photos! Thanks for sharing :)

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  34. love this editorial. thanks for sharing!

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  35. Something about a well tailored Top Coat that just drives me. I dunno if its the fabric or what. Great post dapper!

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