Why This is Fashion Photography
Some people will be raising an eyebrow - possibly two - when they see photos of mine like this pop up here and there. After all, I like to think I’m a fashion photographer, and everybody knows that. I want to be thought of that way too.
But here’s the thing: every fashion photographer is first and foremost a photographer. Whatever they take that isn’t fashion is going to inform to a greater or lesser degree what they end up taking down the line. Everything. That’s how being a photographer works.
So what about this one?
Well, the first thing to say is that I found it while out looking for locations for my next fashion shoot. I loved everything about this scene so I gobbled it up. Many photographers would have passed it by (and many others probably are at this very moment) but hey, this is what I do. Just like when I’m getting hired for a job the client’s decided to choose me and not someone else.
The next thing to say is that if I ever get asked to shoot a lime-green dress I might suggest a grey background. But not just any grey - maybe grey going slightly mauve. The stylist or client may ask: “Why do you want it slightly mauve?” And I’ll probably answer: “I dunno. Just trust me.”
Anyway, this is one of several “fashion” photographs I took that day. One of the others was round the corner from this one in Carnaby Street. I posted it on Twitter yesterday and a nearby Chinese restaurant saw it and invited me to dinner (thanks guys!)
That’s never happened to me on an actual fashion shoot, so I guess that’s another good reason I’m glad to have taken this picture.
Olypmus OM-D, M.Zuiko 75mm f1.8 (efl 150mm), 1/80 sec, f2.8 @ 1000 ISO