September 26, 2012
even meaning to, but it just goes to show that these types of photographers (I’m generalising
here of course, just because I don’t recognise you doesn’t mean you’re a bad photographer)
do not look at what the photograph and therefore end up acting as some kind of paparazzi
gathering around her to shoot. It must have taken her about twenty minutes to walk fifty metres.
And this is no unusual sight in London either (and I’m sure at all the international fashion weeks).
guests were standing, she casually just stepped aside- took her camera out, and joined in the fun.
surprised by this amount of attention. In a baseball cap, with an on trend sports jacket over your
shoulders and big expensive sparkly earrings- you didn’t? This was her first international fashion
week she has come to and she’s come to shoot streetstyle for her blog. She said it was good being
photographed internationally because then yes, people might recognise you and would see that
you meant business. Because you were photographed for international magazines and websites?
successful if they are photographed in expensive clothes outside internationally famous shows.
against a playful spurt of self-promotion and putting-yourself-on-the-map-ness, but this is to
the next level.Do you need any talent, have you done any hard work to be photographed?
Not really. Sure you bought the clothes but that’s your business. The most awful thing, I think,
is that it works. People are impressed by your photograph being on a famous website, and
yes somehow you do get some invisible credit for it. But why? I think this is what confuses
and angers me most, why does it?
you out of the crowd. It’s a guilty pleasure. You want to be part of the group. The cool crowd.
The cool-fashion-exclusive-super-duper-amazing-polished-perfect-expensive crowd. It is the
dream, the spectacle, the fantasy of fashion itself- just not on a runway, in the bloody street!
Fantastic! It’s like making the runway come to life if everyone wears it- the fantasy becomes real!
it, but so what? It’s fun- it’s fashion week. It’s the time where everyone can play up to that ideal of
fashion, pretend we wear these clothes everyday. What I (and you, and we) must not forget is that
most people who see the images these photographs produce, do not necessarily work in this
business, and it’s our on-duty time where we can, I suppose, make them believe the myth- live
up to our hype. We are creating a false reality for others to look onto.
photographed in them. We must not forget this is an industry which is hugely based on
appearance and so everyone tries to look their best. Fine. No problem. That can be filed under
What I’m really glad about is that I spoke to that girl, as it did make me realise she was
just someone trying to get noticed within a very competitive industry, but is that the
right way to do it, even if it is the most obvious?
pin point it more. I don’t think I would ever be able to say everything I have to say about
this as I think it spreads far beyond mere streetstyle photography. But maybe (lucky you)
I’ll have a few more ideas by the end of the week in Paris. Please do let me know what
your thoughts on streetstyle are!