"Reveiws"

Fashion In Magazines {AnOther Magazine}


After arriving at the Brooklyn Museum on Saturday and finding out that there was a 2 hour wait just to get a ticket to the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit I decided to switch my second review on fashion in the galleries to fashion in magazines instead. I am an avid supporter of fashion magazines and where I hope to find myself working one day but sometimes it can be so disappointing to flip through a publication and feel like you just looked at a ton of ads with little to no artistic merit or value. That however was not the case when I purchased this quarter's issue of AnOther Magazine. Sporting an adorable Mia Wasikowska on the cover clad in sequin tennis shoes, sequin eye-shadow and what seems to be her sitting on a massive canvas piled on top of several mattress like a modern princess and the pea I was immediately drawn in. It only got better as I proceeded to open the pages to the first editorial displaying accessories and make-up products in one of the most interesting and what I'm sure was difficult display I've seen in quite a long time. I love how by having these items balancing on strings and thin steel supports the products become extremely precious and other-worldly; I have never been so mesmerized by a tube of lipstick and the strings of a shoe. 


A few pages deeper and I came upon the first human including editorial although I'm not sure I can call this woman a human when she is clearly more of an undefinable creature. Whether she came up with the poses herself or was given instructions by the photographer to be placed in these contorted and often tension building shapes I fucking love it. I think that this is such an incredible way to photograph clothing that gives it a new life that one may have not originally expected. It gives the pieces a story beyond the material. It gives them an emotional and psychological moment. Maybe not one that you have experienced or are willing to admit experiencing but it is something that strikes you and makes you stop and think:

 "What the hell is happening here and why do I love it so much?!?"


Yet another beautiful editorial of warped and deflated body positions that make me want to stop writing right now and go take some photos of myself like this. I think what it is that draws me so much to these photos is that I feel so strongly when I see them. It riles up something inside of me that a photo of a model plainly standing in a studio with the same clothes on simply wouldn't do. There's aggression, exhaustion, tension, stress, anxiety, constriction, force and balance to be found in these editorials - things that I feel are missing far to often in fashion editorials which is a shame because the clothing is being shown is an expression of all of those things and more and the photos should be communicating that. 


About halfway through AnOther I came across this very different yet extremely pleasing editorial telling the story of poetic and badass relationship between four teenage girls. Every single photo is so killer I can't even stand it. Once again tension, love, jealousy, support, sex and attitude - all of the things that I know we all felt as teenagers at least once if not more so. In every single way this story is perfect because it is a story. I went through such a range of emotions as I turned each page, immersed myself in each image. I understood these girls relationship by the end and had to go back several times to relive it once again. If that's not the definition of a good editorial/photo/art piece then I don't know what is. Also who wants to stand in a staircase with me and take a photo of us eating each other's hair???


Then came this extremely lovely story about a girl in her garden entitled 'I want to BLOSSOM in this area of my life: _____'. Now THAT is a compelling tagline. Every photo was more or less the same when it came to the set up and location but the styling was so incredible, so unexpected and riveting I couldn't contain my joy and may have squealed a little when looking at this on the train. The models strength, courage, hard work, dedication, persistence and unapologetic confidence blew me away and maybe reminded me a bit of myself. When a photo does that to you then there's something to be said about it. 

 

Last but certainly not least I came to my last favorite editorial of this month's AnOther. A story telling us about why Rick Owens after two decades in creative control of his label is unafraid to cause a cultural storm. If you are aware of the latest Rick Owens show last season then this is no surprise to you as the models in this editorial seem to be the same models that did a step-dance on the runway for him in Paris and damn do they look good. Posed nude with chiaroscuro lighting to reminisce baroque painting techniques not much is displayed other than shoes and leather head dresses yet I feel like I understand what Rick was trying to say at his last show so much clearer now. Not that there was a mis-communication before as this is clearly a step forward towards movement, pure, unadulterated life and real fucking people wearing real fucking clothes that aren't only designed for sample sizes and bone thin mannequins. Bravo Rick, I applaud your cultural storm and support you 110% of the way, especially if it comes in jaw dropping imagery like this.


 That said there is clearly more to AnOther this quarter than just these select snippets I decided to share so I highly recommend that you save up $20 to go out and buy yourself a copy. It is far a few these days that you come across a fashion magazine so compelling and enchanting. I hope to see much more of this in the future and if not then I hope to be that change I wish to see in the fashion magazine world. Fashion may seem like an empty industry that is about nothing more than materialism and superficiality but it's magazines like this and pictures like these that prove there is art to be found within it. 

Interview with KMarie Photography

Kaylin Amabile of KMarie Photography is someone who's work I came across sometime this summer and have not been able to keep myself from facebook stalking almost every day since then. Her work is some sort of magical. It is not to the extreme that is Tim Walker's fantasy sets but more humble than that. She finds whimsy and wanderlust in her backyard, down the street or in abandoned buildings. Each photo is like an unspoken secret that she is sharing with the world. Recently she has begun a new polaroid series that has taken this idea of unspoken secrets to a whole new level of conceptual simplicity. I have been so inspired by it that I felt compelled to contact Kaylin for an interview feature here and gladly she agreed.
Your work has this magical tinge to it, like you are bringing a daydream to fruition. How do you prepare yourself for each shoot? 
It varies depending on what I am shooting. For some, during the “conceptualizing process” I have a notebook full of 2am sketches and doodled words/lyrics/emotions. I tend to create a character in my mind and find the person to embody her and go from there. Then other times that person inspires their own character. There’s been many shoots (with my fab MUA, Jessica Jennings) that have flourished from nothing into some of my favorite images. On those shoots (and maybe even the “prepared ones” ) I can get a little scatterbrained trying to grab at the ideas that are floating around my head, I usually use more hand gestures and sounds than words that are found in the English language haha! Thankfully I work with some amazing people that can practically read my mind by now and they are a huge part of the evolution of series as well.
All of your photos are very conceptual which I think is great and something we need to see more of in fashion photography. What comes first to you, the idea or the clothing? 
The majority of the time the idea controls the clothing; my mind often sees concepts as the emotions I want to create from them first so sometimes I have a hard time visualizing the clothing, although there is something special about walking through the racks of the local thrift stores and seeing stories waiting to be told hanging before you.
What sort of things would you say influence your photography the most? 
Oh my! That’s a tough one! I would say one of the biggest influences would be music, specifically moments and memories attached to the songs that sooth when I am feeling the need for creative or emotional fulfillment. It is usually then, in that darker moment (or the literal darkness of 3 am) when some of my best concepts have emerged.
How do you feel not living in a major city like Miami or New York has hindered and benefited your work?
Since I am still just starting down the path of fashion/conceptual work , I don’t think I have really seen its effects either way. I am definitely not a “big city” girl, although it has its appeal, and most of the time I feel even less of a “Florida” girl haha I am unsure with what direction I’ll evolve in as far as the industry goes. I suppose as I continue grow I’ll get a better feel about where the most beneficial place for me will be.
In this new polaroid series each photo of a photo has this conceptual fragility to it. They are each so perfect with the items you surround the photo with yet every image is still very humble. To say the least I would want every single photo printed and hung on my bedroom walls. What inspired you to begin this series? 
You’re too sweet, thank you! Prior to getting the Instax I had made a commitment to challenging myself daily, creatively. I had been feeling a bit stifled and needed to do something to change that. I had no idea the instant film would be such a quick fix and so welcomed! I wanted to create the magnitude of the moment that a plain image of the polaroid alone couldn’t capture, so I started experimenting with photographing them on backgrounds of similar colors and eventually it evolved into them almost having their own private worlds. My hope is to eventually make a book of my favorites, so I’ll be sure to let you know when that happens!
Congratulations on your one year anniversary of beginning KMarie Photography! What can we expect from you in the next year? 
Eep, thank you! So far I have some fantastic editorials planned with some new and old faces, a book cover coming out for up and coming author, LK Gandy, as well as an image in an exhibit in Italy (for Vogue Italia and Nespresso) and hopefully some more publications in between! My main goals this coming year are to refine the surreal/conceptual styled images, dip into the world of film, (I have a Yashica Mat-124G waiting to be loved) and just getting out there to shoot, whether that may be documenting lunch or a full-fledged editorial. This year I want to remind myself to continue to view the world in different ways, to keep in mind waiting for “perfect” can often be more time wasted than it is worth because beauty is in the raw and real. I think every moment I can be out in the woods, in my “travel room/studio” or in some random parking lot with someone, is a moment of opportunity to create unhindered. I know I say this often so I hope it still holds weight, I am forever thankful for all the support, love and incredible relationships I’ve built, especially this year, and the responses and welcoming arms of the stories and images that I create, it truly means nothing short of the world to me. And thank you Ashley for taking the time to feature my work, (this is my first interview ever!) I am honored to be a part of Elegant Idiosyncrasy!

To see more of KMarie's work you can follow her facebook page here.

The Madness Ceases {Almost}

It is 48 hours post-Basel and I am finally starting to feel like my normal self again. By day 7 I had gotten so sick that I had to spend half of the time sitting down but it seems that now I am getting 8 hours of sleep and eating regularly my body is starting to forgive me for working like a mad woman. There is however some great news to come about this experience I had at SCOPE but it will have to wait for now. In the meantime let me give you a bit of a rundown of my experience during my last days of Art Basel: I was within arms reach of Rick Owens and his marvelous wife, I got some super sick magazines that will be getting their own post very very soon, made many new friends were met and old ones reunited, the art was marvelous and I am feeling more ready for New York than ever before. This week is my last week in Miami before I graduate and leave for the Big Apple so I am trying to spend as much quality time with my friends as possible since I'm not sure the next time I will be able to come to Miami again. Bittersweet. On Wednesday I will be attending the BFA juried exhibition reception that I was selected for by David Castillo so if any of you are in town and want to see some inspiring up and coming art please come out, there will be free booze and cool people, you can find the flyer below. Other than that I have collected all of the best snapshots that I managed to take in-between working, my sincerest apologies if they really aren't that good but I thought I'd rather show you that than nothing at all. 

Photo by Daniel Stranahan

Un-related to my SCOPE experience below is some art painted by the very talented Jesus Caseres from photos that I took with Octopustudio over 2 years ago. 
He recently posted them on his instagram and I thought they were too beautiful not to share. 

Art work by Jesus Caceres


And for those of you that are going to be in town on Wednesday please come by the Frost Art Museum to support the graduating artists of FIU.