European duo René & Radka—René Hallen and Radka Leitmeritz—have long been known for their dynamic fashion and editorial photography. It is with their lush sense of lighting and color that they tackle a watery work of imagination in their newest series, Under Water. Sinking beneath the depths, René & Radka’s young subjects are suspended in an ethereal wonderland, seemingly adrift and dreaming in the dark and colorful waves. A perfect blend of fantasy and technical prowess, Under Water’s sleepers have truly fallen through the looking glass and passed into another world.
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A stretch from the typical Halloween costume, these homespun high couture outfits were shot for Oh Happy Day, a party and lifestyle blog based in San Francisco. Each ensemble transforms children into fashion giants ranging from Anna Wintour to Bill Cunningham. The mini mavens were shot by Sarah Hebenstreit of Modern Kids and full tutorials to disguise your own kids in vogue can be found here.
London-based photographer Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz has come up with quite the new fashion in his reimagined tribute to 1940s pin-up models, Milky Pin-Ups. Referencing vintage pin-up paintings from the late calendar artist Gil Elvgren, Wieczorkiewicz dressed the models in real milk, orchestrating splash after splash. The final ensembles are incredibly impressive and a product of meticulous layering of hundreds of photos of the milk in its various flight patterns. There’s no denying it this time—milk, it does a body good.
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We recently spoke to London-based photographer Jim Naughten about his stunning portrait series of the Herero tribe members of Namibia.
How did this series come about? What was your inspiration?
“I traveled in Africa after finishing college. I bought an old motorbike and more or less stumbled across Namibia on my journey. It was instantly spellbinding—the extraordinary landscapes, the colorful and varied inhabitants and their surreal and often brutal history. I photographed the same tribe back then with my old film camera but always wanted to return to make a more extended project. I’m fascinated by history and often choose projects that make connections with the past.”
How did you put the project together? How difficult was this aspect?
“I decided to work over a four month period up to the point where the large annual Herero gathering and festival happens, by which time I should have met and photographed a lot of people. I worked for a few months trying to get some good contacts which was surprisingly difficult, but eventually found the only Herero owned tour company in Namibia who provided a car and guides, and most importantly, local knowledge. My assistant came courtesy of Manchester University where I had lectured, and they have a work placement scheme so they sent them to me. We bought some tents, packed up the cameras and flew to Windhoek.
“It was quite physical, camping every day, driving thousands of miles, working every day in the heat and dust, cleaning and charging the cameras, putting up the tents, cooking, cleaning, looking for subjects, photographing, then putting up the tent again and so on. If you throw in a few scorpions and the odd angry elephant it’s quite a tough pace to keep up for four months. My assistant was great though and kept us laughing all the way.“
How did you come up with the visual approach?
“I first saw some Herero women walking across the desert outside Swakopmund on the Skeleton Coast and the Namib desert. This image was seared on my mind and I always wanted to make the pictures in a similar manner. I wanted to use the desert as a kind of backdrop, which suggests a sense of timelessness, ambiguity and space, and at the same time throws all the attention on the subject. It’s a surreal story and I think the images reflect that.“
Do you know how the subjects feel about their portraits?
“Strangely it’s more difficult to get the work seen now than it was fifteen years ago, when I could give polaroids to the people I photographed. This time it was digital capture, and very few people I photographed had email or access to computers and they are so spread out. I would love to go back with some prints at some point. There were some excellent comments from Herero people who have seen the exhibition though, which I’m very happy to read.”
This post was contributed by Guy Merrill, Art Director at Getty Images London.
This series asks the question “What is the importance of clothing in our modern society?” How you dress is who you are. When you dress statues, suddenly no longer are they simply reclining figures from the distant past, they now look to be figures from modern and hip cities of today. Because they are made relevant to our current styles, we can see the realism and humanity in each figure.
After spending a day at the Louvre in Paris, photographer Leo Caillard had the genius idea to dress classic statues in what he calls “hipster” clothing. These nude statues represent an ideal iconic figure, a concept of perfection. By clothing them, Caillard is addressing the power of representation.
To make these images, Caillard first photographed the individual statues. He then casted people who had the same body shape as the statues. He asked them to dress in “hipster-style” clothing for the shoot. He photographed the models in studio matching them with the position of the statue and using the same lighting. In post, he combines both photographs to make his final image.
Feature Shoot Contributing Editor Julia Sabot is the Associate Photo Editor at Dwell.
The clubgoers’ fake eyelashes, their hair extensions, the tattoos and character goods that cover their bodies seem almost to infinitely breed and multiply in a motley riot of colors. Since ancient times, wearing bright colors and ornaments has been considered an effective way to call down luck from the spirits, who are said to be attracted to such brilliance.
Could our modern-day basara, then, be like the shamans of yesteryear, channeling the gods and spirits of this megalopolis who have long ceased to call to the humans who live within their ken? If so, will these shamans indeed be able to bring supernatural blessings upon Tokyo, now in the fast-dwindling last days of our fossil-fuel-based civilization?—Yoichi Nagata
Japanese photographer Yoichi Nagata captures Tokyo’s decadently dressed clubgoers in his ongoing portrait project Star of the Stars. For the past five years, he has taken over 600 portraits, bopping around to clubs and parties with his portable studio in tow—a black cloth and fluorescent lamp—shooting 20 to 50 people a night. Tokyo Decadence, a popular event organized by a Frenchman living in Tokyo has become a regular spot for Nagata to photograph.
The clubgoers’ fanciful garb covers a wide range, from Western influenced festish styles like bondage and S/M to more regional Japanese looks like Gothic Lolita, sweet Lolita, cyberpunk, and angeler (we’ve decided to show variations of lolitas here).
Nagata considers his subjects to be modern-day versions of basara or kabukimono. Basara, a Manga story from the 90s, and kabukimono, the wandering, masterless samaurai from medieval times, are both known for their rebellious, liberated spirit and daring dress and behavior.
We’re pretty excited about Dutch photographer Viviane Sassen’s new book In And Out Of Fashion that combines 17 years worth of her fashion photography. Published by Prestel, highlights include campaigns for fashion powerhouses Carven, Stella McCartney, Adidas and Missoni, and various projects and editorials shot for magazines Numéro, Double, Another Magazine and Dazed & Confused.
The book features 250 color plates displayed in varying sizes and formats; a detail that seems to emphasize the vastness of Sassen’s career. The work is alive, fearless, visionary. She excites us with her clever juxtapositions and shapes, her creations of complete and fragmented beauty. The book is energetic—the pages almost seem to turn themselves and you get the feeling that Sassen’s ideas never stop, that she is always thinking of something new and more adventurous. A detailed chronological overview of the work is displayed in the back, and much appreciated.
As always, whilst you’re hunting for something, you inevitably stumble across something else that’s really great. I love this clever homage-to-Picasso fashion story by Eugenio Recuenco. The Spanish photographer is something of a renaissance man; besides photography, he is well versed in film and has even collaborated on an opera. He describes himself as a “pain in the ass who always insists on doing what he wants.” Fair play to you, Eugenio!
New York-based editorial and advertising photographer Bela Borsodi delights and dazzles with his provocative fusions of art and fashion in Unconscious Affair. He combines real life models with handpainted art “stand-ins”, blurring the line between reality and fantasy—fantasy being the operative word here. The resulting images are sexy, creative, energetic, and feel like they belong in a contemporary art museum.
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Photographer Logan White transports us to places re-imagined, enticing us with magic and mystery. Her images feel psychically charged and are rich with mood and myth, appearing almost like visions foreseen. A powerful feminine undercurrent runs alongside a romantic vulnerability; an evocative combination White has successfully achieved.
Born in Macon, Georgia, White discovered photography at the age of 13. She went on to receive her BFA at RISD in 2007 and has shot for Interview Online, Urban Outfitters, Dazed and Confused, Vice, NYLON, and others.