Behind the Scenes

Contact Store Y in Soho kindly offered to dress me this week in New York.

IMG_9120

In exchange, I would give credit where credit is due, blog about a dress or two.  Here’s what I am learning- it’s one thing to compose a good picture, it’s another to express a dress.

IMG_9187

This trip, I have the great fortune of being with Dr Chan.

IMG_9126

Dr Chan makes a good model because he has height, a symmetrical face, and patiently obliges me.

IMG_9155

Baby, go stand there.  Just pretend you are leaning into the art, but don’t actually touch it ok?

Baby, walk away from me, just walk…

IMG_9157

Baby, go back, stop.  Ok, walk to me, just walk.

IMG_9260

When I need his help to photograph an outfit, I show him exactly how I want the shot framed, and then hand my cell over to him.  He takes liberties sometimes, like capturing me when I am not “working”.

IMG_9138

It’s not easy to model, I said to Trace.  Trace would understand because once upon a time, she too was often in front of a camera.

73911_10150114672948902_5420563_n Once upon a time, photo credit- Elle Singapore

Not easy modelling!  I moaned to Zen.  The pink dress turned out to be a nightmare to shoot- it just doesn’t photograph well…

Well, you make it look good, Zen comforted.

IMG_9186

Why don’t you like this (above) shot?  asked Dr Chan patiently.  I thought you composed it beautifully.  The pink shows up against the sculpture.

Look carefully- I’ve been photobombed by a chair!

IMG_9190

Gosh Baby!  Who would even notice that?

I would.  But I wasn’t behind the camera.

So we should have moved the chair?

Yes.

IMG_9134

Dr Chan is infinitely patient with me.

Pockets make life easier for this model.  They give you a place to go with your hands.  Lift your arms a tad away from deeply cut armholes, and voila, one’s arms appear “toned”.  Other challenges- how to arrange the rest of the body- head at which angle, torso twisted or vertical, and where oh where, do the legs go?

IMG_9147

(The objective in shooting an outfit is to communicate to the viewer/reader a dress that can take you through a day in your life, with grace and speed, because the lives we lead tend to be in continual momentum.  Clothes reflect superficially what we are about.  A good dress is both armour and costume, reality and make-belief.)

And then the reality of waiting for a shot because I am thinking, I would prefer a cleaner composition, model in dress downstage, row of statues, upstage.  Please mister, would you take your photograph, and leave…

IMG_9143

***

Looking through all the shots we worked on yesterday, the moneyed shot that made it to Instagram was this-

IMG_9144

Cropped and edited to include the men in the background, model fixing an errant bra strap.  I was reminded of another important lesson- in life, the unplanned can occur and the energy the unexpected brings, is often a more dynamic expression, than what we plan so carefully for.

  •  Dress by Devon London Resort 2016, at Contact Store Y, 57A Brewer Street, London
  • Dress is shot on location at the Sculpture Garden of the MOMA, 11W 53rd Street

 

 

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s