fashion photography

Viviane Sassen

you might already know of Dutch photographer Viviane Sassen from the work she’s done for renowned fashion magazines and fashion houses the likes of Carven & Missoni. her most beautiful visuals, in my opinion, is a series called Flamboya which was shot in Kenya (where she spent part of her childhood) Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia. the name is taken from the red blossomed Flamboyant tree which grows across East and South Africa.

As long as I can remember, I have felt very close to Africa. This is most probably due to the fact that I lived with my family in Kenya when I was a child. Yet, this very experience of closeness has also engendered contradictory feelings. While feeling to be a part of this world, I have also kept on being aware of the fact that I would never really be a part of it. Very soon, I have come to understand that I would always remain a stranger. In this way I try in my work to figure this ambiguity. You feel close but at the same time distant. And that is something that is most of times absent in traditional Western depictions of Africa, always clearly reflecting the interpretation and gaze of Westerners.

Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya

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Jeneil Williams for Vogue Germany

i can’t remember the last time i looked at a fashion editorial and thought WOW. i suppose i’m just not in the habit of paging through Vogue (or buying it, for that matter) and soaking up the editorials like many people do. but this one for Vogue Germany is just exquisite.

Known for her use of color and ability to seamlessly integrate the environment, Julia Noni uses the natural landscape combined with vibrantly colored backdrops to create a striking contrast against ebony beauty Jeneil Williams. The story styled by Kathrin Schiffner features looks from Missoni, Blumarine, and Nina Ricci. – Chris Boals Artists








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Hana Haley

Hana Haley is a San Francisco based fashion photographer whose photos “are like stray lashes that have fallen loose from my lids to exist somewhere else. they are secrets i’ve let slip out.” see more of her work at her portfolio, flickr & blog.












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Mark Sanders

Mark Sanders is  UK based photographer who has done work for Monocle, Refinery 29, Margaret Howell, Mr Porter, Mary Karantzou and other rad fashion peeps. i love how colour plays into his work, tones of brown and green and black… you can peruse his work at his website, tumblr and agency.

 

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Off-Kilter

i’m really excited to offer you an exclusive first look at the new shoot from Kate and Alix (who you will remember from their last venture Fancy Pants)

For our first shoot of 2012 we wanted to play with the idea of asymmetry which is how we came up with the title Off-Kilter. We loved the fact that it had dual meanings and wanted to find clothes that would represent both. David West was kind enough to let us raid his archives (we were like kids in a candy store) where we chose our favourite pieces from his past and present collections.

besides doing self-motivated shoots that could rival anything i have seen in local magazines, Kate and Alix blog for It’s What I’m Into and 10and5 respectively – follow them on twitter here and here.

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Nikolaj d’Étoiles

this lookbook for swedish fashion label Nikolaj d’Étoiles’ S/S 2010 line was shot in 2009 by swedish photographer Viktor Gårdsäter. so, you know, it’s not exactly new. but i can never resist a melancholy looking bearded man.

all photographs by Viktor Gårdsäter

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The Loved One

the loved one has a new website, and a beautiful new lookbook photographed by aimee brodeur.

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Fancy Pants

kate and alix-rose are two talented cape town locals who i’ve come to know via twitter (the internet never ceases to bring me joy it seems). kate is a copywriter with a great penchant for fashion, and alix-rose is a photographer whose work i’m always excited to see over at her blog. they’ve done some pretty awesome self-motivated shoots before, so i was thrilled when kate asked if i’d like to feature their latest collaboration. which. is. amazing. i might have said “holy eff balls” when i first got a sneak peak. the colour palettes alone are enough to make me weak at the knees.

Fancy Pants. photographed by alix-rose cowie, styled by kate desmarais, modeled by lee-anne johnson, cover page by michael tymbios (who i previously posted about here). the shoot took place at cape town city hall (which is the most exquisite location i’ve seen in a while) and much of the clothing was sourced from nice people at the You Me and Everyone We Know market – the last one of the season is happening this friday.

hey, fashion magazine editors – are you reading this? you should snap up these two. stat.

please click on the images to see them in all their glory.

clothes courtesy of thrift cape townvamp clothinglondon road vintagemaria mccloythe rah rah roomfriend or foe, second time around, you me and everyone we knowneighbourgoods marketmarket on main.

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