Thursday, 10 December 2009

Heads

Having seen Susie Bubble's recent (or not so recent? My Google reader has been clogged for so long I don't know when I'm referencing posts from YONKS ago!) post about Sketchbook I was interested to see this page shot.



I really love this page, particularly the one on the left. It's extremely satisfying to see a structure so usually composed in photos, but is shifted infinitely by the clear illustrative aspect of the drawing. It also reminded me of the shoot in ROOM magazine which I posted a while ago, where the models have animal heads:



It made me realise that the reason these images are so interesting is the lack of facial identity we find in them, which fits in interestingly with the idea of blogging in general - the theme of the issue of Sketchbook above. Often bloggers put pictures of flowers or hide their face in other ways. I know when I first started blogging I didn't want to advertise my identity by putting photos of my face online.(and I'm still not certain where I stand on that point!)

Many bloggers are evasive or downright secretive about their identities. This is in sharp contrast to the images we find in magazines, adverts, billboards and almost everywhere we look, where the identity of the wearer of the clothes is proclaimed for the world to see. In many cases (say Kate Moss's modelling of her collection for Topshop), the facial recognition is the reason that we are looking at the image. I am also convinced that companies often hire models or pick certain photographs because the model looks similar to a famous actress or model, eliciting that response of "Oh, is Gisele/Kate Moss/Naomi Campbell modelling for xyz company now?". If a company is using an extremely famous model to advertise, or in an editorial, they're almost never facing away from the camera. This wouldn't be "getting their money's worth".

An interesting bridge that I think is brought about by the transition of fashion bloggers into the mainstream - how crucial is the face to an image?

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