Meowlin Liiv is a menswear design student at CSM. Her spring collection ‘Insanity’ is about people getting crazy as there is too much love, joy, expectations… around them in spring. Meowlin and I came up with the idea of doing an editorial shoot around the idea of her collection. Mewolin was in charge of Styling, I was in charge of Photography. My friend Dimas Bian was more than happy to model.
The photos are in my magazine. I additionally wrote a few lines about in Meowlin for the section ‘Emerging Designers’.
I knew fairly soon that I wanted to covers for my unisex magazine – one with a girl, one with a boy. To have both on one issue I decided to have a girl on the front cover, the boy at the back cover. In general I wanted to keep the covers simple – black and white with hardly any text and a straight forward font. When taking the photos I decided to bring flowers in (to emphasize that my magazine is a spring issue). Therefore, I accessorized Natasha’s white shirt with a flower headband and picked a flowery patterned shirt for Ben. I wanted both to wear shirts to make the covers consistent/ to show the are covers for the same magazine. For the background I chose wrapping paper with ‘writing’ on to create a link to the poetry used in the magazine.
Natasha is also in one of my editorial shoot, Ben is introduced in the part ‘Emerging Artists’ in my magazine. As I don’t have much writing/descriptions on the cover I wanted cover models who are also mentioned in the magazine ( as reference what to expect from the inside/the content).
Benjamin Carr Evans is a young photographer from outside of London focusing on food and conceptual photography. He was more than happy to talk to me about his work and to pose as male cover model.
How did you come up with being a photographer?
B: My dad gave me my first camera when I was quite young. I loved taking images and the idea of capturing one specific moment straight away.
What are your current/upcoming projects?
B: I just finished a food photography project for chef Adam Fortes. Now I am working on art pieces for the Scottish Letter Cutting Society and additionally assist Chris Biggs on commercial shoots for brands such as Harrods, Tropicana or McDonalds.
Which techniques do you use?
B: I try to keep my images as raw as possible. Instead of doing loads of editing after I already make adjustments and experiment in order to get the best exposure, different effects when taking photos of a model, an object.
What is the most important thing about being a photographer?
B: Especially if you are in conceptual photography it is important to have a dream and to know what you need to do to get there. The more a shoot is planned the more successful it can be. If you know what you want it is much easier to achieve.
The editorial shoot went really well! My model did a good job; I was happy that I could finally take photos and do some styling again (working full-time I am often too busy to do it additionally).
For the shoot we went to a park in St Albans – it was absolutely lovely. The only trouble on that day was the light – the sun kept on hiding behind the clouds and made it a bit tricky for me to get the same lighting in all images.
Originally I wanted to borrow clothes from PR agencies but as their opening hours are the same as my working hours I couldn’t fix appointments. However, I was lucky enough to get some clothes from Topshop, added a few other pieces out of my wardrobe and was quite happy with the results in the end.
One of the editorials will be inspired by spring and the nature starting to bloom. The feeling/atmosphere should be natural, authentic but romantic. The outfits will mainly be in the spring 13 trend colour white. The make up will be quite natural – I might just change the lip colour for a few images. I’d like to use roses to emphasize that everything starts to bloom in spring. I’d like to take the photos somewhere in the countryside. My friend Natasha will be my model as I think her long ginger hair would fit into the story perfectly.
Rebecca Promitzer is an artist from London and well-known for her children’s novel ‘The Pickle King’. After writing her own songs as well she released her first album in 2011. Her songs are quite emotional – the music itself a mixture out of jazz, alternative and a little bit of indie rock – definitely something my target reader would listen to.
I met the singer and writer for an interview a few weeks ago and was allowed to take photos of her for my magazine. I felt really comfortable talking to Rebecca. She commented later that she was impressed with my questions ;).
The interview – my questions and notes I took of Rebecca’s answers
In 2011 you released you first album ‘Kill That Song’. What was the inspiration for it? R: Lost love, magic, mystery, healing
Where do you get the inspiration for your songs? R: From places in my mind and in the world – atmospheric places
What is your favorite song and why? R: I have three – one of them is Kill That Song. The songs I like are painful – the most intense emotionally
When did you start thinking about a singing career? R: When I was little I sang all the time – it had a lot to do with comforting myself. When I got older I took singing lessons – I loved it and felt more and more confident about my voice.
What would you recommend other musicians who just start off? R: Don’t worry about what others think or fame. Listen to your feelings, observe yourself and find out what you want in your life. Expressing yourself is important to satisfy your artistic soul.
Which other singers would you like to meet and what would you ask them? R: John Lennon – I would ask him if he knew he would be seen as a visionary. Roy Orbison – I would ask him why he always wore dark glasses. Maria Callas, Elvis and Julian Casablancas. I have met a few artists I admire: The Felice Borthers, Nicole Atkins, Regina Spektor.
What are your upcoming projects? R: I am working on a new record – every song will be about another place and I am planning to do some gigs this year at atmospheric places like Hoxton Hall or The Union Chapel.
What would you wear on a gig? R: Something comfortable, something I can breathe in. Probably something more classic mixed with something more dramatic. I quite like the style of the young Marianne Faithfull.
How would you describe yourself in 3-5 words? R: Ooh, 3-5? I would say I am passionate, authentic, intense, playful, mischievous, dark – oh, that’s more than 5 already…
What is your favorite thing about spring? R: The feeling of the new, the promise of summer
Out of Rebecca’s answers I wrote a little feature about her which can be found in the music section of my magazine. Originally I wanted to write more about her but I didn’t have that much space left in the magazine and I had to shorten my article.
I recorded Rebecca during the interview and wanted to upload the record to the blog but it didn’t work – an error message appeared saying I couldn’t upload the file out of security reasons.
I tried out different fonts for my magazine. As I like simple, straight fonts my selection looked liked this:
The circled examples show on which fonts I decided in the end. My magazine title as well as headers inside the issue will be in ORATOR STD, text, straplines, subheaders and captions will be in Minion Pro Med.
A few months ago I met the London based band Lola Colt and got the chance to interview their singer gun and their guitarist Matt before one of their gigs. I would like to interview to appear in the music section of my magazine. I also sent the interview to BlackSuede Magazine – an online magazine who published it as a collaboration. For BlackSuede I changed the last interview question though as their latest issue is all about Britian – instead of what they like about spring I asked what they like about Britain.
I was a little bit nervous before the interview but in the end it was quite relaxing. The interviewees were lovely and open to my answers.
Where did you get your inspiration from for the band name?
Matt: It’s taken from an Italian pure 60s Western –a bit random but it’s about a black cowgirl who kind of goes into a bit of a rampage into bad guys. It’s such a bizarre contradiction having someone like that in that situation at that time and there are a lot of flaws in the film in a way. We felt that it is a kind of mongrel and it never fitted nicely into that genre. We got a bit of a relationship through it. We think also the main thing is the film is feminine. It fits down our music well – a strong feminine name. It clicked; you know how you see something and it feels right and goes with it.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Gun: I don’t think we have had highlights like one highlight. I think for me every gig is great. We don’t play that many gigs but every gig is different and a highlight.
Who would you like to perform with on stage?
Matt: Musicians that we respect; someone with vision and a musical ear. Someone who could come along and bring another angle that you can throw something in that people wouldn’t expect.
What are your future plans and upcoming releases/tours?
Matt: We had a break over the summer doing writing and stuff, so this is the first gig back after that and we’ve got a lot of other gigs; we’ve got a gig every week this month. We are playing a big festival in Liverpool at the end of the year. We are trying to work up to produce more stuff; that’s really what our focus is for the rest of the year and just playing some more shows if we can afford it. We’ve got a new track that hasn’t been out. It’s kind of like the best of European music. It’s under the Angel label. There will be a lot of gig surrounding the time when it’s getting released.
What is your favourite thing about spring?
Gun: The warm weather. Nothing is better than sitting in the sun, playing my guitar and working on songs.
Matt: Sitting outside a pub with some good British beer –we love Ale.
Benjamin Carr Evans is an emerging young photographer becoming more and more well-known for his conceptual as well as food photography. He will be featured in the first issue of FF Magazine and act as cover model. I have been lucky enough to get him booked as photographer for the FF mag spring editorial as well.