Archive for January, 2012
Sometimes when I stop and approach people on the street, I am amazed by how genuinely unaware they seem to be of their stylish appearance-case in point is Laura, pictured here. Laura was so flattered and surprised by me asking if I could take her photo, that she pointed out that she was only wearing “Spanish High street brands”as if this meant she didn’t look special.
Back in the summer of 1992 I was on the road with the journalist Jan Moir for The Weekend Guardian, covering a photo story about New Age Travellers. I had spent the best part of the summer travelling around the south west of England, going to music festivals, trying to capture the essence of New Age traveller culture. The police had started to move in and raid some of the free festivals and raves set up by travellers, so it became a big news story at the time-which is why Jan and I were driving around the sussex countryside in August of 1992 in search of field full of New Age Travellers for a Weekend Guardian cover story. After negotiating our way past a police cordon, we managed to negotiate our way into the field. I decided it would be best to stay the night in a travellers van, in order to capture a true reflection of life on the road as a New Age Traveller. I remember it poured with rain all day and night and things were pretty miserable and I started to regret not staying in a nice warm hotel with Jan. But in the boring the the rain had stopped and I was able to take some great shots, including this one of the lady in the colour block overalls blending chameleon-like into her bus.
Illustration student Yichen caught my eye, wearing her Aubin and Wills jacket, Ralph Lauren shirt, uniqlo chinos and Timberland shoes. With a hat bought in Bricklane-to finish of the this urban lumberjack look, Yichen says she just likes to feel comfortable and likes her clothes to be loose fitting.
Eloise works in post production for a editing house that produces commercials for TV. Eloise is wearing a vintage 1960s coat that she picked up in one the many vintage fashion fairs she attends. I particularly like the collar and the cut of the coat, teamed with the green tights and a classic British headscarf, which set things off nicely.
The fabulously talented stylist and native New Yorker Peju Famojure has worked with celebrities including Beyonce, Leighton meester and Cam Newton. Peju styles for commercials, editorial and still life. Peju’s editorial work includes Vogue Paris, Vogue Italia, Arena Homme, W magazine and Harpers Bazaar Espanol, which Peju also styles for as contributing fashion editor.
I took this shot in Kingston Jamaica railway station in the early 1990s, shortly before taking a journey on the train across the island to Montego Bay. I clearly remember the station was always full of hustle and bustle, with colourful characters both on and off the train. I particularly love this image of the little girl reading her book in her own oasis of calm, seemingly oblivious of the noisy crowd surrounding her. I was lucky enough to take this journey a few times before the line finally closed in 1992. On this occasion the train derailed about halfway through the journey, something, which happened quite frequently-everyone crammed into the remaining carriages and eventually we continued our journey without further incident to Montego Bay. Over the years there has been plenty of talk about reopening the line, in-fact as recent as last year it was mentioned, but unfortunately the only thing the station gets used for these days is music videos.