Part 5. Project 4. Ex 1

In this exercise I am to select a fashion image of my choice and analyse the garment in terms of; silhouette, volume, drape, movement, colour, print/pattern.

Karlie Kloss in Mario Testino's native Peru for Vogue US 2014 ©Mario Testino
Img.theculturetrip.com. (2019). [online] Available at: https://img.theculturetrip.com/1440x/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/slideshow-mario-testino-birthday-14.jpg [Accessed 29 Dec. 2019].

I have chose to use this image my Mario Testino. It shows Karlie Kloss in Mario Testino’s native Peru for Vogue US in 2014.

Silhouette

The draping quality of the cape allows the pleated effect of the skirt to be echoed across the whole model. This in conjunction with the leather boots gives a clean and dynamic silhouette.

Volume

The qualitys of the fabric on the model lend itself to creating natural volume. The skirt for example is cinched at the top but naturally flares as it falls to better display the pattern and clothe the model in a flattering manner.

Drape

The draping quality of the fabric is one of the key elements in this outfit. It enhances the silhouette and allows the pattern of the fabric to be best displayed. It lends itself to creating the pleats in the skirt and gives the outfit its sense of shape.

Movement

Movement is implied in this image through the dynamic pose of the model and the placement of the cape across one shoulder. The double coloured stripe of red and green on the edge of the cape enhances this implication.

Colour

The colour on this outfit is big and bold. The stripes of colour on the skirt enhance the pleated ruffle effect. The circles of colour break up these stripes and are reflected in the stripes of the cape. The use of black for the models legs, bodice and hands make them less relevant, less noticeable. They divert attention back onto the coloured elements.

What is the context of the garment?

This is an image showing off clothing with an equestrian theme. According to an article in Vogue ( Testino, M. (2019). Karlie Kloss Takes Fall’s Best Equestrian Fashions on a Trip to Peru. [online] Vogue. Available at: https://www.vogue.com/slideshow/karlie-kloss-fall-equestrian-style [Accessed 29 Dec. 2019]. ) Peru has an equestrian heritage and potentially inspired the clothing? The lines in the models cape echo the lines of the capes worn by the Peruvian men around her.

What is the image for and how does this affect its appearance and focus?

This photograph was taken to sell equestrian fashion. The cape and skirt are made of leather and designed by Valentino. The model is the only occupant of the image wearing bold colours and looking directly at the camera, this ensures that the attention of the viewer is drawn directly to her. The other occupants of the image are wearing pale colours which render them insignificant to the eye, even their horses are looking the other way! The only exception to this rule is the man half in the frame on the right hand side, I imagine he is wearing a brown cape instead of a white one to prevent a spot of bright white directly next to the model who Testino wanted to keep as the main focus.

How do you relate to the image?

To me the image speaks of travel. Even just looking at the model without her surroundings, it is obvious that her clothing is being influenced by a culture from abroad. Things like that always make me curious to explore the world a little bit more.

Is the model important?

The choice of model is very important to the final image. She is at once both elegance and action. She looks like the image of lady-like dynamism. A skinnier more angular model would look a lot less feminine. A model with hair in a more practical style would not look as glamorous as this model with her carefully styled forelock. A model with a darker shade of hair would not stand out as much as a blonde one, their hair would merge more into the colours of the outfit or background.

Testino, M. (2019). Karlie Kloss Takes Fall’s Best Equestrian Fashions on a Trip to Peru. [online] Vogue. Available at: https://www.vogue.com/slideshow/karlie-kloss-fall-equestrian-style [Accessed 29 Dec. 2019].

Hardy, U. (2019). 10 Iconic Fashion Photographers. [online] Culture Trip. Available at: https://theculturetrip.com/north-america/usa/articles/10-iconic-fashion-photographers/ [Accessed 29 Dec. 2019].

Img.theculturetrip.com. (2019). [online] Available at: https://img.theculturetrip.com/1440x/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/slideshow-mario-testino-birthday-14.jpg [Accessed 29 Dec. 2019].

Part 4. Project 4. Ex 3

In this exercise I am to look at two images and compare what I can see to a ground level landscape, a map or Google Earth and make some brief notes.

Myles66.files.wordpress.com. (2019). [online] Available at: https://myles66.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/derek-trillo-the-cheshire-plain-from-beeston-castle-2008.png [Accessed 29 Oct. 2019].

This image is ‘The Cheshire Plain from Beeston Castle’ by Derek Trillo.

This style of image gives a better overview of the environs but no real detail. We cannot tell the height of the objects in the frame or much about the topography of the landscape. Very little human interaction with the landscape can be displayed.

The above link leads to an image of Beeston Castle via the Google Earth satellite. The landscape is completely flat, there is no indication at all of ground features or topography. Terrain types can be guessed at such as fields and woods etc. No human interaction with the landscape can be displayed.

The above image is of Beeston Castle using Google street view. This gives a good indication of the conditions of the immediate area. Some topography is apparent, basic details of the scenery can be seen. This method fails to show overall size of the site, its relation to its environment. It is more likely to be the method used in order to display humans interacting with the site.

When looking at a city there are the opposite problems. It is far easier to show human interaction with the environment than to show the site itself. Particular buildings come to represent an entire town or city because the entire place itself cannot be displayed together in any great detail. A birds eye view of a town would show the entire place but o detail. There would be no way to differentiate between the heights of buildings and the topography that might have affected building choices. A ground level street view is highly limited in what it can display to the viewer. A city scape from a raised elevation is the best way to present a city, it can provide some depth, some detail, and a bit more of a sense of place.

I was then directed to look at the image ‘Agecroft Power Station, Salford’ by John Davies and to make some notes.

Phillips. (2019). John Davies – Agecroft Power Station, Salford, 1983 | Phillips. [online] Available at: https://www.phillips.com/detail/john-davies/UK040215/80 [Accessed 29 Oct. 2019].

The photo being taken from th elevated position gives the image a sense of depth. The juxtaposition of the chimmneys next to the power lines and football match certainly gives a sense of scale!

Taking this shot from ground level would have reduced the sense of grandeur that the chimneys have. It would also have reduced the amount of detail in the image such as the car park in the foreground or the hills in the distance.

Taking the image from closer to the tower would potentially have reduced the available context, as the image is, we can see the tower receding back towards the horizon.

Seeing the football match being played immeadiatley drew me back to the work of Mitch Epstein in American Power.

Poca High School and Amos Coal Power Plant, West Virginia 2004
Mitchepstein.net. (2019). American Power – Mitch Epstein. [online] Available at: http://mitchepstein.net/american-power#/id/i9844483 [Accessed 29 Oct. 2019].

The above image illustrates exactly what it would look like to take such a shot from nearer ground level. The grandeur of the chimneys is lost as the focus of the viewer is transferred to the foreground interest.

Initially I thought that potentially this change o focus might be because of the vivid colour of the football shirts. To test this I dropped the saturation from Epstiens image and found that the focus it still on the foreground. A slightly elevated viewpoint definetley gives for greater drama!