For me, fashion photography has always stood as a grand expression of self that can be minutely curated to make a statement with every pattern clash and frozen movement. Models appear as heightened versions of reality. We allow them to dress in ways that are not socially acceptable or practical by any means. This is what total and complete beauty is: a creative vision realized and fleshed out to its fullest potential.
The purpose of fashion photography is generally to advertise and to sell cosmetic products. Fragrances, clothing, and makeup are human-generated tools for sculpting a person’s outward appearance. My question for these social constructs of beauty is, why must we use all tools of aesthetics in the way they were intended? In recognizing the constructed purpose of these tools of fashion, I use that irony of the fake and manufactured beauty. Trends and styles are unnatural tailoring to become a perfect encapsulation of one-of-a-kind beauty.
I am a maximalist. I love seeing as many colors as possible on a page at a time. Photography allows me to freeze time and to take a close-up, personal look at each element of a garment. This is a personal magic enabled by photography. A story can be created by content inside the photos, and how they are presented. A magazine allows for the freedom of ideas to include every background color and font choice, not as easily presented in a space such as a gallery. The tactile holding of a magazine in your hands is the beauty and accessibility that I have put into two issues of my self-made magazine.