By now y’all know about my love affair with the Lui. The March cover and editorial featuring Natasha Poly continues in grand tradition with a stunning raw fetishy shoot by Luigi + Iango. “There’s a scorpion on her vagina!” Su exclaimed when I showed her the shoot. There sure is, my love, there sure is!
I started doing a 365 Photo Project on Flickr and Instagram. Every day for one year, I’ll be taking a self portrait. I’ve been doing it for two weeks now, and while I accept that at some point throughout the year my photo for the day is going to be a quick phone shot of me holding the cat, so far I’ve been inspired every day. I thought I might travel with my camera and take more photos outside the house, which also will probably become something I do later in the year, but right now my photos are capturing the insular, quiet, domestic feelings I’m experiencing right now.
My self portraits are usually suggestive and often poke fetish bruises, but I haven’t spent much time with just me and the camera in awhile, so returning to that feels like I’m reconnecting with an important part of me. Interacting so intimately with my body helps me connect with my curves and lines. Spending days looking only at my reflection feels much different than me telling a camera how to capture my image, and the camera responding honestly. We work together to determine exactly how my body is feeling and what it wants to reveal. I’m accompanying each photo with a quote or lyric, whatever is currently moving me, or feels appropriately paired with the photo.
It’s a lovely, inspiring project. I adore photo projects – I’ve created some month-long projects that give prompts each day, and participated in the #100HappyDays photo project twice. They all have their benefits and set-backs, but taking on a project this big feels right on many levels – it allows me time to myself every day to be creative, it challenges me to learn my camera and photo editing, as well as encouraging me to be a better photographer and model. I fully recommend it to anyone looking for a creative challenge.
I share an image each day on Flickr, as well as Outtakes on days where the shoot goes well. I also share the image (sometimes an outtake if the original image is too naked) on Instagram. Message/add me if you’d like to follow my progress, or if you’re also doing the project, or feel inspired to start one yourself.
365 Days 1-14
I say this every month, but the Lui might be my favourite magazine. Every issue is lush and moody; it’s a lustful celebration of naked women, and since that’s how I’d describe myself as well, it feels like a kindred spirit.
Marie Gillain by Mark Segal for Lui, February 2015
Julia Frauche by Sharif Hamza for Lui, February 2015
Bert Stern’s photographs of the young actress Sue Lyon as Lolita made an impact on the fashion world that is still felt today. This beautiful editorial by the photographer of bombshell Eva Herzigova show off the looks of those iconic photographs, girl-next-door things like cardigans, gingham, denim with knitwear and lots of innocent but seductive lingerie. Mixed with some referencing to Andre de Dienes’s early photographs of Marilyn Monroe, this is a beautiful, sensual editorial that remains timeless and inspirational.
FKA Twigs is having a busy month. She’s V Magazine’s cover girl, photographed by the iconic Inez and Vinoodh while draped in Rodarte jewelry. She also performed during the Brit Awards Nominations Launch, with tribal marks on her face and gorgeous abstract gold pieces on her neck and wrists. The video for her song Pendulum dropped this week also. Directed by Twigs herself and styled by Karen Clarkson (who styles all of Twigs’ performances and photo shoots) it features shibaru rope bondage with Twigs wrapped in her own hair. These unique and original style moments are reminiscent of early Bjork.
FKA Twigs by Inez and Vinoodh for V Magazine, Spring/Summer 2015
FKA Twigs performing at the Brit Awards Nominations Launch in London, January 15th
FKA Twigs – Pendulum
FKA Twigs – Hide/Pendulum at the Brit Awards Nominations Launch