Thursday, January 28, 2010

oh no! disaster!

a girl dropped out of my senior thesis group, so right now i am in the midst of an INTENSE scramble to try to rearrange the gallery space to fit our photo thesises with one less person
oi indeed

here are some things from a photo shoot i did for advanced lighting class
(a collaboration with my friend marissa)
it's all about three point lighting- so very basic lighting ie headshots, school portraits, old school portraits ect
some things we took

a rare moment of seriousness. and look! i created cheek bones with lighting. this is alex (L) and dima (R)

just like star wars...but we aren't actual fighter planes.

the lovely marissa

alex said something to make him laugh and make me horrified (im wearing eley kisimoto tights, repetto shoes, sonya rykiel shorts, salvation army top)

prada dress from ebay. gotta love ebay.

misha's headshot

alex and dima

you can see the soft box in alex's glasses >.<

dima, jump,yay!

all together now! (note ebay marni dress, lanvin shoes, tsumori chisato tights)

and on a different note
did any of yall see that tavi bow backlash? what are y'alls thoughts on that?
mine is kind of simple: tavi looks awesome, didn't realize her bow was a slight faux pas. but the problem isn't the bow. it's that she is thirteen and a lot of seasoned journalists feel either threatened or insulted that a teenage fashion blogger is being invited to haute couture shows. that doesn't justify the grazia comment but it bothers me that jenna on feels the need to constantly defend tavi. i love tavi, fyi, i ab-so-fuck-lutely adore the girl. but she's in an adult world now with adult pressures. if she's being included with seasoned journalists, she doesn't need to be coddled. and i also understand how adults can feel sort of insulted with her inclusion. she hasn't really earned her way there yet, she hasn't done her time.
it's childish to insult her on twitter, but i think it's absurd to deny that tavi is swimming in adult waters.
should we protect her?
if she needs protecting, maybe she shouldn't be in that arena just yet?
would we all be so upset if it was a 23 or 33 yr old that got twittered bout? no? would it be more appropriate? or less?
things to consider
if someone wrote something about me...if i ever got invited to a haute couture show (fingers crossed yeah right not in a bajillion years), i don't think ppl would be as upset or jump to my defense. i'm 22 yrs old, i am an adult. i can defend myself.
if we feel the need to protect tavi,s hould we let her hold adult roles such as journalist? or should we have her in such a limelight? she's a great dresser, an interesting person, she writes a good blog. but if she accepts the invitations to write about fashion as a journalist, to interview people, she is putting herself out there for judgement. and i think thats the interesting thing baout this whole debate. she is 13 but she isn't playing "dress up" or "pretend journalist" when she interviews people, she is being put on the same plain as cathy horyn or suzy menkes. i think that people critiquing her is allowed and i think it makes us uncomfortable because we know tavi is a young child fulfilling some adult roles.
should she really be at parties even if her parents are there?
should she be wearing couture?
we are getting into some interesting ideas here.

people hold opinions-incredibly critical ones, especially about their own peers.

just some food for thought


sarah said...

i had to google the tavi-gate incident, because apparently i missed out on something! but i love a good tavi debate.

from the little that i know, i would say that tavi did exactly what fashion is supposed to do: provoke discussion. But i can't help but shake the feeling that she is still somewhat of a novelty, and treated thusly. (for the record, i also love tavi!) so because of this, she is given special treatment, like a front row seat at dior. i think a bit of this boils down to, like you said, jealousy from journalists.

i also agree when you say that there is a bit of indecision whether to treat tavi like an adult or a novelty-child-blogger.
anyway, i really have no concrete opinion on this, and i'm sorry for leaving such a long comment on your blog!

also, you did a fantastic job on the lighting! the photos look amazing.

louise or valentine said...

here's the jezebel link, m'dear!
i love long comments, fyi! discussions are great.
i would have to agree with you in saying that i think people do treat her like a novelty, but only time will tell if that is true or not.
however, b/c whenever she is written about its always about her diminiutive size and stature and her age, it leads me to believe ppl see her more as a thing and not a person. she's a concept but not an actual teenager.
i think these journalists have a right to be somewhat upset.
with the intense popularity and easy accessibility digital photography, i encounter a lot of people that want to be "photographers" and have not had any classes or training and can barely use photoshop. they take a couple of decent images but its still a touch insulting. i've put in years interning, working and learning to become a photographer.
i think the sentinment is the same.
these journalists put in years of interning, writing, undergrad and perhaps grad school, yeasr of fetching coffee and learning how to write for their media and tavi, a young teen, is invited to sit front row?
i can understand the anger. i really do.
however...i mean shold we protect tavi? this is an adult world andi f you are going to party with alexa chung, i do think ppl can say whatever they want about you, even if you are 13.

Jaeve said...

oooh, now i'm gonna have to google that tavi thing!

Ross said...

These photos (and that dress) are so fantastic. It does remind you of school pictures, only there better shots, and it like the photographer left, and the party boy senior decided to take the photos instead.

Moya said...

I think the organizers probably shouldn't have let Tavi or anybody wear a hat that blocks the view of those behind her. This reminds me of the slides shown in movie theaters in the late 1900s-early 1910s when big hats were fashionable telling ladies to remove their hats (generally with an image of an irate spectator behind them).

I also agree with you, Caroline. Like Tavi or not, these are the couture shows and she's on the front row. If she was a 23 year old blogger writing the same blog, nobody would let her in the door or pay her any attention. Her youth is being fetishized, she's being treated as some kind of talisman, not a person. Plus those journalists often worked hard and for years and still didn't get to the front row of these shows. I don't know if it is jealousy but anger and frustration. Does she deserve to be there and if so, does she really need to be protected? Plus there is the other question--what about her education?

One major caveat--there are a lot of fashion journalists at places like Vogue who may have worked hard but also owe much to their parentage, wealth, connections. Fashion has never been a true meritocracy--especially at the level of reporting.

On another note, Caroline I *love* your Prada dress--what an ebay find. We have to go to the next Prada sample sale together. I also need your advice about which digital SLR to buy but that can wait until next we meet.

bri said...

I actually just found Tavi's blog recently. She seemed fairly well-spoken in her post about the article "Why I Hate Fashion", moreso than I would have been at that age. What I don't understand is why the industry is so desperate to throw her in the spotlight. Or perhaps I do understand (as forementioned "novelty"), I'm just a bit creeped out by the fact.

I hope I don't turn this into a rant, but you mentioned in the comments about the number of people who call themselves "photographers", yet have no training in the medium.
For me (and I'm sure you could agree), it's just as much about drive. I went to school with people that would constantly complain about having to shoot a roll for class, or the money wasted on film photography materials. I was a cinema major, but I have so little tolerance for it.

louise or valentine said...

@moya: i would love to field any questions about digital slrs and we have to go to the prada sample sale! my friend pierre works at prada and he is a hoot and a half.
i agree with her age being fetishized and one important thing that you brought is that fashion is democratic. plum sykes was a party girl and socialite turned wife of a nobleman (i think) and writer. sally singer lives in teh chelsea hotel. we aren't talking about equality but rather...i odd form of celebrity ( smile, nudge).
however...i do not think that jenna on aka tatiana the anomyous model should constantly defend tavi, espeically when ppl criticize her. it is tavi's choice to accept these invitations and put herself in the lime light.
her age is fetishized and it does bring up the question of what is an approrpiate way to criticize, talk to or work with a young teenager who is fulfilling adult roles but is not an adult.

@ bri- i agree with you and rant away! thats why i lov having a blog- i love discussion.
i agree with you on the point about ppl complaining about having to shoot a roll or ect. my main rant was coming from meeting ppl that are like well i'm into lets say hairdressing but im gong to give photogrpahy a try! i bought a digital camera. now i'm a photographer.
sometimes...that just grinds my gears.

louise or valentine said...

i mean fashion is NOT democratic!