test shoot


Perth Modeling Academy

Perth Modeling Academy

Perth Modeling Academy

Perth Modeling Academy

Perth Modeling Academy

Perth Modeling Academy

Perth Modeling Academy invited me to along style one of their test shoots a little while back. It was full on - 15 girls to shoot in just a few short hours - but we had lots of fun with the loose tribal theme and wild hair&makeup (not to mention inadvertantly setting off the smoke alarm in the studio & getting a visit from the Fireys)!

Photographer: Carlo Fernandes
MUAs: Claire Mac, Sandy Tau, Nicole Forde & Bruce Lim
Hair: Daniel, Lauren & Jane from Maurice Meade
 Styling: Claire Mueller
Models @ Perth Modeling Academy


Patsy said...

I think you're a great stylist, and I usually dig your aesthetic, but this "tribal" trend that is doing the rounds strikes me as pretty racist.

That kind of "generic African savage" stereotype is really in, but I find it pretty unsettling - here included.

I'm not super articulate about this stuff (plus I'm not a POC) but this is an awesome article that helped me deconstruct the problems with playing things off as "tribal".



harbourmaster said...

Hi Patsy,

Thanks for the article link - a thought provoking read.

While I agree that the word 'tribe' and the negative historical connotations it could invoke would certainly be damaging when used in a manner that purposfully undermined, the moral compass is less clear in aesthetic matters.

Had this (or any of the millions of other photoshoots/fashion collections of a similar ilk) been entitled 'This is an African Woman' or 'We've Taken A White Model To The Heart Of Darkness - The Horror The Horror' it would be an entirely different story...(it's interesting that you associate 'tribal' with 'African savage' - to me the 'generic' tribal look is so beyond any particular culture that it is merely an era in fashion history, like Baroque or the 50s). I assure you it was not my intention to offend.

In a broader picture, the line between 'identity' and 'stereotype' is pretty subjective. I suppose, from my perspective as a visual creative, putting exclusions on referencing the aesthetic of particular cultures, places or people at any point in history merely fuels the fire of categorisation. Not something that has a straight answer, I think, but definitely worth ongoing reflection.