By Joshua Charles Dawe
When Fashion Photography took hold of me it was the mid to late 90’s, so I was heavily influenced by people like Herb Ritts, Greg Gorman and Annie Leibowitz.
But it was until 4 years ago that I started shooting High Fashion, so I am still happily stuck in that era haha.
This has a welcomed and profound effect on my work, in terms of who I photograph, the compositions I use and especially how I edit. When I work with a Model, be they Female or Male, they all know that how they are in every day life, is how they will be seen in my images.
I’m strongly against any kind of post alterations of the Models physical form. My whole signature style and what I’m known for, is photographing the model as she or he really is. Even if it’s inside the realm of a Fashion Editorial.
I’ve recently had the pleasure of working with Samantha Wills and Myles Pollard for this very reason. There is a lot more freedom in working with subjects who aren’t ‘Models’ per-say, because you really are there to take an image of them.
What’s even better is when you can incorporate High Fashion into it, I love seeing actors in Editorials.
I’ve certainly found my style has taken a while to resonate in Australia, but in New York City, where I live, it’s really taking off.
I think slowly but surely photoshopping is being toned down and that more and more Models are refusing to work with Creative teams who go too far, and I think thats great, but it’s a slow process.
It’s great to see hugely successful Models speaking about the damage that disingenuous representations of the human form can have.
People like Kate Winslet being outraged at British GQ when they slimmed her imaged and Cindy Crawford has been quoted saying she looks nothing like the Photoshopped version of ‘Cindy Crawford’.
These people are an inspiration.
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