Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Where briars scratched and wet grass bleached our boots

This is part one (of two) of my latest behind-the-camera venture with the ever gorgeous Emma. Now, I'm not going to even attempt to try to describe how long it took me to choose which photos to post! Let's just say a large amount of my evening has been devoted to whittling down images.
For this shoot, I went to Emma's house - she lives even more rurally than me! It was perfect, surrounded by moody woods and buttercup fields (which you'll see in part two.) There was no theme as such, but a colour scheme of blues, greens, browns and creams. These colours all work well on Emma, and I enjoyed styling and putting the outfits together!

The first ensemble is made up of a forties green dress with an altered hemline (it was too long) layered under a vintage thermal vest. I always like it when dresses come with the matching fabric coloured belts, so I put it to good use here! I love the bow detail at the neck, and a very subtle pattern that reminds me of Van Gogh's brush strokes. The necklace belonged to a family member, and any of my more long time readers will recognize the boots. 'Why does Roz own a pair of size three seventies boots when her feet are size seven?' One might indeed ask. I'm keeping them, under the guise of 'using them for design inspiration' in later life, but really I just love looking at them too much to part with them just yet. Emma has been coveting them since she first saw them (and wore them - they fit her well, I would say like a glove, but a perfectly fitting boot is more appropriate), but they're staying in my room - sorry Emma!

The second outfit was my favourite of the five I subsequently shot. I bought this sixties mini dress in a vintage charity shop in Edinburgh (try Grassmarket for amazing clothes, especially 'Armstrongs' which is Scotlands equivalent of Beyond Retro!) The blouse underneath was my great-grandma's and the boots have been described at length above! All the vintage watches are from different family sources - I find the concept of these watches ticking on (albeit, not at the correct times!) long after their owners have gone quite thought provoking. The vintage suitcases are also from various sources. I have a little pile of said suitcases in my room - I want to be able to travel with vanity cases and trunks to store my clothes.. (Apart from the obvious transportation issues.) Who needs generic suitcases dahhling?

In the first set of photos I wanted to focus on the slightly eerie side of the forest, so a general lack of sunlight helped no end! (And this was before the rain later in the day.. I do not recommend trying to take photos while simultaneously attempting to hold an umbrella!) It was almost as though she was lost: the 'Little Red (or should that be green?) Riding Hood' aesthetic, like one who has strayed too far from the path.. I made poor Emma jump so many times to get that first shot - having been inspired by the classic Richard Avedon photo.
The second selection of images ended up being very sixties influenced. I told Emma to imagine she was waiting for someone, treating the abandoned trailer as though it was a train station. And as she commented, there "was a watch for every time zone".

I enjoyed taking these photos immensely, and I'm very grateful to Emma for being such a great model again!

The title is taken from the poem 'Blackberry-Picking' by Seamus Heaney. This is one of my absolute favourites of his poems as it so evocatively sums up the joy of picking wild fruit on a summers day.

In other news, I recently nominated the photographer Saga Sig and designer Charlotte Taylor for the Studio East  2011 awards. This is a fantastic initiative for those starting out in the creative business, and has given many individuals the publicity and funds needed to further their work. I would suggest you visit their website to nominate any 'up and coming' people in a creative industry you know of...

I also want to thank everyone who commented on my bloggiversary post, you're all such lovely people and it was much appreciated!

47 comments:

Carys said...

This is such a great posts, these pictures are amazing!! Both those outfits are lovely!
From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

annierama said...

I love these photos and the outfits! Your blog is really adorable!
Favorite on this post: the watches!

spoozyliciouzz said...

These pics are truly amazing...she looks like a vintage dame of the early 60s...great hair, great posture, great pictures!

Closet Fashionista said...

Wow I LOVE the photos, and the outfits! :D
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Shallow Mallow said...

Beautiful photos & great outfits :)

Elliejane.x said...

Beautiful, love these shots and 'the boots'! I also have a fascination with old watches they just seem so timeless, which is odd considering keep time is their purpose haha

Emily said...

Great sixties vibe in the outfits!

STYLE LCA said...

You are very BEAUTIFUL!!
I love your script!
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Page said...

i love the ones with the luggages and the watches!! so beautiful :)
youre an amazing photographer :)
page

danniekate said...

what a gorgeous friend you have there! i love her hair. lovely shots :)

Molly said...

I love how vintage-y this post is! all those trunks and watches are incredible. great post, girrrrl!

CalamityJem said...

Fabulous pictures, lovely colour contrasts, well done!
...xXx

Sue said...

Stunning photos!!

better late then never, happy blogbirthday!

mirror said...

how fun! im really loving those boots! ;) your friend is really pretty!
do you like van gogh's paintings? impressionism & his paintings are some of my favorite.
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-m-

revital said...

lovely photos!!! I really like the color f that dress!

Gracie said...

Very cool, love the photos, the model, and all those watches!
What a cool location

hulotte said...

I do love these photos; the green, the colors are amazing...

Ashley said...

I love these pictures, especially the colors! Just lovely :)

-Ashley
http://breakfastatsaks.blogspot.com

Pan said...

Just wanted to tell you that you're blog is... Great, awesome and brilliant in every way! Keep up the good work! :) ♥

Pearl Westwood said...

perfect styling and photography as ever. I have a bit of an isse with fabric belts, I always remove them and only ever wear them with differnt unmatching dresses, so I love what you have done here. Gosh Fashion East I still can't decide who to nominate, so perhaps I will just vote for other instead!

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Billie Kinson said...

I love your photography and huge fashion collection! I really hope you go far in the fashion industry as you certainly deserve it. :)
Also, both you and Emma have amazing hair! So jealous!

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Diana said...

I love you style. you are so beautiful!
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Susan said...

I love your photos and the model!
great blog :]

Aida Apple said...

Love all the watches and the blue/green dress. Love so much <3

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nancy : The Sway Report said...

I love the 60's photos .... she looks so perfect, just like an old film! Love the photos. Keep them coming!


x
nancy

Raez said...

very pretty shoot! i love how she sort of looks like a wood nymph in the first outfit and then mod in the next. sweet styling:)

xx raez

daisymay aka Chantele said...

I love the blue and green dress outfit with all the cases so very 60's. Its great. You are a very good stylist and photographer (as well as model and writer!).

Daisy Dayz Home

Glenda C said...

your hair color is really beautiful

Olivia Isabella. said...

Her colouring looks beautiful with the green dress! But I especially love the second ensemble... The vintage suitcases are gorgeous and the geomentric bright retro dress wonderfully contrasting with the white soft blouse - I love the collar!
Thank you for your comment!
UO x
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Asta said...

Those pictures are simply stunning! Same goes for the outfits, so lovely!

Elena S. said...

omglove the pic of all the watches! this is great so editorial looking!

great blog btw ! lovely pics
id love for you to check my blog out
and dont forget to enter in my giveaway (gaga inspired shades)

xo elena

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rachel. said...

enchanting pictures! both outfits are so wonderful! i love the second one the most, however: the arm of wristwatches is lovely.

Michelle Elaine said...

Umm hehe can I have all of your watches? I especially love the big faced one on the end!

I saw that you commented on a recent post at "Stylish Wandered" and I thought that you might be interested in my post where I did a DIY body chain: http://www.fvncy.com/2010/06/tied-up.html

KeepItFvncy,
M.E.

Blindcopy said...

wonderful pictures and gorgeous emma! her hair is amazing (and so are the boots) ;)

styleodyssey said...

yay, it's emma! :) these photos could be straight out of a storybook.
i especially like the green dress with warm brown boots.

sí french® said...

I dig all the pics. Really cool :)

Daphne said...

Ohh gosh, so beautiful. You know Roz, I truly admire you. You are immensly talented. You've got amazing fashion sense, briliant photography and to top it: you breathe words. And how could I ever forget: you can design like Coco Chanel. Your drawings are little diamonds. (I posted one of my older pieces of art today and really, when I compere it with yours, I almost feel ashamed. I'd love to hear what you think of my drawing) xx
lots of love
Daphne

Luna : said...

i love the last photo of the wrist with all the watches, im currently wearing 3 watches none of which work and all stating a differnt time, the thing is i always forget that they dont work and have a mini freak out that im alwys seriousy late!

Emily said...

lusting those luggage bags and all those delicious watches!!! great post.. first time to your blog and really loving it, check mine out

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Ashley said...

my favorite part in every picture, are the boots!

TC said...

amazing! You are great behind the camera as well as in front of it!

BattyNora said...

The title is perfect! My favourite dress is the 60's blue/green one, and i love the timeless/nostalgic feel of the shoot- i like how some of the photos have an almost lonely feel, such as the one in the forest with the packing cases. It looks quite surreal in a way. also i have to admit the boots are awesome :)
xx

RedRose said...

Gorgeous photos, Emma looks amazing. I particularly like the second dress and I love the picture with all the bags.

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Ms. Pink said...

I love the photos! you are a great find! cant wait to read more :)

mp
thepinkandblueblog.com

iris loves fashion said...

so inspirational pics.
I'm so glad I found your blog.
:)

Lucy said...

wowowow! I love the image of her holding the three suitcases. It looks just like an image from an editrial or look book, its so mature. I adore her outfit, it goes perfectly with her hair!
How funny, ive just done a post where I put on all my grandmas vintage watches on at once like you did!
xxx

WendyB said...

Love the action in the first photo -- shows off the boots so well.