by Tiffany Kennedy
Within the anonymity of the internet which causes issues, entanglements and frustration, come a small shine of light which is a presentation of the beauty that can still be shared with others. This photo shoot; Lumiere.
Recently, I’ve been thinking about a bit of copyright, and what it means to put something out on the internet. We all share things about ourselves, and situations in our life, whether it’s a tweet or a snap. Within the industry that serves photography and fashion, this is all very relevant. The fashion style of today is very different from the 90’s or the 80’s and so on, and there are some mistakes that have come with that. With media, we are able to preserve these mistakes, as well as the best parts. Within the 90’s I’m sure that everyone thought they were looking pretty cool and that the style of that time was far from silly or misguided. Today, however, some of the looks from the 90’s were definitely misses, which will forever be stored within the mystery of the internet. The same goes for personal accounts, being a photographer or even being the subject of an article, such as being a model. When something is shared, it seems like that item doesn’t really belong to you anymore, anyone can save it and use it for something else, even though it’s not right, and breaches copyright, depending on its use. It’s quite interesting how things change based on context, and so many things are just wavered away; when it comes to the internet, an anonymous home. I felt like I had to lead with that.
Bella Scaturro kindly modelled for my images for this article. From figuring skating to faces filled with makeup in terms of dance, to modelling, it’s a fair bit of a range and takes a lot of persistence as well as stamina. The sixteen-year-old kindly chatted away about the recent music festival Good Life and was prepared for whatever we decided to do (which seemed to include climbing lots of stairs in order to get good images). These words and these images become part of her digital presence, as much as they become a part of mine. Bella is the kind of model who’s very natural in the way she moves, very relaxed, rather than tense and rigid. Even though she states that she’s a bit too short to be a runway model (Cara Delevingne, Kate Moss and Melissa Juratowitch, made it anyway) she has a brilliant camera presence. It’s a tough industry to get into and be a part of, and it’s interesting how social media plays a big part of that.
I suppose social media’s presence in this industry is something that I have thought about, but not too much extent. While we walked down the streets of Fremantle, finding the perfect place to photograph, something that matched an idea I had already conjured in my mind, I wasn’t really thinking about the presence of social media, however we all got our phones out by the end of the shoot to take some behind the scenes photos to post on social media, and I suppose creating these images and posting them here is all a part of that.
When we spotted a bricked wall that had been painted a near shade of blanc we climbed up the stairs that were attached. Trying to find the perfect positions to create the near perfect images (while not looking down), Bella had already burnt her butt on the steel steps that had been influenced by the heat, and we fought the constant sunlight that harshly threatened our eyes. Finding our way up and town the stairs, multiple times, it was a workout in itself, but sometimes things just come together, and when they do, it feels like something amazing has occurred. It just feels right. And that’s something that happened. Despite whatever social media will comment or the use of images throughout the internet, this particular photo shoot, featuring the eager Bella Scaturro will always be one of those photo shoots, that just seems right.
And definitely, won’t be referred to like some of the old messy stylings of the 90’s.
Special Thanks to Neil Tiongson
Model: Bella Scaturro
Photographed, Styled, Edited by Tiffany Kennedy.
Shot on a Nikon D3200 + 35 – 70mm lens.