July 21, 2015
Art is pain and pain is the art in which we find ourselves...
I've always been told that that in a dialectic of any visual form of art, whether it be film, photography, fashion or any other, that each and every element of the composition of each frame is an intentional element from the creator. Since delving into photography and understanding the nature of the shot, which is very contingent on the unpredictable environment, I have learned that this is most probably not true in all cases. Wind, rain, crowds and eye bags are just a few things that can go wrong...
However, everything about this shoot seemed to work seamlessly, including the use of a claymore which I borrowed from one of my colleagues. Many friends and peers commented that it was an absurd and unnecessary prop, but each time they had done this, I rebut them in saying:
Because the composition of a photograph is supposedly intentional
We are meant to look for figurative meaning
That is why a picture is worth a thousand words
R.M. Drake comments
Art is pain and pain is art in which we find ourselves
Well for the longest time, I felt this
And the need to expel it in a creative repository
This was fashion and photography and blogging
But what has always been visible has been my guard
Or as Donatella Versace puts it
Fashion is a weapon that you can use when you need it
That's why I find it so absurd that people think it's absurd
That I have a sword in my picture
For it's always been there.
This is just a spectre of my real fashion self.
Black Cape (Zara)
Oversized Black Tee (Zara)
Drop Crotch Pants (Zara)
Socks (Ralph Lauren)
Khaki Army Boots (Windsor Smith)
Chrome Bracelet (Urban Outfitters)
June 23, 2015
Hippie State of Mind
I'm not sure if you've noticed but I've been a bit less active lately. Here is why...
In a recent media article, they interviewed a 100 year old lady who had endured a miscarriage, sexual, emotional and physical abuse by the hands of her long time husband for 27 years - and they asked her - what is the secret to life? She answered it simply and happily:
"Life is about riding the highs and the lows"
Communal braiding and floral arrangements in one's hair. Hydroponic weed, peace tattoos, singing Kumbuya in grassy circles and psychedelic rainbow euphoria. That is NOT the hippie that I'm talking about. Well maybe the rainbow part. Anyway, if you've read my About Me, you would have gotten an understanding of who I was as a person.
And in February of this year, I was on the very cusp of the lowest low my life had ever fallen to. I had spent years and years, with no friends and people that made fun of me while I was trying to hide parts of myself from everyone. I remember lying in bed many nights crying thinking that no one would ever want me and my only dream I held onto while growing up alone was professional success and having even a few people acknowledge me.
This February, after finally getting on a high from moving on from achieving many great things, I had an existential crisis in which everything I had ever worked toward in my life and each and every struggle I endured, even through loneliness, gave me absolutely no meaning to my life. The things I chased were all vain, hollow and a chasing of the wind …
Thus came the worst two months of my life...
On a recent weekend, I had a complete change of viewpoint about life. It wasn't something said, or even a direct action but a friend's attitude that somehow gave me meaning to my life. To live a life of love, spreading love and creating love.
In my 22 years living, I really can agree with that 100 year old, it is a series of riding the ups and the downs - knowing that it is part of the destiny of being human.
And an even more integral part of being human is relating to one another. I found that my friends helped me through this depression. Did you know that when you move your hands toward yourself in the motion of a hug, your brain releases endorphins that makes you happy and that when you gesture in the motion of pushing something away, your brain's Modula Oblongata raises feelings of tension. We are PHYSIOLOGICALLY WIRED TO LOVE!
And thus, I think my hollowness began to fill in with the new doctrine of love. I want to take each day as a blessing as it comes and enjoy the unexpected journey that is life - every single day, there is something to work toward and an adventure and opportunities to love. Many people say, they've never met a happy rich person. This is just a saying but my understanding of this is that the rich don't appreciate the small things. The key to happiness is contentment in any situation and to enjoy even the smallest pleasures life has to offer, which for me are weird things like staring out bus windows and drawing a story about the people you see on the city streets. It's small things like that.
Life is about creating things in love. If you insert this idea into any situation, it is immediately given purpose and direction. Whether it is your friends, family, lover, yourself, what you do, loving the city you live in or even clouds in the sky or a summer breeze. None of this 30-70 bullshit. I believe in loving to my very bones. Unrequited or unequal love between people is as legitimate love as mutual love, just because the other does not love you back as much, doesn't take from the value of your own love that comes out of yourself. So here's to a life of loving each other, and encouraging one another to live in love, and also to love life itself - high and lows of each and every day inclusive.
I call it a hippie state of mind.
May 25, 2015
I feel like, I'm finally growing up...
What I'm wearing:
Latex Black Raincoat (Rains)
Striped Tee (Topman)
Waxy Black Chinos (Industrie)
B/W Free Runners (Nike)
Cocaine & Caviar Snapback (Crooks & Castles)
Iridescent Green Shades (ZeroUV)
Graphite Watch (Burberry)
April 25, 2015
Topman wanted me to stray away from my normal streetwear and try a semi-formal look appropriate for the Australian Summer. I am honestly, at this point, still learning so much about different facets of fashion. When you think you've understood something like urban, hip-hop inspired streetwear, there's always sartorial, fashion, semi-formal, sport-luxe, full-formal and an infinite amount of fashion sub-genres to explore. I'm hoping you bare with me and I brave out on new fronts and enter territory that I can honestly admit to say, I am not 100% confident in.
If you are unfamiliar with something, always use the knowledge you have in the field to best suit the ask. There are always constants in general fashion, and your own style that you can apply to all different contexts.
For this look, I relied heavily on:
- A reliable colour scheme - navy and beige. Tried and trusted, this is a classic combination that I go for and know will work in a lot of situations.
- The idea of salience - never overload an outfit with too many points of interest. Coco Chanel put it metaphorically as "always remove one accessory before you leave the house" - pretty much meaning that simplicity and focus on a key element is desirable.
- Focusing on basics - constants like ensuring that something fits perfectly, is suitable for your body shape etc.
- Sticking to classics - you can't go wrong in a suit...
Full outfit details below 6 photos down.
What I'm wearing:
Beige Suit/Pants (Topman)
Striped Tee (Topman)
Straw Boat Shoes (Topman)
Photocreds: Tafa Rock
April 02, 2015
The location we shot at was by at Manly Dam. I'm obsessed with urban infrastructure and vectors, so when I found this dam, I freaked out. To add to this creative commotion, it was also the photographer's hour...
I'm intrigued by a conglomeration of the alternative, urban streetwear and the twisting of everyday trends into something...simply...me. I don't know if it's because my short attention span or interest a multitude of things, but to fit one specific genre of style is an concept that I a lot of times find not very interesting. It goes with my mantra of maintaining a soulfulness you have yet to give - in the way you carry yourself and especially the way you dress. To me, fashion is not just clothes. It is perpetually intertwined with music, pop culture, and art history.
The plaid shirt around the waist has been a trend in urban streetwear for the past couple of years (very Yeezy), and I like the concept with the added element of ombre plaid. I love the idea of all black everybody has been doing recently (things that Raf Simmons and Alexander Wang have been ushering for years), but what creates a talking point of the difference you can create with this - leather pants, diamond textured sweater and rough flannel around the waist (see close up 3 photos down).
The Alexander Wang sandals and Reebok socks give the entire a relaxed feel with a blend of the high fashion. It's also that one weird point in the outfit - something I always like having. It's a talking point, it's polarising, it's ugly, it's beautiful.
Remember, it's not about conventional for others, or weird for the sake of standing out. Style is such a visceral sense. It is literally what you choose that makes you feel like the clothes you don are right for the person you are.
Full outfit details below:
What I'm wearing:
Diamond textured Sweater (Topman)
Gold Diamond Shaped Necklace (ASOS)
Plaid Waist Shirt (Urban Outfitters)
Golden Digital Watch (Timex)
Sandals (Alexander Wang x HM)
Black Classic Snapback (Nike)