Saturday, 29 May 2010


I love the Margaret Howell campaigns.

Monday, 24 May 2010


I'm completely crazy about this song.

Sunday, 23 May 2010


I interview Richard about his new solo show, Shot by Kern, that can be viewed at London's Rove Gallery at the moment.

For three decades and counting, notorious New York photographer and filmmaker Richard Kern has carved a niche for himself capturing scantily clad girls the world over. On the eve of his solo show, Shot by Kern, opening May 21 at London's Rove Gallery, we sat him down to discuss girls (what else?)—British girls, Japanese girls, girls next door, girls who are fashion models, girls who attack, girls who are now big artists and, well, you get the idea...

While working on the exhibit, you visited six European cities. Any favorites so far?

Milan. It was the ugliest city with the worst hotels, but it also had the best food and the best models. There was this girl there called Sydney, who is actually a Belgian fashion model. She was probably my favorite person to shoot so far.

How did the British girls differ from the others?

Well, not all of the girls I shot here are British. One of them, Keex, is Japanese. In Milan we met one girl from Belgium. The girls in Antwerp were from the Netherlands and Vietnam. Lucy, who I met in London, is definitely someone I consider very British. I know that look from girls I've shot in the past, that very white skin tone and doughy look—basically, girls who eat cheese, bread and drink a lot of milk.

One of the British girls you've previously shot was another Lucy, Lucy McKenzie, who’s quite a big artist now.

Yeah, she’s really big. Lucy came up to me at one of my film screenings. At first I thought she was going to attack me! Back in the day, when I was doing my screenings, there was always someone in the audience who would give me shit. Lucy turned out to be the exact opposite. She invited me to Scotland and helped me find a bunch of models. In the end, she did actually turn out to be my best model.

Why do you think girls pose nude for you? Is it a therapeutic thing?

I think they do it because it’s fun and there’s a challenge to it. For a lot of them it’s also a way to fight their insecurities. There was one girl in particular I met on tour, who told me she felt very weird about her body. She said she was only doing it to feel more comfortable with herself.

What do you look for in your models?

A girl-next-door type, but never in a Playboy way. I’m interested in real people, I have to say.

And last but not least, does your wife ever get jealous?

Maybe, but she wouldn’t tell me! She’s a photographer herself and often goes off and shoots guys. We don’t talk about it. Yeah, she’s very tolerant, I guess.

Monday, 17 May 2010


A few more images from artist studios, which didn't make the cut. They are as follows: 1, 2. Rachel Thomas 3. David Pearson 4. Michael Olu 5, 6. Anne Hardy

All pictures by me

Saturday, 15 May 2010


David is always balancing the fine line between quirky and sexy, which is rare in fashion. I love the zig-zag cut outs on this dress from his collection for AW10.

Picture by me

Thursday, 13 May 2010


I have 16 pages of artist studio shots in the new b magazine, which is out now. Some of the people we visited include artist Anne Hardy (of the Ballard-inspired photography), art director Micheal Olu (of Kilimanjaro) and the amazing Vaughan Oliver, who created some of the most memorable art work for Pixies and Cocteau Twins...

All photography by me
Text by lovely Michael Nottingham

Tuesday, 11 May 2010


For some of the London shows, I used this special high ISO film, which I found in Poland. It makes the pictures come out in lovely sepia-like tones. Here's the result.

Backstage at Christopher Kane
Picture by me

Monday, 10 May 2010


It's interesting to see that after "A Single Man" another moody and extremely visually stylish movie has hit the screens. And just like its predecessor, "I Am Love" with Tilda Swinton is a real tearjerker, which tells the story of a life drama hidden beneath a sugary facade. The visuals are particularly striking - I loved the images of Milan in the snow (reminds me of Eastern Europe for some reason) and of course, the ever-immaculate wardrobe of Emma (which is all by Jil Sander I believe).

Wednesday, 5 May 2010


Dutch photographer Ed van der Elsken spent the 1950s documenting the bohemians of the Left Bank Paris. I first stumbled onto his book "Love on the Left Bank" in an antique book store in Berlin, but haven't been able to find it since... If anyone knows how to get hold of it, please help! I'm absolutely in love with his nighttime images...

All pictures by Ed van der Elsken

Monday, 3 May 2010


I watched Tom Ford's "A Single Man" last night. Some people argue the movie's too slow, it resembles too much an elongated perfume commercial, but for me, it really embodies visual perfection. Also, big points for the Polish composer Abel Korzeniowski, whose music score adds even more drama to this sad story.