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Reflection and Photography

3 May

I dream of travelling the world, meeting people from every corner and widening my reality.

I want to understand people’s faces, I want to learn about people not just from their words, but from what I see and experience. I feel through excessive use of media my senses have become dulled to the world around me. I have spent hours and hours in from of my laptop, often living what I see as an almost purely synthetic existence. Don’t get me wrong – the internet is a vast melting pot of useful information and inspiration to be seized, but what and I really gaining from the experience? Could I be spending my time on this earth better?

Being an individual who’s every action depends upon intensive gut feelings, I think perhaps the reason my life sometimes feels so empty, is because I am not listening to what my mind and soul are asking for. Vivid, interactive personal experience.

Day 01. PHOTOGRAPHER: Victoria Stansfield

Day 01.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Victoria Stansfield

When considering my art, within the fashion industry I have found makeup can be quite passive – and is often dictated by someone else. I myself am a result of media contortion and am often incredibly self objective, as are many other women (and men). I do not want to be part of an industry in which women are made to feel uncomfortable with themselves and their lives. I watched a great Ted Talk my friend Steph posted up and it summarises these issues well. Take a look….

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Whilst working within the fashion industry, we feel are creating something beautiful, but in actual fact we are producing only destruction. We are crushing the self confidence of millions of women, debilitating their daily lives and increasing self hate and jealousy. Why are we doing this to ourselves? Is this really how we think we should be acting and feeling? Is there not something better for us out there?

I feel by doing any kind of fashion makeup, I am tearing myself away from the path towards my mountain (thanks for the advice Gaiman!) – both morally and artistically. I feel I have been easily led into fashion by the promise of instantaneous reward, particularly in monetary terms. However, despite the draw, I am to stop taking part in this game and follow what is true to myself, now focussing on my workshop practice (the SFX discipline I most enjoy), along with performance work.

Day 02. PHOTOGRAPHER: Victoria Stansfield

Day 02.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Victoria Stansfield

Back to the photography side of this post.

I want to really focus on life, I want to get out there, see it, do it, capture it. I have decided to get back into photography. My main interest is within documentary, journalistic and portraiture photography – but I’m not going to focus on that too much whilst I learn to use my camera again. I feel by doing this I will train myself to look closer into what is around me and re-connect with people – or even just learn to connect as I am a child of the social media technology era and have grown up plugged in.

From now on, you shall be getting more mini-updates, as I invite you to share in my life adventure, one photo at a time.

I cant promise they’ll all be wonderful, but everyone starts somewhere. It’s just where it takes you along the way that is what matters.

I implore you do do something that will take you to new places, and fill your heart with light and happiness.
Look beyond your computer screen and reach to the world outside.

Day 03. PHOTOGRAPHER: Victoria Stansfield

Day 03.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Victoria Stansfield

Shoot: Victorian England vs. Día de Muertos

25 Apr

Today I shot with Photographer Martin Beaumont and Lunar Rising (Aka Abi Wright).

The shoot was to be based on Victorian England and  Día de Muertos. Martin had wanted to add the  Día de Muertos element to his portfolio and I was keen on getting some body painting practice so was happy with this option. Martin had found a brilliant location, where we would be able to shoot it old Victoria Carriages… so we thought we would try add a little twist to the Day of the Dead theme.

Our original plans were big, however with such little time for body-painting and shooting, we found we were not able to fully carry out our ideas – so this is a project to be developed. I’m looking forward to the next step.

Special thanks to Sally Stone at West Yorkshire Playhouse Costumer Department for lending us the clothes! 🙂

MUA: Victoria Stansfield, PHOTOGRAPHER: MArtin Beaumont, MODEL: Lunar Rising

MUA: Victoria Stansfield, PHOTOGRAPHER: MArtin Beaumont, MODEL: Lunar Rising

MUA: Victoria Stansfield, PHOTOGRAPHER: MArtin Beaumont, MODEL: Lunar Rising

MUA: Victoria Stansfield, PHOTOGRAPHER: MArtin Beaumont, MODEL: Lunar Rising

Shoot: Graduate Photography with Nisha Clutton

24 Apr

Today I shot with Photographer Nisha Clutton and Model Zoe Harlotti.

The shoot was organised by Nisha, who was looking to build her fashion photography portfolio for university. She found myself and Zoe using the website Purple Port. A website on which artistic professionals and enthusiasts are able to search for others when wanting to offer paid work or work on collaborations.

In the shoot I was asked to do one makeup look, with a slicked back hairstyle. The makeup was to be based on a brief sent by Nisha; which consisted of using dark smokey eyes and metallics. It gave me the opportunity to experiment with eye makeup, something I am less confident with and I was pleased with the results.

I have to say, initially the makeup I did I was great – though once done, I tried to add vaseline for a wet look; it didn’t really work. The makeup blending I had spent so much time on became blurred and wiping the vaseline cause strong lines. I need to look into more methods of creating wet look effects.

Despite this, the final images looked wonderful. Thanks girls!

MUA: Victoria Stansfield, PHOTOGRAPHER: Nisha Clutton, MODEL: Zoe Harlotti

MUA: Victoria Stansfield, PHOTOGRAPHER: Nisha Clutton, MODEL: Zoe Harlotti

Shoot: Graduate Design

13 Apr

Today I worked with photographer Clare Chojnowski and Fashion Designer Sian Gabbidon from Huddersfield University.

The shoot was for a Graduating Designers clothing collection, an orange and white range of oversized garments contrasting with close fit pieces. Along with myself there was a hair stylist – I always love working with hair stylists as they always give great tips and usually are interested in knowing about my makeup work!

The makeup look was to be clean and natural, with an orangey tinge to the eye area – for this I used a beautiful multi-tonal orange form the Nyx Eyeshadow palette I bought form the IMATS last year.

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The models were absolutely stunning, towering over me in heels at around 6″3′. I’m so small. I even tried to take heels with me to offset this usual pattern – it didn’t work. It’s okay, I’m pretty sure being small is going to come in really useful for me one day soon.

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Final images will be up within a couple of weeks!

UPDATE

I have the final edits, I am really happy with the outcome, the girls look great and Clare’s Photography is wicked.

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MUA: Victoria Stansfield PHOTOGRAPHER: Clare Chojnowski CLOTHING DESIGNER: Sian

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MUA: Victoria Stansfield PHOTOGRAPHER: Clare Chojnowski CLOTHING DESIGNER: Sian

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MUA: Victoria Stansfield PHOTOGRAPHER: Clare Chojnowski CLOTHING DESIGNER: Sian

Shoot: Beauty and the Beasts

13 Apr

Today I shot with Photographer Kate Love, we seem to have a love of abusing the beautiful Model; Alix Dent.

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Check out Kate’s site here: http://misskatelove.tumblr.com/post/82509916610/i-shot-this-today-in-my-living-room-would-you

The theme of the shoot was beauty vs. unsightliness, to be created in a fashion/editorial style. I initially wanted to use old aged hands, using latex glove prosthetics; however the appliances had deteriorated by the time we got round to the shoot, so they had hardened and become more opaque.

Not worked!

Not Worked!

I took it off - start again!

I took it off – start again!

I instead decided to use Sculpt Gel for the one handed image, along with liquid latex, greasepaints, wound filler, blood and congealed blood. In my opinion the colouring is pretty shoddy, I’m really not good at this casualty style work and have no patience for it, as much as I continue to try. I just get frustrated with this type of mess. I much prefer the workshop FX. That said, the final images turned out well.

Sculpt Gel

Sculpt Gel

Below is the final image for the one hand shot. I quite like it, although you can’t actually really see the sculpt gel – maybe it needed more colouring. The hand doesn’t looked as strong on camera as it did on real life, it should have been old aged but it was hard to create the ageing in the sculpt gel, so I went for a more decayed but alive zombie look… having had inspiration for a development for a final image…

One Handed Shot

One Handed Shot

It seemed Kate and I were on the same wavelength, as she suggested using multiple hands; something I had been considering on the bus to the shoot! With the old aged thing failing, we decided to go for multiple decaying zombie hands, with Alix appearing to be captured by then. I made up kate’s little sister’s hands (who I had been giving a few quick lesson on FX), both of Alix’s hands and one of my own, before getting into position to take the shot.

Winner. One for the portfolio… I love Alix’s face.

Hair & Makeup: Victoria Stansfield Photography: Kate Love Model: Alix Dent

Hair & Makeup: Victoria Stansfield
Photography: Kate Love
Model: Alix Dent

Malice Shoot

21 Mar

This week I have been working for Big Blue Whale Studios in Leeds. BBWS is a collective arts company, which provides high levels of service for artistic projects by offering a range of professionals in differing disciplines, collaborating together to produce outstanding results. BBWS most commonly work on promotional and documentary pieces within the fashion, events and performance industries.

One of the projects we are currently working on is an online and printed look-book for the performance and lingerie clothing company, Malice. My role in this project is Key Make-up Artist, meaning I am to take instruction from the company director, Hannah Gurnett and liaise with the photographers, models and lighting technician to ensure the makeup design and production is correct.

Thursday 19th was our first day of shooting, taking up a full 12 hours. We got some amazing shots and I’m looking forward to getting back on set with them soon. I can’t say any more for now but here are a few teasers to get you going.

Abbie (Model) taking a selfie.

Abbie (Model) taking a selfie.

Sexy lady on a sexy bike!

Sexy lady on a sexy bike!

Eyebrow Blocking

29 Jan

Today as a class, in broken down groups we demonstrated to each other different ways of blocking out eyebrows; discussing the process, products and uses within the professional industry. The purpose of this task was not only to learn the obvious, but stretch our experimental abilities; questioning what was being asked of us and trying to formulate specific ways in which brow blocking worked for us personally.

I was in a group with Leanne and Emily, we split the task between us, sharing research, display and practical task. Prior to the presentation day, we did a trail run.

Despite our mistake in the size and cut of our eyebrow piece, we concluded that our process was the most successful in terms of visibility when done correctly. However, cap plastic application may not be required if dealing with a theatre production, as the detail will not be visible from far away. In reality, if dealing with a HD production, the actor would need to shave off or wax their eyebrows; as such small details would easily be recognised on the screen, rending coverup redundant.

Cap Plastic Application

Cap Plastic Application

Below you can see examples of the other groups’ work.

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Soap Application

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Wax Application

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Pritt Stick Application

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Pro-BOndo Application