Thursday, June 14, 2018

Pride (Won't Back Down)

Ya'll didn't think there'd be a follow up, did ya? Well surprise!
I had been listening to P!nk's 'What About Us' and at first thought
I'd do a shoot inspired by the music video, but I didn't have all those
elements available, so I went with the message it wanted to convey, 
and how that translate into the LGBT+ struggles we face today. 

The second verse and bridge in particular spoke to me and what
I had to go through growing an overweight, effeminate gay kid. And
I still tear up now and then when I really sit down and listen the song, 
because it's not something that goes away, it's not something that we pack
away under the bed when we'd had enough of it. Our scars, we walk around
with it everyday, and everyday is a consequence of those scars. 

"We are problems that want to be solved
We are children that need to be loved
We were willin', we came when you called
But, man, you fooled us, enough is enough.

Sticks and stones, they may break these bones
But then I'll be ready, are you ready?
It's the start of us, waking up, come on
Are you ready? I'll be ready
I don't want control, I want to let go
Are you ready? I'll be ready
'Cause now it's time to let them know
We are ready, what about us?"

And because of that, this photoshoot is dedicated to every single kid out there
who got called horrible names, bullied and got broken down, this is for you kid, 
cos we refuse to back down.











Sunday, June 10, 2018

We Can Do It (Pride)

A new shoot! I know right, I'm shocked myself, but
it was damn long over due, and it felt great to take photos
again!

With June being Pride month, I wanted this shoot to represent
my pride in not just my sexuality, but also personally. Taking 
direct inspiration from the 'Rosie the Riveter' poster, which was
initially created to boost worker morale in 1943, this iconic photo
went on to represent feminism in the 80's as well as other political
issues at the time.


For me, and I believe for many of my gay peers, this
represents so much of our culture as well, and although
this probably had nothing to do with gay rights, personally this
represents our continuous battle for acceptance, for equality. 
That we will always fight for what we believe in, for what
we are proud of. 

And so, this is my take on this iconic piece of history:







Thursday, December 22, 2016

In All Seriousness

It's been a while! A hectic year behind me, finished my second
year of fashion school with flying colours and traveled down to Western
Cape for a wedding. 

I realise I haven't posted in ages, and I apologise, so here is a shoot from September
where I practiced Special Effects MakeUp as part of our MakeUp class. As soon as I
heard we'd be doing special effects, I wanted to do the Joker, but Halloween style. 
So this shoot was my test run:







I will post some instagram shots of the final face for makeup class,
along with additional looks I created to practice with. 

Friday, May 6, 2016

WILD

This was a pretty emotional shoot for me to do. Was
going through a rough patch and finally got to listen
to Troye Sivan's album Blue Neighbourhood. This made
every emotion I felt exemplified and I needed it out. 

I struggled with this shoot, because may of the shots were so
hard to take due to the amount of emotion showing that I couldn't
include them...

Troye's single Wild plays a huge role in the shoot, along with
Youth..
Too long till I drown in your handsToo long since I've been a fool Never knew loving could hurt this good, ohAnd it drives me wildBend and break But I can't turn awayYou're driving me wild You make my heart shake
&

We're speeding through red lights into paradise
'Cause we've no time for getting old
Mortal bodies, timeless souls
Cross your fingers, here we go... 








Tuesday, May 3, 2016

_Superpower

This shoot's mood was directly inspired by Beyonce's song of
the same name, hence the title of the song being the same. I was
tempted to a shoot inspired for her music video for almost a year
but I needed it to be exactly as I envisioned it, and that's why it only
happened now. 

Apart from the video, there are certain lyrics that also inspired the
shoot, like 

"...when my voice is screaming out to my own ears, that
feels different to when I hear yours"

&

"And I thought the world would revolved without us..."

 Something so personal and deep about the song
resonate within in me that I can't really put any words
to, so I figured it would be best to put it out in pictures...












Thursday, April 14, 2016

Ponderings of A Gay-sha; Memoirs Of A Gay-sha Part III

My Chinese culture has been playing a huge part in my
studies as a fashion design student and so this shoot was
my visual manifestation of the impact. 

I give you Ponderings of A Gay-sha...