The Power Of The Female Gaze

The Power of the Female Gaze

Hypnotic and bewildering, a sideward glance that is both furtively powerful and discreet. How can that be? I recently watched the documentary on Princess Diana -       “Diana: In Her Own Words”,  on The National Geographic Channel - and was reminded of the power of  “The Gaze"  

Diana was grand and beautiful, but she held a shy sideward gaze that captivated a Prince, A World of Humanity, and The Heart of People. She had you from the start.  From the first  shy glance. It held mystery, and allure, and promise of a hidden compassion that dwelled beneath.  As a photographer, I am always interested in the gaze of my subjects. It reflects a moment of realness. A moment where my subject is at home. One where we meet and separate at the same time. It is the women that I photograph that have an unusual reaction-or look as we say.  I have cast and photographed thousand of models for worldwide commercials and print campaigns and they are so use to being sexy in front of the camera when a man is photographing them. When I photograph them, I find that they are more natural and carefree laughing and flirting with the camera itself or imagining who will one day be viewing this image.  I take a beat, until I get the reaction I need. The shift of power from photographer to subject changes rapidly. It’s a constant flux. The sexy vibe is there…different. Very different then say, a pose of a model from  a shoot with Helmut Newton, Nan Golden, Cindy Sherman, Mario Testino, Bruce Weber,  Ellen Von Unworth, Lillian Bassman, Louise Dahl-Wolf (Of course these are exceptional  photographers with exceptionally noticeable styles).  However it made me think of the intent and the editing of my captures. More importantly it makes me think of The power of the female Gaze.

 Our society is so obsessed with photography- no secret..just take a look around. Sexy images abound..however not all are truly sexy in the real sense. Some just fake it. I’ve come to realize that just as I am looking for truth in Art and Beauty..The Beauty of The Female Gaze and power is just that..you can’t fake it. A photo may only capture a portion of truth..but the fragment of true is in the moment. 

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That Gaze that started it all

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Cosmic Beauty

check out some of the alluring scarves and pocketsquares

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Neoprene Fashion

 Neoprene Fashion About Art, Dance, and Leisure                            

Getting the last few days of summer in when you want it to last…this past weekend was incredible on Long Island, the waves were crashing, the temperatures were high and surfers were plenty.

 There was Neoprene on the sand, and some in the water. My new found friends were sporting their wetsuits and tempting the waves, and last looks of summer from the guys.  I am finding more and more designers using this fabric-(Neoprene), in new and inventive ways. Taking this sportier textile to the high end luxury market  and finding a new fit. It can create some fetching attitude. We wear leisure athletic wear on an everyday basis. It's fun to see how it plays out in everyday life, as more and more designers have embraced it. I am loving it on a grey ruffled sweatshirts, as pictured here in the designed sweater by Dice Kayek. I am finding it on bomber jackets, and on laser cut clothes...it translates to an active and fashion lifestyle. Maybe I will make a scarf collection with it. What are your thoughts on the textile? Comfortable? Chic?  Would love to hear from you. Looking forward to seeing it in Fall Fashion. Somehow it might make the last week of summer endless. 

Bill Cunningham “ Fashions the armor to survive the reality of everyday life”
Dice Kayek Designed Resort 2018 Ruffled Sweatshirt-  One of my favorite looks for the coming season

Dice Kayek Designed Resort 2018 Ruffled Sweatshirt- One of my favorite looks for the coming season

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If only life were a day at the beach!

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