For as long as I can remember my attention has been easily averted by art. Be it a painting, song or dance, I am taken by the detail and intrigued by the process. In 2003 at 14 years old there I was, mid conversation with my mum and until today I can’t tell you a word she said. She was holding the May edition of British Vogue, Kate Moss’s iconic David Bowie inspired cover. I had never seen anything like it, I don’t know if it was the pop of colour or it’s typically British rebellious allure.
I soon became enamoured with eye-catching portraits and began to collect Vogue covers photographed by Nick Knight (yes, he did the Bowie cover). There is something about the way he shoots that commands attention, and his work had mine.
Fast-forward to 2005, by this time I am actually reading Vogue, in my first year of college and you guessed it. . . Studying photography. I would lock myself in my room with my Vogue until I was done reading. Cover to cover. It was my escape. I’ve always been more artistic than academic but fashion journalism resonates with me. During my college course I began to research fashion photographers and fell in love with the work of David Lachapelle, his out of the box style and flare for pushing boundaries held my attention.
Fortunately for me, my photography tutor was a working advertising photographer and understood the method to the madness in my early photography. I liked to blur the lines between fetish and fashion and he let me. This also made it very awkward being in the darkroom with my classmates as they were developing photographs of landscapes or bowls of fruit and well, my work was considered risque. But that didn’t deter me, I have never been one to just ‘fit in’.
Photography has always been a form of expression for me and the control freak in me forced me to learn to do hair and make up. I love working with a team of creatives to build beautiful images but I am in my element when I have full creative licence. I still subscribe to British Vogue, and it still leaves me in awe as I turn the pages every month.
Vogue definitely stands the test of time. As paper magazines have become less popular and the way we consume information has changed, Vogue too has adapted for the times. With active and informative social media, YouTube channels and a digital version of the magazine, British Vogue is just as relevant now if not more than ever. I love that I have been able to see the changes over the years and as the role of ‘Editor-in-chief’ has been passed on.
Edward Enninful is doing an incredible job, since he has been editor-in-chief the diversity in models and photographers featured in British Vogue is just amazing. The July 2020 issue ‘The new frontline’ is the perfect response to the covid-19 pandemic. Three amazing covers honouring the people who are truly on the frontline right now. A supermarket assistant, A midwife and a train driver, I can’t wait for my August issue to arrive as I know there are fourteen special landscape covers.