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Research Grandma's House // AW15: Charlie Engman

February 9, 2017

When looking for inspiration for the Grandma's House AW15 shoot I knew from the outset that I wanted something different than shooting the collection against a plain background. 


A series by photographer Charlie Engman features a high fashion concept but uses his Mum as a model. There are subtle elements I like about this series, like the fact someone is holding up the background. 


I will be taking references from this work and incorporating these into my own practice for the Grandma's House shoot. For this I will be producing a concept and mood board and doing a call out for a collaboration to find a model and MUA. 


More info about Engman was sourced from his website below:



Originally from Chicago, Charlie Engman started working with photography while completing a degree in Japanese and Korean Studies at the University of Oxford. Formerly involved professionally in theatre and dance, with an abiding interest in visual and sculptural movement and gesture, he began using photography primarily as a note-taking device, notably creating Domestic Diorama, a series of abstracted body studies often using himself as the model. In keeping with this investigative approach, Charlie’s images are at essence conceptual and visual solutions to the formal problem of picture making, pushing the scope and visual possibility of what he has to work with—models, clothing, props and sets, a certain space, light, the potential of post-production and graphic design. Charlie is not afraid to playfully and cleverly confront the artifice of his images, and we are often privy to the boundaries and construction of his working environments where coloured paper backdrops, mirrored surfaces, foam blocks, skylights, door and window frames are used to construct temporal spaces in which the shoot takes place. In each case Engman responds to a slightly different question or set of preoccupations unique to that particular image, requiring a specific approach and resolution. Engman’s commissioned work has appeared in publications such as AnOther Magazine, Dazed & Confused, POP, Garage, The New York Times Style Magazine, and Vogue US and has been used by clients such as Stella McCartney, Hermès, Vivienne Westwood, Kenzo, Opening Ceremony, Farfetch, Sonia Rykiel and Nike.



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