Squashing your face against a window or glass has always been a hilarious snippet of comedy gold (and an excellent ice-breaker) but in photography it isn’t always done as smoothly as it should be. Crass photocopier jobbys, with tight crops of faces (or worse boobs and butts) just doesn’t cut it for me. So I welcome Neil Bedford’s series of images (styled by Simon Mann) for clothing label Neighborhood’s latest lookbook, recently featured in Inventory Magazine.
They’re strong images and offer a different perspective by showing more than just the compressed face of the model. In black and white, the contrast is heightened and means we can see the creases and crumpled flesh much more vividly. Not only this but Neil’s images also do what they’re ultimately supposed to do, presenting the clothes wonderfully in what’s a great, inventive way to shoot a lookbook.
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