Being inspired by the photography of Saul Leiter

If you’ve seen the Todd Haynes’ film Carol these pictures will feel very familiar. Beautifully shot by the cinematographer Ed Lachman, Carol was visually inspired by the work of the late photographer Saul Leiter. Feeling in desperate need of inspiration, myself (it’s true what they say about all work and no play), I took myselfRead more

Keeping it simple – with a twist

  I’ve been thinking a lot about simplicity and styling over the last week (more of which at a later date). What works and what doesn’t, and why. Margaret Howell’s spring/summer 2015 campaign photography by Alasdair McLellan illustrates this beautifully (I’m sure I’m not the only one who  squirrels Margaret Howell lookbooks away for future reference). Shot at theRead more

Winter hats by Olga Chernysheva

Have we reached Peak Selfie yet? Hopefully, if the work of Russian artist Olga Chernysheva is anything to go by. The 51-year-old has taken a series of street style photos of the backs of the heads of anonymous women wearing woolly hats. In Moscow. Unlike the usual selfie/street style shot, these images are taken withoutRead more

Beauty at any age: Vivienne Westwood

This fantastic image of Vivienne Westwood is by the photographer Andy Gotts. Famous for shooting naturalistic portraits of Hollywood stars and other famous people, I saw his ‘Behind the Mask’ exhibition for BAFTA. In an interview with Notes on the Road, Gotts describes how he works: ‘I am a ‘one man band.’ I have no assistants at each shoot, and no PRRead more

Horst P. Horst exhibition at the V&A

American Vogue cover, July 1939 Before the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition comes to the V&A next year – there’s another show I can’t wait to see. The Horst P. Horst retrospective opening at the museum in September celebrates one of the 20th century’s most iconic photographers. From Mainbocher to American Vogue, the German-born photographer worked with all the big couturiers and fashionRead more

Bailey Stardust exhibition

David Bailey is a man with an ego bigger than Marianne Faithfull’s pants ( I do love a pair of big pants) – and a retrospective to match. The National Portrait Gallery is showing 250 of the 76-year old photographer’s fabulous portraits, some previously unseen, in an impressive overview of a career spanning more thanRead more

Pier Review

That’s Not My Photograph. It’s the work of Simon Roberts a Brighton-based photographer who spent three years travelling around the British coastline taking pictures of piers. Being a seasider myself, I have a penchant for piers (I almost feel quite spoiled having grown up in Blackpool, home to three sea-stepping structures. Almost). So, I’ll beRead more