This is a late one and I confess to back-dating it a little - I hate to miss a month - but I was really pleased to be featured by Empty Kingdom in Decemeber. With quotes taken from the about page of the new website:
“I don’t think it’s enough to just take photos anymore…I’m working towards what I call a poorer photography.”
Let’s all grab a strong Bloody Mary or Mimosa on this Monday morning, and take in the works of Flyn Vibert. “My
whole approach is physical, there is no Photoshop or re-touch. I
appropriate, I manipulate and juxtapose, I re-light (this is crucial)
and then I re-photograph…My practice takes me so far that I really don’t
know any more (or even care) whether I’m an artist or a photographer.” ------------
They dug a good selection of images too. Some old, some new. This was always a favourite. Karen O at the peak of my infatuation for her:
"With the absence of Photoshop and re-touching, British photographer
Flyn Vibert creates a phantasmal mood in his work. Instagram and photo
filters are easily recognizable these days, and Vibert sets himself
apart making handmade filters in conjunction with re-lighting and
re-shooting for the final effect. His main narratives follow themes of
illusion and hallucination along with the ancient, while his work
contradicts this combination with raw elements of reality.
For a look that can easily be described as macabre and melancholy,
Vibert’s handmade filters use materials such as milk, coffee and sugar for the final
effect, making an alternative in fashion editorials that are usually
glossy and rely on airbrushing—Vibert is pushing in the other
This emerging take on photography is being dubbed “poorer
photography,” meaning “no Photoshop, no retouching, no darkroom
manipulation, just photography.” This style is easily recognizable for
its raw elements and apocalyptic take on fashion."
And right now, you can see me just edging into the top 20 for the month.
"Fragments by British photographer Flyn Vibert
is his first full fashion editorial. What makes this editorial unique
in the world of fashion is that there is no photoshop or re-touching. In
art maybe, but in fashion this is practically unheard of in nearly two
decades. It is refreshing to see an editorial with magical and ethereal elements that is raw yet well crafted as in Fragments.
So raw in fact, that some images were shot using raw ingredients
such as coffee, milk, and sugar. An editorial with many layers to be
I go through phases of shooting, day after day, pulling off in
multiple directions. I'll shoot hundreds of images if I hit the right
vein. Sometimes I know exactly where I'm going, other times I don't.
Mostly I prefer it that way. But whatever happens, there is always work
that gets left behind.
...until I stumble back on it
months later. This selection of images is really interesting me right
now. I wasn't sure about about it first time around. It's an unfinished idea. But there's something here I like that I want to explore further.
I don't usually use this place as a diary. Not for awhile anyway. It's strange though, because more than ever now I write down every idea, every mood, every thought I have. Each one dated. Set in stone. I even draft texts to myself when I'm on the move. Saving thoughts that might otherwise be lost.
Pounding drums, basslines.
Same shot combination, slight change x3?, displacement. Footsteps.
Fabrics flutter, surround, light, reflecting. Shadows overcast.
Pespective, walking. Uneven. Distance. Red light - smoke. Blackout. (London Fashion Week, Sept. 20) It's interesting to go back through these things. To remember what I was feeling at a certain point in time. Thoughts scrambled, sentences incomplete, words thrown out. But also sometimes more coherant, fluid thinking across the page. I don't know if they'd make sense to anyone but me. But the process is very important. It becomes a neverending resource.
For now, they stay locked up. But someday I'll share some more with you. I'd like that. This is a quote I noted down on the weekend, it feels very important right now: "Whatever you think can’t be done, somebody will come along and do it. A genius is the one most like himself."(Thelonius Monk) I couldn't leave you without at least a few photos:
This is a place for all my work in progress and news.
"It's not where you take things from - it's where you take them to." (Jean-Luc Godard)
Flyn Vibert, London.
Every image is different, there is no formula. I am always looking for a new way of pushing my work on. My whole approach is physical, there is no digital manipulation or re-touch. I appropriate, I manipulate and juxtapose, I re-light (this is crucial) and then I re-photograph.