Instagrammable

The Grammification of art was a strong contender and theme during our Frēsh 18 awards. We showcase the ways in which photographers and models articulate confidence, attitude, how they decompose and restructure the meaning of Selfies and offer a fresh approach to fashion, styling and casting.

'Doing it for the gram'. Instagram is the source behind an abundance of nascent terms and phrases occupying our vocabularies. A social network with unparalleled dynamism and an influence which extends into the way we pose, dress, eat and, ultimately, live. Instagram has its own ethos and code of conduct for those taking it seriously. Most importantly, it has given a platform to new artists and new means of expression and self-discovery to aspiring creatives and models.

It wouldn’t be far fetched to claim that Instagram has inspired a visual revolution. The platform is inherently inclusive and fosters content democratization through its vast reach. It has also developed into an eclectic marketplace where photographers find their muses and artists find their voice with new projects and collaborations sprouting every other scroll of the thumb. It is no coincidence that the latter are paving the way for new aesthetic currents to emerge; from fashion, to colour grading, to post-production and “millennial pastels”, all major publications and industry connoisseurs are taking notes in an effort to unpack and decode the new trends. Everyone is doing everything for the gram.

The ‘Grammification’ of art was a strong contender and theme during our Frēsh 18 awards. We collected the most characteristic examples, which showcase the ways in which photographers and their models articulate on confidence, attitudes, how they decompose and restructure the meaning of Selfies and offer a fresh approach to fashion, styling and casting. Have a look.
 


Next-Door-Earthlings

The photographer as the extension of the model, in a journey of confidence and optics.

The 90's


Raquel
curator

"A beautiful capture of the last few decades in one image, the props, the colours, the hair - it's got attitude. A hard thing to capture."
Ian Fooks

"This series is all style. Simple idea perfectly executed. Like."
Tim Jarvis

 

Hat-Trick


Harry Lee
curator

"Reminds me of Marlon Brando in 'The Wild One' only in this case the protagonist is rather benevolent."
Villy Devlioti

"The hat being a simple metephor for occupation, representing to me that no matter where you're located you can find something you love and make it a living."
Harry Lee

 

Sarawberry


Jose Otero
curator

"Just a girl, walking by a photo studio and taking it by storm."
Villy Devlioti

"There is a whole movement that revolves around photographers and models bouncing around the world; intersecting for a moment and then moving on - with just a shot to mark the occasion. A new process of working together with a new sort of reward."
Tim Jarvis

 

Rose Colored Glasses


Missy Monoxide
curator

"Rising from the shadows, and boldly making our presence known in a male-dominated industry. We are like the Phoenix."
Missy Monoxide

"I love how the smoke effect becomes part of the model’s attire and, ultimately, identity, while she lowers her shades asking ‘What do you know about me?”. Brilliant."
Villy Devlioti

"This is perfect Instagram; interesting, dynamic and it doesn't bend to brand, campaign or ad exec."
Tim Jarvis

 

Life's Like A Balloon


Molly Stephens
curator

"The immediate pull of the image takes away from the subtleness of grading, structure and hidden messages."
Ian Fooks

"There's a simple, blunt honesty to this shot that appeals to me. Like what i'm about or scroll on."
Tim Jarvis

 


Unapologetically Real

Selfies are no longer considered as shameless bragging - they’re proof of self-discovery and experimentation, in the form of polaroids.

The Insides; That's What's Beautiful


Adina Salome Harnischfeger
curator

"I stopped while removing my make-up because I realized that in that moment I was pure, totally myself, not beautiful and not trying to be."
Adina Salome Harnischfeger

"Refreshing honesty in an otherwise perfected world."
Ian Fooks

"A moment of purity in every sense of the word."
Villy Devlioti

 

You're Just a Feeling


Maria Vargas
curator

"I wanted to create something outside of the box, utilizing food in a way to alter the way we view women and sexuality."
Maria Vargas

"It's really refreshing to see the female gaze at work in simple photographer and model combinations - the result is more sensitive and more collaborative."
Tim Jarvis

 

Caim


Ginebra Siddal
carbon curator

"Her inner own world, like an astronaut, searching for love on other planet."
Ginebra Siddal

"This self-portrait by the photographer is part of a larger series that deals with themes that touch on isolation, objectivity and distance - which allows us a glimpse of creativity as a tool for working through your feelings, as well as simply expressing them."
Tim Jarvis

 


Styling As Identity As Styling

Breaking down the barriers of model casting and high fashion, these photographer provide evidence that style is eternal and that style is character, indeed.

Yuri


Hannah Overbeek
curator

"In a world of constant and ever-evolving reference, sometimes an arresting image reminds you of the simplicity colour can bring to an image."
Ian Fooks

"This series is about picking a colour and playing with it. Like a learning exercise, it's just about seeing what happens."
Tim Jarvis

 

La Vie En Rose


Nicole Aimi
curator

"I was inspired by the song sung by Edith Piaf. Taking influence from 20's fashion and crossing it with classic french accessories, I created an angelic-like old film set."
Nicole Aimi

"I like the fact that I cannot actually pinpoint this photoshoot at a specific time. It can be in the 1920s as the artist suggests, but the colour process is reminiscent of the 1970s or 1980s. It's time agnostic, so potentially eternal."
Villy Devlioti

 

Rockstar Warrior


Andrea K
silver curator

"So much personality, it transcends the screen. Captivating."
Villy Devlioti

"There's a bravery here - not just to push styling into new directions, but to be defiant in ignoring the reason and purpose of a commercially-justifiable shoot and just doing it for the hell of it."
Tim Jarvis

 


Frēsh Insight
The Insight programme explores ideas and concepts from across the Frēsh 18 entry pool. Compiled by Tim Jarvis and Villy Devlioti with help from our Curators.
09.2018