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>> If ever I did want to do the ultimate self-preening thing and hang a portrait of myself in my own home, which FYI, I'm not about to do because I feel you need a really gigantic mansion to warrant such an act, then this portrait of me by Nick Knight as part of i-D's 200 Portraits project would be the one and only.  I did a bit of post-shoot gushing when I took part in the project last December but never did thank Nick Knight properly and officially after seeing the results of the shoot.  I'm utterly delighted with the fact that this is a portrait – not a fashion shoot, not an editorial with some fandangled concept – but a simple portrait.  I didn't quite realised how much moving I did on the shoot, which is of course not in keeping with my own no-physical-exertion lazy nature and the results can be seen here in this mini vid which is live on SHOWstudio now.  I think I panicked and just kept outstretching my arms when Nick Knight was asking for more 'grace' – like I said before, Sylvie Guillem, I am NOT…

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In other Nick Knight-related news, I had meant to post a round-up of the Business of Fashion: Fashion Pioneers talk with Nick Knight, which I found really fascinating but seeing as BoF did such a good summary of it, I thought it a little pointless.  Still, seeing as I did transcribe quite a bit of it throughout the talk, I may as well make use of it with some of my favourite quotes, a lot of which will seem quite contentious but in the context of Knight's body of work and what SHOWstudio has done over the years, makes complete sense.  It does give plenty of food for thought in regards to the future of the fashion industry and the way that it works and it makes me wonder what the next big watershed moment will be.  It also confirms to me that we are experiencing flux in the industry and in a way, I feel sort of quite lucky to be living through it and experiencing everything first hand…

On the lack of advances in photography…
"Photography has killed itself off.  It has allowed itself to become backward looking."

On fashion in motion…
"Clothes are designed to be seen in movement.  To some degree still photography is a compromise in the designer‚Äôs original vision."

On media's coverage of fashion in the UK…
"Media don‚Äôt represent fashion well ‚Äì it‚Äôs either trvialised or scandalised.  Especially in Britain."

On working with Lee McQueen on the Plato's Atlantis show, his last…
"Lee and I wanted to work on a live show for ages.  Eventually it made sense.  He teamed up with Gaga which was a masterstroke in my opinion.  She made it into an event.  There's a massive difference.  It isn‚Äôt enough just to plug in a camera and say 'It‚Äôs live!'"

Then on the consequence of the show which caused the livestream to break because of Lady Gaga tweeting about it to her followers…
"Seeing the machine melt… it‚Äôs got a special place in my heart."

On the pace of fashion due to consumers seeing clothes in live streams or on the internet…
"There's no longer any point in sending a fashion journalist down to show, showing the editor, and commissioning the shoot.  The consumer has already fallen in love with the piece."

On working as a photographer and being absolutely passionate about his work…
"It's (photography) the source of my desires.  You have to go into it to come 1st, not 2nd or 3rd.  There‚Äôs no security.  You‚Äôll be actively dis-encouraged.  It‚Äôs a lonely job."

On the negative side of fashion…
"There are moments where you question validity of it.  There‚Äôs a moment when you question ethics."

On the industry's narrow point of view…
"Fashion is so frustratingly narrow when it comes to the parameters of accepted beauty.  You have to have alternatives.  I hate that fashion photography excludes people in a way that they feel like they‚Äôre excluded from society."

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In the final bit of Nick Knight news, I'm SURE EVERYONE has seen his film ode to Lee McQueen 'To Lee, With Love, Nick', soundtracked exclusively by Bjork.  I'm SURE of it, right?  I don't feel like this blog is even worthy enough to host the Vimeo code so I'm just going to place A VERY PROMINENT LINK TO IT and urge everyone to devote their undivided attention to watch it, re-watch it and take it all in. 

P.S Big fan of the dotted line today…

Comments (22)

  1. Kirsty says:

    wow, your portrait is absolutley stunning! Nick Knight is a complete genuis, what an interesting article. The Lee McQueen tribute has been on repeat since I first saw it. Food for thought indeed. “But there is hope, there is so much hope out there…” x

  2. Hebden says:

    Now that is a portrait that should go up at home…you look stunning!

  3. Sophia says:

    Such a stunning portrait. Very very beautiful. <3
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  4. WendyB says:

    Someday when you’re passing through NYC, perhaps I should invite you to my small apartment to show you my ultra-preening giant portrait of myself as Anne Boleyn.

  5. Doni Brown says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR POSTING! I love Nick Knight and his work! You look amazing! Love the awkwardness!
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  6. annika says:

    you’re so completely gorgeous. i love your bangs :)
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  7. Love it, love your work, you look totally gorgeous. Get it blown up to a humungus size and hang it in your lounge! I have 2 from campaigns I have done…but then DJ’s are narcissistic bastards with huge egos ;)

  8. Mathilde says:

    SERIOUSLY if I had a photo of myself as nice as that one I would so be blowing it up and hanging it in the most prominent place possible in my house!

  9. Mathilde says:

    Also to WendyB ha! That sounds amazing – I want one!

  10. You had your picture taken by Nick Knight! What an honour. You are a worthy subject as well. I asbsolutely loved the interview BoF did with Nick and thanks to you I was alerted to it and tuned in. I am so pleased that Nick, being so talented and influential, is a supporter of diversity in our industry. I love that he has the broad-mindedness to see the way the fashion industry currently excludes anyone who doesn’t fit a very narrow definition of proscribed beauty and that he seeks to change that through his images. If only more of our fashion photographers were like him.

  11. susie_bubble says:

    Hmmm… now i’m having second thoughts about the portrait thing…. we’ll see what the other half says!
    WendyB: I’m THERE – anything Tudor themed is a thumbs up from me!
    Laura: Glad you watched it – Nick had so many salient points to make it was hard to keep up with the typing!

  12. Winnie says:

    It’s a gorgeous portrait and Wendy’s comment did make me giggle.
    Also agreed, the interview was fantastic!

  13. Kaite says:

    The light in the picture is beautiful, and the portrait really is nothing short of stunning. ^_^

  14. BEAUTIFUL Portrait Susie! Absolutely captures you!

  15. ali says:

    what a beautiful picture of you!!!

  16. ash says:

    what an honor. you look amazing!

  17. It is indeed a stunning portrait. You look great on that photo. I have portrait of my wife that I gave her last holidays and she is really amazed by it. I am a fun of black and white photos because it looks so classic and needless to say a breath of fresh air. More power.

  18. Maryjane says:

    That is crazy cool you lucky girl! What a fabulous shot and I do think it would make amazing wall art.
    Maryjane xoxo

  19. Dru says:

    ShowStudio really does some amazing stuff, don’t they? Your portrait is stunning, indeed- I hope you got a copy of it!

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