With only 4 days until July 4th I really wanted to post a photo from an Americana set that Sophie & I shot together. Even though I am English/Norwegian my parents have lived in America for the majority of my life, and spending so much time there has led me to consider it my adopted home. Last year we celebrated July 4th with a mini American themed tea party at my apartment in London, with myself, my mum, my sister, and our brother and his wife (a native Texan). I haven’t made plans for this year (yet), but I hope to find a good fireworks display to go to!
We shot this set in a studio with a giant flag – a bit of a mission to hang up but it all worked out in the end! The dress was absolutely gorgeous – really retro 50s style and had a boned bust with a nipped in waist and tulip skirt to add curves on the hips. Marvelous! Pretty much should have grown up in 1950s America…
Happy July 4th!
Dress – ASOS
I absolutely loved this shoot! I’ve wanted an opportunity to shoot a really powerful war-propaganda-esque image for ages and this was the perfect chance. I had the famous ‘We Can Do It’ poster in mind in with the colours, and I chose to go for a really simple lighting combination of a large beauty dish as the key light with a small softbox flash to fill in.
I was recently contacted by the Environmental Justice Foundation to ask if I would be interested in writing a piece on them. The answer was, without a doubt, a yes. The EJF campaigns for many causes, including illegal wildlife trade, toxic pesticides, save the sea, and cotton picking. I’ve chosen to focus specifically on their campaign for climate refugees, aptly named ‘No Place Like Home’. You probably haven’t heard of climate refugees, have you? I certainly hadn’t. There are currently, however, around 38 million climate refugees. It is the growing issue of some of the world’s poorest people being forced to leave their land and homes behind due to deteriorating environmental conditions and climate change leading to natural disasters like flooding and storms.
Isn’t it ironic that we, who contribute most to climate change, should feel the least of the effects? And that these vulnerable people who have contributed the least will be forced to deal with it’s greatest impacts? These people have no legal status or protection, and are not recognised by the UN. EJF has the intention of establishing a legally-binding ‘instrument’ to identify, protect, and support these climate refugees. Read about how you can help the environment here.
Vivienne Westwood has designed a t-shirt in aid of the No Place Like Home cause, using a low carbon supply chain and 100% organic cotton. It has been photographed on the likes of Naomi Campbell, Mathew Horne, Romola Garai, Roisin Murphy and The Vaccines. The money raised goes to the campaign, and you can purchase one for only £20 here!
Here is an interview with the Dame herself:
Vivienne Westwood x EJF
Yours truly in the Viv x EJF tee! Looking very desaturated, I might add…
Vivienne Westwood is not the only great designer that is involved with the organisation though – check out designs from Katharine Hamnett, Alice Temperley, Christian Lacroix, Luella, Richard Nicoll and many more at their online shop here.
The Rodnik Band for EJF