Falling into the Forties with Scirocco Photographic

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Back in February, I was lucky enough to get in contact with Rojer Weightman of Scirocco Photographic.In Rojer’s words:

I have been taking photographs since I was about 10 years old starting with my Dad’s box brownie and eventually, after working with film, graduating to a digital SLR.

I love the tradition of photography and the work of people such as Man Ray, Horst, Erwin Blunfeld through David Bailey to Rankin. I love experimenting with differing types of photography from still life to landscapes to portraits and playing with the styles from the 20s, 30s and, when shooting fashion, from the 40s and 50s with the rich colours used by the glossy magazines of the day.

If you are interested in working with me, please see my portfolio on
http://www.facebook.com/sciroccophotographic or http://purpleport.com/portfolio/sciroccophotographic

After initial discussions, we decided to collaborate on a forties-style shoot. Rojer’s style focuses much more on vintage street-style looks rather than traditional pin-up shots. I found the transition from pin-up to more natural posing a little tricky to begin with, however Rojer was very patient and gave clear direction. It felt great to try something new and different. Looking at the images from the shoot, I am so impressed by how they’ve turned out. Rojer’s photography really does hark back to years of old; it is as if the images were taken in the past. I would really love to work with Rojer again, maybe looking at styles from other eras.

The outfit for this shoot was made up of a mix of vintage and reproduction vintage pieces. The dress is a 1940s dress from Vivien of Holloway. I adore the style and fit of this dress – it hugs all the right places. The length is demure and flattering. I was really attracted to the subtle floral print which contained tiny orange flecks. This tiny accent colour paired well with my jacket from an Amsterdam vintage shop and my vintage scarf from a stall at Twinwood  Festival.

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For hair, I wet-set my hair two nights beforehand. I then brushed the life out of it and fixed in place with a mega-ton of hairspray. I took the bold pink colour from the dress and used a similar colour on my lips. Eyeliner was kept more subtle to suit the forties look.

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Rojer takes a lot of his influences from vintage films and you can really see this in the images he creates. I really enjoyed this project and I know Flo can’t wait to collaborate with Rojer either. Thanks for a wonderful experience and gorgeous images!

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