One day left and the Paris Fashion Week will be over. Today I will attend to Louis Vuitton and Lanvin Fashion shows. yesterday I was at Chloé, Hermès and John Galliano fashion shows. Models were so sweet… (click “view all pictures” and scroll down)
and so tall…
My mood was swinging between joy and anger. Joy because of the smiles people keep on giving me (they very liked my cap), joy because of the compliments I received from so many people that very liked my vision of photography,
joy because I met so many kind people, from the security guards to chief editors of major fashion magazines like Anna Dello Russo, creative director of Vogue Nippon
Anger and bitter because of the stupid and greedy attitude of some photographers who fucked so many of my photos. I wanted to kill them. What the hell are they doing ? What the hell street style photography is turning into ? Let me explain the situation. My vision of street style is to humanize fashion by showing stylish by happy people in live. Furthermore I try to have the more I can an orginal way of photography : nice attitude from the models, nice frame, nice situation… As I told you before in so many post concerning the fashion week, models for example are not just being asked for a photos,
they are harassed. Especially from Japonese photographers. Some of them are cool, but other behave like starving animals running on a piece of meat.
My vision of photography implies me to show you the reality of the fashion week and to do it everyday of the fashion week on a new way. It’s a big, very big challenge. Why ? I’m gonna tell you why.
1- the originality of some photographers.
As you know it for a while, I decided from the beginning of Style and the City to show you what is really the fashion week not by only showing you some nice style but by showing you that other photographers working. Nobody has ever done that before. I had this idea because of my TV experience. Remember my resume : for 3 years I’ve bee doing tv reportages about TV shows’ backstage. Have a look on my videos there. “Backstage” are more fun and show a better reality. “So what is the problem Kamel ?”. I tell you what is the problem. In every fashion week, I met lots of people and lots of photographers. We talk about our job, our vision of photography. Among all of them I met a photographer to who I explain that I prefere doing my king of fashion week photo coverages, showing all the photographers working, the professionalism of japonese. 4 month after this conversation I meet this photographer. I complain about the to many photographers that destroy some of my pics and here’s the conversation :
Me : too many photographers this fashion week, horrible.
Him : I like that, I want to show that.
Me : (surprised) heu, that’s what I do.
Him : but I want to show the japonese photographers working as well.
Me : (even more surprised) heu, that what I do.
He look at me, He see that I am shocked and leave.
Morality : I don’t care about being copied by every one in the way I do photography. As I showed it to you in other posts, it happened every time, during the fashion weeks and even in Paris (I will tell you the story of the young photographer who wants so much to have the same pictures of mine in his blog that one day, while I was shooting close to Colette he came so close to me that he pushed my arm and made me fucked my photo. I was so pissed of). It’s an honor to be copied but all that I want it’s just some respect, just a “thank you Kamel, you inspired me”. Just a “thank you” is enough. I already gave some advice to a great friends that now work for style.com and I will pleased to give advice to anybody who will need it. Life is about sharing, giving, not stealing or copying.
2-the greedy photographers and the business of street style.
As the photographers are concentrated close to the entrance of the fashion show, I decided to stay at the opposite in order to have a new way of photography. Few days ago I noticed that the sky after the rain was beautiful and an idea came into my mind : what about stylish post cards from Paris ?
The sky, the clouds, the color… A delight for my eyes. I was so happy to refresh my way of photography in order to improve my work and make Style and the City still a pleasure for my readers.
I don’t want to be a sheep, I don’t want to be a street style photographer, I just want to show people in a beautiful and human way. My technique there is to stay in my knees, to scan my horizon, looking for style and happiness. And when I find it, I make jokes so that people can see me and smile.
So I am alone, in this area, taking pictures of people I like…
They are enjoying seeing me there, telling them some jokes to make them smile…
Women are beautiful… “You are like an angel in the sky my lady” was my running leitmotiv.
Sometime when I could do it, I did again some of my former typically shots.
I was happy, because alone, because people know me now and smile to me, because no other photographers. But my happiness just lasted 5 minutes : and here comes the other photographers. They saw me and now they arrive… The consequences are bad, very bad.