Vogue Singapore marks its second anniversary with the unveiling of its Club Vogue Singapore lounge on Spatial.io with NFTs of both iconic and new images from some of the world's most prolific photographers. Here, the image makers delve into their journeys of melding the physical and digital.
British photogrpaher Liz Collins has shot some of the most famed supermodels including Kate Moss, Gigi Hadid, and Kaia Gerber. Having studied under Martin Parr and graduating from the University of Surrey, Collins quickly found her stride in a male-dominated industry. Ardent followers will come to notice her expertise: dynamic yet elegant images focused on harnessing female empowerment. “Having a photographic archive that spans over 30 years, of which 50 percent is analogue, I often get asked to revisit the archive for retrospective usages. It is a place of mixed emotions for me,” shares Collins. Encapsulating this perfectly is Collins’ selected artwork, ‘Les Femmes’.
Working with photography and film, the merging of the worlds of technology and tradition are advantageous, increasing both efficiency and creativity. In camera and post-production, technology is boundary-breaking. The world of film and photography has found new use thanks to CGI and immersive streaming. The doors are open to parallel creativity.
The image was photographed in 2020, yet could have been taken in 1920. Although timeless, it has an underlying environmental narrative to me. The woman is wearing a Patagonia Yulez wetsuit which is 85 percent natural rubber and reef-safe, Earth-friendly and fair trade. It is a physical shield to the freezing temperatures of the water but is made by utilising nature. Photographically, the image is made in a more environmentally safe way than the polluting alternative of analogue film. It was shot at the River Dart, Devon, which is a great source of natural inspiration to me.