I've been thinking about this for a while.
let me put these thoughts in order RBD.
I'm going to avoid the "fashion" part of your thread because the only experience I have with "fashion" is winning an art grant for a dress I modified a year ago for an erotic art show. I don't shoot "fashion" right now. Although I have designed many pieces of clothing and won awards and costume contests. But that was for the outfits not the photography of said outfits..
So I'll redirect my wandering mumbles into erotic art...
Where I'm more experienced...
I can't recall the very beginning so I'll start in the middle somewhere...
I saw an Erte some time in Jr. High and loved it.
Skinny women with cats? Being portrayed as beautiful?
Yes I thought that was the best thing ever.
http://bryannachapeskie.files.wordpress … /erte4.jpg
I have always loved the taittinger girl.
Again, extra thin women, and black dresses, and the lighting of the glass was hard and rim lit. The beauty of hard lines.
http://cache2.allpostersimages.com/p/LR … tinger.jpg
Even modern wine posters, are hard lit, lots of lines,
http://lzeeng.files.wordpress.com/2011/ … th-wm1.jpg
At some point I meet this weirdo model chick.
We became friends and collaborators.
I start doing gallery shows, stuff sells, other stuff does not sell. I listen closely to WHY some pieces sell and others do not.
I moved to Oakland 3 years ago. Join an art group.
I start doing commissions, people give me their ideas...
A year ago I created this one. Lighting people as I have seen glass lit so many times. This image goes into one of my books.
A friend and I have a long rambling midnight conversation about HIS winery art, I suggest nude women with the wine. It is not quite right for his market.
Wara LOVES to pour things on her self, I love the harder rim lighting & splashing things, little pretty drops of liquid...I am asked to do work for a High Tea show, the show is canceled.
A local Oakland Winery contacts our local art group and say they want artists to exhibit for the next few months, I all the guy up, make an appointment. We go over ideas, the idea of women and wine comes up. They let me borrow a wine cask.
https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/ … 5636_n.jpg
I call another client, we go over another unrelated job, the new winery exhibit is mentioned, my client is extra excited by the idea of the photos. I now have two people who seem to love the idea and are offering to buy/sell prints, the prints are still in my head. Not even created yet.
This happens. People love it, and want to see more, a friend asks to do a shoot.
https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos- … 4804_n.jpg
So there you go, a long rambling visual path of how an image was created with the inspiration behind it.