Draft 7 – 16/10/15
Potential questions/issues I will explore;
Does our profession influence what we wear and how we wear it?
Is societies views on social class influenced by what people do for a living?
Does what a person wears for their profession affect how people interpret them?
Does dress code/uniform increase or decrease fashion statements?
Does dress code/uniform have an impact on what people wear and how they wear it?
Today people and fashion continuously correspond with each other. It is how people express themselves and identify with other people. What people chose to wear and how they wear it is hugely directed by social judgements upon one another. Within professional work places we have societal expectations of how we perceive certain professions should look in order to identify with who they are and what they do.
I will be exploring the alliance between people and fashion by looking closely at how people interpret and individualise their fashion style within a range of professional and work place contexts. To do this I will investigate questions such as; Does our profession influence what we wear and how we wear it? Does what a person wears for their profession affect how people interpret them? Is societies views on social class influenced by what people do for a living? Does dress code/uniform increase or decrease fashion statements? Does dress code/uniform have an impact on what people wear and how they wear it?
How I present myself professionally is an importance to me. I believe dressing appropriately for you what do is necessary for this. Fashion, how I look and how others perceive me is crucial to me as a person as I believe it is to others. Therefore I want to produce a series of images which explores different people and their professions looking at how they dress for their job within the lines of code of conduct and personal interest level in appearance.
I will be examining objective photography. I will start by looking at a series of images which closely look at different types and classes of people in a town – People of the Twentieth Century – 1920’s by August Sander. I will be looking closely at how he has represented these people, how he has defined them professionally and the composition of his portraits. I will also look at how Thomas Ruff has composed and directed his portrait serious and what he wanted to represent through this. In conjunction I will be looking into lifestyle product photography in order to photograph the clothing/uniform of someone’s profession separately.
In order to create a series of images I will need subjects to photograph therefore I will be creating and handing out a questionnaire to people within different professional backgrounds. I will discover what age/sex/culture each individual is, what their profession is, what their job dress code is and how they identify with that uniquely. Hopefully I will then be able to work with specific companies to compare the different job roles and dress codes of the employees.
Testing will begin on myself in order to identify the important factors of each image in relation to each individual. I will then move on to the people around me who are of different ages/gender/professions in order to begin investigating my questions and presenting my findings photographically.
I will be attending the Exhibition at Lamberts Gard (Leeds) to examine the work of mysterious photographer named ‘Z’ who has photographed the different cultures of people within Leeds. Hopefully how he has presented his work, composed his images and how he has represented his subjects will help direct how I will approach mine.
I will photograph both on location and within the studio to create a series of images which questions the generic uniform expectation of how we perceive certain professions should look. By photographing in and out of context to show the audience that fashion no longer has stereotypical dress codes.
I aim for this work to be self-published or published within a lifestyle magazine in order to represent to the readers and industry that fashion is a huge part of how people identify with themselves and one another. However I would also like the work to be in a gallery or exhibition in order for people to look up close and personal at the images to see how we all unconsciously judge people on their professional lifestyles.