Visor, Tom Hill.
Carnival Magazine talks to fashion obsessed photographer Tom Hill, based in London. His work showcases use of graphic architecture, line and shadow - combined with Mario Testino inspired energy and personality...
Tell us about yourself.
I am a young fashion photographer based in London and obsessed with fashion. I grew up in the countryside but my inspiration has since moved towards more graphic pieces of architecture which utilise strong lines and forms. I find these combine well with the style of clothes that I enjoy shooting.
Did you study photography or a related course?
I studied BA Hons Photography: Editorial and Advertising at the University of Gloucestershire. I found that during my studies my personal style became more defined and I began to work with a greater number of people contributing to each of my shoots.
Tell us about your work.
Fashion photography and studio assisting are my full time professions. I am influenced by strong shapes, complementing colours and designers who have a strong voice.
What do you love about photography?
I love the ability to create a fantasy and to tell a story.
Which photographers inspire your practice?
There are many photographers whose attitude I admire, such as Arthur Elgort and Mario Testino, for their personality and the liveliness that they bring to a shoot. I try not to study work that I feel is too close to my own as I worry that I will unwillingly emulate this.
Tell us about the featured editorial, Visor.
This shoot came from my love of the collection, which I first saw at the University of Southampton's degree show. This helped me form a clear aesthetic for the shoot as I saw the collection twice on two different models; the latter being Asian which instantly seemed to work with the garments. My initial idea for the location was to use a large sculpture as I knew the location had to be as clean and crisp as the collection. After a lot of research and failed scouting, I finally found this newly designed building which I felt suited the aesthetic I had in mind. The little story I had in my head was based around early sci-fi movies, in particular the image of a female explorer stranded in an unfamiliar world.
PHOTOGRAPHY / Tom Hill
MODELS / Hannah Huang
FASHION DESIGNER & STYLING / Lucy Baxter
(See more of Lucy’s work at www.lucybaxter.com)
HAIR STYLING & MUA / Rachael Kent
(See more of Rachael’s work at www.rachaelkent.com)
See more of Tom's work in Carnival Magazine Issue 02 and on his portfolio website.