Gleaner 180 Fashion Flashback Editorial

The Gleaner Company celebrated 180 years of service on  Saturday, September 13, 2014 but on September 6 and 8, my team was busy recreating fashion of the past and present, as part of the Gleaner’s Fashion Flashback Editorial.

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A month prior to the 180th milestone, I was approached by a colleague regarding a Fashion Editorial. It would be a special fashion project that show cases fashion from the 1900 through 2010. I was excited because Its been a while since i’ve photographed anything Fashion related with such thought, purpose and potential.

Anyway, the planning was sound! Location scouting opened my eyes to all the historic sites we have and left me with a few options that I might use one day for a private shoot. After visiting and selecting the locations, concepts and time decisions were a breeze. We even had contingencies in place in case it rained.

Based on the amount of pieces to be photographed, we decided to split the shoot over a two day period to ensure good use of time, space and ideas.  Luckily, I had the most awesome and funnest (that’s not a word) team to work with on set for both days and the team was so in sync that we got in and out with time to spare.

Team

Kmac: Lighting assistant and voice activated light stand
Jhean: Behind the scene videographer, photographer and on set stylist. She is the jack of all fashion trades
Garfene: Creative and artistic director, as well as, resident climber for those hard to reach places
Shari: Stylist and Assistant Project Coordinator
Models: (Day One: Samantha Williams and Shanae Bennett ) (Day Two: Kerry-Ann Hepburn and Drucilla Graham). Make Up Artists: Casandra Smith (1900-1950) and Sue Divinitti (1960 – 2010). On a side note, I’d like to give a major shout out to all the models for adjusting to the weather and some times dangerous places they had to climb. There were no Diva’s on set and this is always a welcomed experience :)

Tickoya: The Grand Master who set the whole ting in motion. She began the leg work, got the wardrobe together and secured my skills and ideas early enough to get me excited and ready in time to create this awesome recreation of fashion over the years.

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Locations

Day One: Fort Charles, Port Royal Dates: 1900 – 1950Conditions: The entire day we were threatened by rainfall but luckily only suffered an erratic drop here and there. Time:  We were out of Port Royal in approx. 4 hrs.

Day Two: Colbeck Castle, St Catherine Dates: 1960-2010Conditions: Sunday night saw nothing but lighting and thunder storms. We went any way on Monday, but the minute we parked it started to rain. We had a plan though so we pretty much continued as if it was dry weather and it all came out as if the rain never existed. Yes, bug spray was required to create this dry weather vibe.

After months of planning and hours of shooting and minor editing, I present, The Gleaner 180 Fashion Flashback Editorial, shot by Gladstone Taylor. Enjoy and don’t be afraid to give me some feedback!

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Author: Taylor

Award winning photojournalist specializing in lifestyle oriented assignments but not limited to that field. My other area of interest is sports and environmental portraiture I've photographed many fashion editorials for the Jamaica Gleaner's Flair Magazine among other photojournalism assignments for the gleaners daily publications ranging from sports, special features, food, lifestyle and Hard News. My inspirations come from photographers such as Joe McNally, Chase Jarvis, David Hobby, Annie Leibovitz, Jerry Ghionis, Joe Buissink among others. The long and short of it all though is I love taking photos and Making things look beautiful..

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