Shooting My Spring Lookbook

Shooting My Spring Lookbook | Atsuna Matsui

Shooting My Spring Lookbook | Atsuna Matsui

Shooting My Spring Lookbook | Atsuna Matsui

Photos by Nathaniel Unger// Instagram @nathaniel_thomas_

Hi guys, today I’ll be having my first fashion blogpost.

Initially, I was rather nervous strutting and modeling in front of the camera. I’ve always been the camera shy type of girl and much preferred being behind the camera. But, it’s time for a change. Change is good when it cease to challenge you to face fear.

A model is the final product that everybody sees and desires, but little appreciation is given to those that work behind-the-scenes for the work of art that’s produced. A model wouldn’t be the model that you so covet without the adornment of make-up, jewelry, and garments all strategically selected by designers. That model you see on those covers of magazines is merely and truly a compilation of all the work of stylists, photographers, and art directors, who came to together in collaboration to mold and brand this model to their liking to create a great painting from a blank canvas.

At times, when I would be contemplating about the fashion photography industry, I couldn’t help but think it was a tad bit controversial. Regardless, I always still loved photography as a form of art and a creative outlet for myself. However, having worked as a photographer, my relationship with my works has always been rather distant in the sense that I photographed life as an observer, as oppose to a participator.

I preferred letting the environment dictate how I wanted to document my subject and although its been a journey for me with photography, I know there’s so much more for me to learn and grow. By shooting my life, not only do I want to create a memoir of my youthful days, but I really would like to show my viewers a more personal side to me. I want to curate a series of videos in which I play a part in interacting with the camera more and actually be a participant in the very art that I dearly love so much. I’ve also been interested in evolving my hobby of photography to videography since I’ve been having a growing appreciation for cinematography, which is basically moving pictures. The movies, The Atonement and 2046 are both great works of film and whenever I come back to rewatch them, I can’t help but drooool over the cinematography.

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