Having started work last year for a photographic agency in London I was abruptly thrust into a world of high fashion editorial and photography. It has been a baptism of fire with hundreds of good, bad and ugly images thrust beneath my nose daily. For the first time in my life I have cultivated an emotional response to pictures and I’ve slowly been discovering work that I truly adore.
One female photographer and filmaker whose work I am specifically drawn to is Elaine Constantine, who is known for her colourful and upbeat imagery of British youth culture from the 90’s.
Elaine’s photographs are full of youth, fun, natural and vivacious looking girls. The majority of her young female subjects are makeup free with the exception of a bright pastel eyelid and cheesy, ear to ear grins. Her work I like most was taken in the 90’s and poignantly revives memories of my own 90’s and naughties girlhood.
For me, these photos also depict the beautiful simplicity of friendship, girlhood and youth in a time before the internet infiltrated our lives, when interactions were in realtime and undistracted by technology.
Not too mention there is shit loads of adidas sportswear, crimped hair, dresses over T-shirts and yoyo’s which all featured heavily in my life from 1995-2000. 90’s girls HOLLA AT ME!
All images by Elaine Constantine.
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