Super. Girl.

Super Girl

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When I was young there was a spell where I refused to remove my cape for approximately 3 weeks. Only when I was sleeping was it secretly removed and washed.


A Trip to New York Comic Con

The trip to New York coincided with Comic Con and it would have been rude not to go, a once in a lifetime chance for me to see the first episode of the upcoming X-Files reboot. In between the excitement I picked up a number of souvenirs, namely the poster and comic books pictured below, but one of the things that struck me was people dressing up in Cosplay to attend – I guess they have also not lost sight of their inner child, wanting to remain in the world of fantasy and make believe.

Super Girl seems to be following in the footsteps of a number of comic book hero’s of late and making a come back with a new television series produced by DC comics.



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Photograph by Emily Morris-Ashton  BA, Edinburgh College. I enjoy the idea of taking a character and putting them in an unlikely situation to create juxtaposition. The facial expression, action and body language we can see here in this character is comical and dramatic – telling us the story of super-hero giving up. The darker and desaturated natural colours of the British beach work well allowing the colourful character to be the focal point of the image.

Ian Pool

The small details are one of the reasons that this image works. The small part of the Bat-mobile hidden in the corner, the desaturated colours, and mediocre surroundings – the super hero’s costume looks realistic and genuine as the shot is taken from afar. It is framed almost as a ‘frontality’ idea but lines are slightly skewed at the top of the frame, suggesting that there is something bit ‘wrong’ or different about the situation.


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Ian Pool Interview

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ is one of my favourite films. There is a scene where the main character, Joel, is remembering himself as a child wearing a cape and being bullied by other children. As a creative effect, the director chose to intertwine shots of Joel as an adult actor and a child actor in the scene, referencing the inner child that is within all of us.

Family Portraits by Sacha Goldberger

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What if Superman was born in the sixteenth century?
And what if the Hulk was a Duke?
How might Van Eyck have portrayed Snow White?

Sacha’s discovery of these characters, which goes back to childhood, gave birth to a desire to re-appropriate them, to take them back to a time forming the cornerstone of modern western art. Sacha wants to confront these icons of American culture with contemporary painters of the Flemish school. The collection demonstrates the use of 17 century techniques counterpointing light and shadow to illustrate nobility and fragility of the super powerful of all times. It also invites you to celebrate the heroes of your childhood. These characters have become icons to reveal their humanity: tired of having to save the world without respite, promised to a destiny of endless immortality, forever trapped in their character.
The superheroes often live their lives cloaked in anonymity. These portraits give them a chance to « fix » their narcissism denied. By the temporal disturbance they produce, these images allow us to discover, under the patina of time, an unexpected melancholy of those who are to be invincible.

As science fiction meets history of art, time meets an inexhaustible desire for mythology which is within each of us.

Portobello Pier

This is a good example of a test shot for the location shoot. (shot by Solen Colette for Solen Wedding Photography). The long forgotten ‘Fun Park’ could add a feeling of nostalgia to the shoot.


Portobello is a coastal suburb of Edinburgh once famed as a beach resort located to the east of the city centre. Although historically it was a town in its own right, and is often seen as such by its inhabitants, it is now a residential suburb of Edinburgh, with a promenade fronting on to the wide sand beach.

Prior to its current revival, its heyday as a resort was almost certainly in the late 19th century, and it was in slow decline throughout the 20th century. By the 1960s it had evolved into an area of amusement arcades and some permanent funfair attractions. From the 1980s onwards these also gradually disappeared and by the end of the 20th century the Promenade had almost no attractions specific to its seaside location, although the Tower Amusements and Fun City amusement arcades remain as the only ‘seaside attractions’ to this day.

Stephen Shore for Urban Outfitters

Shore is largely responsible for the  proliferation of color use in photography, and mostly known for his saturated images of mundane scenes and daily-life objects in the United States. In fact when I think early American color street photography, I immediately think of Shore.  It’s good to see that for the Fall Urban Outfitters lookbook he has stayed true to his straight-on deadpan style, making the images look iconic.

Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia 2005

Photograph by Steven Meisel. The job concept here looks rather similar to mine, however this is for a series called ‘Neverland’ which was published in Vogue Italia in 2005. This image s the closest to the series that I have in mind for my shoot but Meisel focuses on a circus and/or gypsy theme as with the images below. The colour palette,edgy fashion and photographic style is a good example of what I would like to try with this series.

Photograph by Trisha Ward. The old time British diner could work well for this series. The facial expression and pose is comical and gritty. Chippy food reminds me of being close to the seaside, Portobello Promenade should provide numbers places to stop and grab some grub.

In Bloom from theromanticss on Vimeo.

In Bloom magazine based in Glasgow is a good example of the type of publication which could potentially publish an editorial such as this one. The desaturated colours and soft lighting style we see in this magazine is a look that I would like to achieve in these shots.

Pinterest Mood Board

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Job Concept:

The idea for this shoot came about from memories of days as a young girl who would watch and read movies and comics about super hero’s endlessly. For days I refused to take my cape off.

The images should invoke the memory of being a child wanting to wear a costume day in and day out playing make believe- using an adult model will juxtapose what we would normally expect from these scenes; rather than using a cute young child we will have an adult model with an alternative and distinctive look. This aesthetic will appeal to young adults, 20 somethings and 30 somethings as it creates a relationship between the viewer and the model using the idea of of the every-man (or every child) within us, making the concept accessible and relatable.

Job Solutions:

Shoot: An editorial of location portraits inspired by the character of Super Girl. The aesthetic for these images will be minimalistic and unposed. ‘Super Girl’ will be doing ordinary things on the pier, strolling, waiting, eating, walking her dog. The surroundings, costume and model are all styled to juxtapose the idea of the comic book hero.

Location: These portraits will be shot on location at Portobello Pier referencing a childhood past and placing the subject in a juxtaposing space to that where we would typically find our ‘hero’.

Casting & character details: I see the character as being Super Girl meets Cat Power meets Lily Cole. The model chosen will have a natural and alternative look to that of the typically cast Super Girl. The facial expressions in the images should be minimalistic and nonchalant.

Styling:  The styling and model will be an almost ‘anti-Super Girl’ wearing a muted and home-made looking version of a super hero costume – the styling will be influenced by looks which are seen in shops such as Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie and other ‘hipster’ fashion stores alike. Although her ‘costume’ will be homemade – it will be edgy, creative, kooky and on trend.

Post: The images will be soft and minimalist with a nostalgic colour palette.

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Apparently the weather is changeable in Edinburgh….

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Possible Back up Plans…..

I have been trying to get this shoot completed for over 3 weeks – I have had everything in place and organised and had x 3 models cancel on me due to the horrendous weather!… So before I keep trying to organise the same things again I think it’s time to consider an alternative solution and potentially shoot in the studio…. But how can I make this effective?

‘So it Goes’ Magazine arrived in the post today and on page 4 I came across an idea… Whilst this particular image doesn’t float my boat enormously it provides a creative idea and/or decision which could potentially be rather effective for this brief that I have written.

Discussing these idea’s with others, the idea of ‘paper dolls’ or ‘cut out’s’ came to mind… and so perhaps this is a way to solve the issue of bad weather?

Page 4 So it Goes Magazine for Stella McCartney


‘Cut Out’ Photographed by Walter Maurice

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