Beauty Female Photography
London based beauty photographer Iain Crawford’s portfolio is made of beautifully composed images of vibrant colors in movement paired with flawless complexions. He creates high quality art works. Each photograph depicts a single moment in time, when the paint and model collide. When thrown at a model, liquid paint splashes and for a tiny sliver of time, creates sheets of paint that move through the air. These sheets of paint look similar to cloth and appear to clothe the model with color.
Powder paints have an entirely different effect, exploding into the air in a puff of color, and is reminiscent of a fur coat or collar. Viscose paints behave differently to other liquid paints, splashing off the model in a web-like arrangement, surrounding the beautiful girl with a temporary, transitory cage of color.
The liquids and powders that Crawford uses in his images add a tactile nature to the photographs, combining the human body with art products to create an alloy of sensuality and creativity. There is a sense of wildness and excess in each photograph displayed in the lavish way that paint is flung into the scene and photographed. This creative method stands in stark contrast to traditional art, in which paint is applied with deliberation and care onto a canvas. Crawford has removed the canvas and brushes from the artistic process, using fashion models as his canvas and photography as his medium.
“I’m passionate about finding new techniques and processes that allow me to push my photographic boundaries. I’m always trying to find new ways to do things. The process of how a photograph is created is my greatest passion, all that experimentation and planning leading up to the moment the camera clicks is highly controlled, and then as the shoot starts I let go and let the law of chaos take over, catching moments of graphical brilliance in a chance encounter far beyond what a human might try to contrive. But its all a team effort and I owe a huge dept to all the amazingly talented creative geniuses who I am lucky enough to work with, and I thank them”
About – Iain Crawford
Iain grew up in Africa and Malaysia and developed a passion for photography at an early age. On moving to London, he worked as an account handler for Saatchi & Saatchi but left to pursue his photographic career. After spending several years living and working in New York, he is now based back in London but continues to work internationally.
Iain loves to capture images that have a strong graphic and textural quality, often searching out the graphical symmetry in chaos, while still maintaining the personality and emotion of the subject. His career has lead him to shoot campaigns for many of the world’s top brands and receive commissions from a host of top international magazines.
Commenting on the ‘paint’ shoot, Iain says: ”I love the fusion between paint and model. The resulting shapes are as opulent as any piece of bespoke couture. The excitement and anticipation as we waited to see the next piece of unpredictable chaos was electric. There was something magical about how random chance materialised into beautiful images in front of our eyes.”
Name: Beauty Female Photography
Type: PHOTOGRAPHY, Body Art
Views: Beauty Female, high speed fashion photography, Makeup photography
Photographer: Iain Crawford
Text Description: © Courtesy of Iain Crawford, mayhemandmuse
Images: © Iain Crawford