Sometimes in college, there is a lot of work and you forget to do basic tasks like; your washing, or, oh I don't know, keeping up with a blog. Let me be perfectly honest with you first though, that stuff that keeps you busy in college, you don't enjoy it, it stinks. Other times you get to do incredible things like take part in an amazing exhibition and get your name on the wall, more than once! (I'm yelling!)
Schema was a massive project born from a collaboration with a fashion photographer Mariam Gomez, Bridge Models UK, and the Be Real Project. It was a showcase of curve models in editorial images, that pushed the boundaries of traditional curve oriented shoots. The concept was to create beautiful images featuring beautiful women in traditional fashion editorial settings. Through this project I had the chance to work with anything and everything from body paint to horses, to ketchup. There may or may not be an image somewhere of me cradling a horse's neck, and that may or may not have been my favourite shoot.
The images, 82 out of what I can imagine was thousands, were displayed in a gallery called Different gallery in Fitzrovia, somewhere near Oxford Circus. Super stylish fashion people showed up, the representative from Bridge told me that she loved my coat, and they even filmed a bit for something on YouTube. While I probably should have been more present in the conversation, I spent more time staring at the images than at other people. Because that was my work on the wall too, and I'm super proud of it too.
You learn about the industry in many ways very quickly. Always be present and make yourself available, don't let yourself get pushed around, and make sure you are credited for the work you do if it is paid or unpaid, it is so important. But most of all love what you do, because it makes two hour train journeys, and early starts worth it, and the hard work no longer seems all that hard.
It is more than worth mentioning that through this project I have been so lucky to work with people like Mariam, amazing stylists, other makeup artists and some of the kindest most down to earth models yet. When you are doing a project that embraces positivity and forward thinking it is important that the people you work with on it have the same outlook. I cannot thank Mariam, or Bridge enough for the opportunity, and the amazing images to add to my work.
And finally, I remind myself that moving to another country was crazy but without it I would not get to do the things that I have done, including being a part of Schema. If there is anything you should gain from this, is that fear of the unknown is the most terrifying concept in the world, but saying yes to things and being brave is equally as terrifying but all the more rewarding. If you want it, and you are in a position to get it, do it because you will not regret it.