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Exclusive: Here She Comes Again by Jay Aparecida Rodriguez

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One of our favorite contributing photographers from France, Jay has sent a personal series especially for the site.  Here are a few words from him on his photography process and his desire to shoot in film these days.

“I met Seoyoon randomly 5 years ago in Paris, then she went back to her hometown Seoul (Korea)  to become a professional model. In January 2015,  it was the first time she came back to Paris so we decided to do a photoshoot. To be honest sometimes my home is my studio. So we did the photoshoot there. Stylists are always looking for studios but it’s harder for me to be inspired there. I prefer this kind of intimacy that you can create with all the stuff in your place. Then it’s all about angles & crops.

Many young photographers are always desperate to make everything look very neat to prove they can do very polished work and be commercially viable. I really don’t care about that.
I’m 25 and I’m always shooting with a lot of darkness & a bit of light. In this case, only one small window! The challenge was there. It’s always a tough one because there’s a lot of pressure for stylists & make up artists because I’m also only using film (medium format), so they can’t see the results immediately. However, it’s an aesthetic that I choose. I know everything changed in the industry of course. I would still like to stay a film photographer because it changes the way you shoot and compose a picture.
I’d say one  thing : for me film photography is a very old fashioned process, like painting, being romantic about things ….I have an old fashioned view of art, but I’m looking for beauty & sublime. I tried to make Seoyoon look gorgeous & beautiful as simple as she is, because the simple & natural interpretation of someone or something can be the most beautiful thing in the world.”

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Stylist & Make-up: Paula Da silva

Model: Seoyoon @ W Model Agency

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Muse Study : Wyatt & Fletcher Shears

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The concept of a ‘muse’ I’ve always found to be so intriguing. Last year Hedi Slimane of Saint Laurent stumbled upon androgynous twins, Wyatt and Fletcher Shears of the lo-fi, noise rock band, The Garden.

The guys were discovered by a scout while playing a gig in L.A. and the rest is history as they say. Slimane flew them to Paris to open and close the Fall 14 menswear show and to star in the music series of the Saint Laurent campaign. In an interview on Vice, they said they weren’t even sure that it was really the famous French fashion house at all and weren’t going to call them back. When they found it was the real deal they became muses to one of my inspirations both in fashion and in photography.

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“What’s Your Name Again?” by Jay Aparecida Rodriguez for fashiongrunge.com

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This is the second editorial submission from Paris based photographer, Jay Aparecida Rodriguez. Staying true to the raw nature of the grunge styles that we celebrate here on the site, this makes me want to immediately want to dig up my perfectly worn pieces for another spin in the fashion cycle.

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Photography: Jay Aparecida Rodriguez

Model: Juliette Lamet

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“My Little Dreamer” by Jay Aparecida Rodriguez for fashiongrunge.com

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Paris, the city of love and lights is the backdrop for our latest editorial shot for the site by Jay Aparecida Rodriguez. With the warm soft focus of medium format film and polaroids, Jay creates a cozy bedroom atmosphere. Perfect for those of us who just want to hibernate a little bit more.

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Tamara Akcay x fashiongrunge

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Just last month we collaborated on a shoot with Parisian based jewelry designer Tamara Akcay. We couldn’t wait to blend our two worlds together. Her structured and raw designs really lent itself to a dark grunge inspired edge that we put into our shoots. We chose a beach up the coast in Malibu just after dawn. Paired with the the raw beauty of nature and these precious metal pieces, we took our vision to whole new level both in film and print.

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All jewelry & leather pieces by Tamara Akcay

Photography | Lauren Melanie Brown

Styling | Cody McCook

Model | Monique Blanchard @ Q Models

Hair & Makeup | Gabriella Moreno

Production | Jacob Valentin

Photo Assistant | Daria Kobayashi-Ritch

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Menswear Monday: Fashion Week Spring 2014

Simply put I love looking at menswear. Especially when it’s on the runway. For this recap on some of the best shows, I have only decided to include three of them. I’ll probably make a cool pinterest board with all the looks I love. There are quite simply too many. This was one of my favorite fashion week seasons for the boys by far.

Ann Demeulemeester SS 2014 Mens

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From all the stripes, tailored waistcoats, and messy styling I’m fully down with this collection. The baroque style of the jackets with a satin flair still manages to have Demeulemeester’s gothic spirit. There need to be more men walking around on the street like this. Immediately.

Rick Owens SS 14 Mens

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Only Rick Owens could stage a fashion show in the midst of a mosh pit. His show titled “Vicious” was a nod to his youth in LA but more importantly a fun version of something so raw and primal. It’s great to see Rick’s collections each season because they are just so on point. This collection just gives us a little more breathing room and the freedom to mosh, just like our youth.

Paul Smith SS 14 Mens

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What would a spring season be without a little mod cheekiness from Paul Smith. Over the past few weeks I’ve been all into the mod pop culture. Especially the fashion. From the 70s colors to the straight boxy silhouettes, these have just a bit of edge to them.

images via style.com  

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Inspiration: Speak in Code

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I’ve always loved the word ‘decipher’. It sounds like you’re trying to break some type of code with just one word. There is something about the sound  of the word that excites me. Yes, I know it’s weird but I do have favorite words.

Here some inspiration that has me thinking, is there something else they are trying to say? Take a deeper look into second meanings today.

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