Transatlantic Fashion Week Crossing

Transatlantic Fashion Week Crossing 2018


Hosts Tommy Davidson and Andrea Feczko Join Cunard on Flagship Queen Mary 2 for Annual Transatlantic Fashion Week Crossing

Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 Featured on TV Series Vacation Creation

VALENCIA, Calif., Feb. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- For the second time, Cunard flagship Queen Mary 2 will be featured on Vacation Creation with Tommy Davidson and Andrea Feczko, which airs on Saturday, February 17 on ABC stations in select markets around the country. Tommy Davidson, known for his role in "In Living Color," hosts alongside travel expert and YouTube sensation Andrea Feczko. The season 2 episode highlights Queen Mary 2's annual Transatlantic Fashion Week Crossing, which includes a glamorous array of fashion shows, exhibitions, and lectures.

"We are thrilled to share the inspiring fashion week story on national TV," said Josh Leibowitz, senior vice president, Cunard North America. "This Vacation Creation is perfectly suited for Cunard, and the episode brings to life the experience of a Transatlantic Crossing."

About Vacation Creation with Tommy Davidson and Andrea Feczko
Vacation Creation with Tommy Davidson and Andrea Feczko is one of Carnival Corporation's original TV series. With cruise vacations growing twenty percent faster than land-based vacations and with more people than ever taking cruise vacations year over year, the show's inaugural season's strong ratings are a testament to Americans' interest in cruising. Vacation Creation takes audiences on an inspirational journey as they follow the voyages of families who have been chosen to experience a custom-tailored cruise vacation of a lifetime. Families that are facing hardship, in need of hope, or are seeking much-needed time together are able to travel to incredible destinations and create lasting memories. 

The Episode: "Atlantic Crossing in Style"

The episode, "Atlantic Crossing in Style," follows recent design graduate Helena Bajaj-Larsen and her family on their Transatlantic journey. Born and raised by an Indian painter and a Norwegian linguistics Professor, Bajaj-Larsen's designs are inspired by her heritage and she uses fabrics sourced from Khadi shops around India and are hand-painted using acid and pigment dyes. In celebration of her matriculation from Parsons School of Design, and to thank her parents for their unwavering support, Helena and her family embark on the annual Transatlantic Fashion Week Crossing aboard Queen Mary 2. Onboard, Helena is inspired by the ship's architecture and design and has the opportunity to present her fashion line in a glamorous runway show at sea. Helena receives invaluable career advice from fashion icons such as Joe Zee and Rob Younkers during this celebration of style at sea.

The episode will air February 17, 2018. To find scheduled air times, please check local listings.

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Queen Mary 2
Christened by Her Majesty The Queen in 2004, Cunard's flagship Queen Mary 2 defines luxury travel for the 21st Century and continues a 178-year legacy of transatlantic travel. Queen Mary 2 achieved her 200th transatlantic crossing in July 2013. Iconic luminaries, political figures and celebrities from the Golden Age of Ocean Travel to the present day have sailed with Cunard and aboard Queen Mary 2.

Cunard is the operator of luxury cruise ships Queen Mary 2®, Queen Victoria® and Queen Elizabeth®. Renowned for impeccable White Star Service, gourmet dining and world-class entertainment, all three Queens offer luxury accommodations in Britannia, Britannia Club, Princess Grill Suite and Queens Grill Suite staterooms. Cunard is the only line to offer regularly scheduled Transatlantic service between New York and London, and it continues to celebrate the freedom of travel on exciting World Voyage and Grand Voyage itineraries that visit Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asia and Australia.

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The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography and Film

Is on view at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts from March 11 through July 4, 2016, examines the relationship between art and politics and illustrates how photography, film and poster art were used as powerful propaganda tools in the early years of the Soviet Union. Organized by the Jewish Museum, New YorkThe Power of Pictures will make its second and final U.S. stop in Nashville before traveling to Europe.

In conjunction with the exhibitionthe film series Revolution and Realism will showcase seminal films from the period. This program, representing a collaboration between the Frist Center, International Lens at Vanderbilt, Belcourt Theatre and Light + Sound Machine at Third Man Records, will offer screenings at three different locations.

Bolshevik Revolution

From the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution through the 1930s early modernist artists acted as engines of social change and radical political engagement. Through approximately 150 objects, including photographs, 12 feature-length films, periodicals and cameras, The Power of Pictures documents not only how lens-based art was used to disseminate Communist ideology, but also how the compelling, message-laced work from this period energized and expanded the potential of photography and film.
The Power of Pictures highlights major constructivist photographers Alexander Rodchenko, El Lissitzky, and Boris Ignatovich, whose work was presented in landmark exhibitions of the time. Such photographers influenced a new generation of photojournalists, including Arkady Shaikhet, Max PensonEleazar Langman and Georgy Zelma. The exhibition also includes films by major directors of the era, such as Battleship Potemkin by Sergei Eisenstein and Man with a Movie Camera by Dziga Vertov.
In a country where 70% of the population was illiterate, heavily illustrated periodicals and film were considered more effective tools than the written word for the propaganda needs of the Bolsheviks in the 1920s. Recognizing the power of images, Vladimir Lenin himself declared that the camera, as much as the gun, was an important weapon in class struggle and put the arts at the service of the Revolution.
Although the Communist government initially encouraged the unconventional techniques of the avant-garde, such as dramatic camera angles and darkroom manipulation, the period of innovation was brief. By 1932, as Joseph Stalin consolidated power, independent styles were no longer tolerated. Artistic organizations were dissolved and replaced by state-run unions. Art was subject to strict state control, and required to promote an approved, idealized socialist agenda.
Organized thematically with sections such as "New Perspectives," "Constructing Socialism," and "Staging Happiness," the exhibition demonstrates how alongside avant-garde art, early Soviet photography and film encompassed a much wider range of artistic styles and thematic content than previously recognized. 
In addition, The Power of Pictures will feature a rich array of vintage film posters, magazines and books. Their striking graphic style, extreme color and dynamic geometric designs, combined with an innovative use of collage and photomontage, convey a sensibility that is fresh and appealing nearly a century later. 
The exhibition was organized by Susan Tumarkin Goodman, Senior Curator Emerita, and Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, both at the Jewish Museum, New York.
"In keeping with the First Center's goal of encouraging our audience to view the world in new ways through art, this exhibition may inspire visitors to assess the images that we are constantly inundated by today with a more critical and informed eye," says Frist Center Curator Katie Delmez who is overseeing the Frist Center's presentation. "The interplay of political messaging and art continues in the ever-evolving media outlets of the twenty-first century."
Exhibition Credit This exhibition was organized by the Jewish Museum, New YorkThe Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography and Film is made possible by the Eugene and Emily Grant Family Foundation, The David Berg Foundation, the Andrew and Marina Lewin Foundation, the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, and the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Exhibition Fund.
Sponsor Acknowledgment
The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is supported in part by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Public ProgramsFriday, March 11                                         
Curator's Perspective
"Broken Promises: Soviet Photography in the Age of Stalin" Presented by Susan Tumarkin Goodman, Senior Curator Emerita at the Jewish Museum   
6:30 p.m.Frist Center Auditorium      
First come, first seated                                 
Soviet photographs have played a pivotal role in the history of photography. Covering the period from the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution through the 1930s, this lecture will examine how photography and film were harnessed to disseminate Communist ideology. Goodman will explore how early avant-garde aesthetics influenced a new Soviet style, as well as the innovations of early Soviet lens-based art during a time of profound social transformation. The lecture will include striking images by master photographers and filmmakers used as powerful propaganda tools in the new Soviet Union
About the Frist CenterAccredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit art exhibition center dedicated to presenting and originating high-quality exhibitions with related educational programs and community outreach activities. Located at 919 Broadway in downtown Nashville, Tenn., the Frist Center offers the finest visual art from local, regional, national, and international sources in a program of changing exhibitions that inspire people through art to look at their world in new ways. The Frist Center's Martin ArtQuest Gallery features interactive stations relating to Frist Center exhibitions. Information on accessibility may be found at The galleries, Café, and Gift Shop are open seven days a week: Mondays through Wednesdays, and Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.5:30 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays, 10:00 a.m.9:00 p.m.; and Sundays, 1:005:30 p.m., with the Café opening at noon. Additional information is available by calling 615.244.3340 or by visiting

Kenneth Purdom 

Fashion Passion Photography

How to make Fashion Movements

I recently had the opportunity to travel to the Gulf Coast for a fashion shoot and Beach Volleyball events. One of the goals of this fashion shoot was to create a series of photos that captures movement.

The Gulf Coast is a great place to do this type of fashion shoot project. The wind with morning light mixed with the textures in the background created movement in the photos. Movement in fashion photography is a simple idea. But it can be a difficult thing to get right.
You need movement in the clothing at the right angles to complement the model and designer. The model needs to look composed in a way that draws the viewer into the photograph. A fashion model can not look like a basketball player, making facial expressions that are out of line; with the mood of the fashion photo.
So how do you get the proper amount movement in the fashion photo?
There are a couple of ways to introduce movement to a fashion photo. Use wind is one way. Have the model move or create the appearance of movement by holding the fabric in place just out of frame.

Wind for Fashion Photography

With my fashion photography shoot on the Gulf Coast, I was able to use the wind for most of the shots to create movement in the wardrobe. At the beginning of the photo shoot, the wind was almost too much to even begin the shoot. We were able to work in an area that wind could be blocked by a large mound of seagrass. By working the edges of the seagrass as it approached the water I was able to control the amount of wind by adjusting the model's place. The closer to the water the more wind we got. By moving away from the water and next to the mound of seagrass, the wind would decrease.
Now the next challenge in this type of environmental fashion photography shoot is to control the models posing in a way that it complements the fashion.  If the wind comes totally from the back of the model this will make everything move straight towards the camera.
That type of ankle in a fashion photo is not a photograph that you will need a lot of.  So by turning the model halfway into the wind that allows for the wardrobe to move across the camera frame.

Things to be considered when doing environmental portraits outside.

Angle of the sun - Know how you will be using the sun to complement the fashion.
Do you want to use the use as a backdrop?
Will the sun be used as a rim light on the model's hair?
Will the sun be used as a key light with the model for facing the light?
Direction of the wind - Know how you want the direction of the wind to flow across the camera. Be sure to consider how the wind will have an effect on the hair flowing across the eyes. Sometimes you want hair in the eyes and other times you will want no hair on the face.
Photographers lighting - With environmental portraits you have the photographers lighting and also the natural lighting that is being created by the sun or streetlights. You also have reflected light that is working its way into the photos. All these can be used to your advantage to create a fashion photo.
Background - When doing fashion photography outside a background is not just a simple backdrop like a brick wall. It needs to do several things. A background needs to create a color that complements the wardrobe. The backdrop also needs to help tell a story that plays into the overall the idea for the fashion project.
Edges of the frame - The edges of a fashion photography frame can help draw the viewer's eye towards the main point of the photograph. Dark green seagrass on the edge of the frame creates a natural framing that draws the eye back to fashion. Dark pine trees on both sides of the frame with a brick road running through the middle of the frame and the background with golden sunlight draws your eye back to the middle of the frame.
Movement is key to creating interesting fashion photos. Some ways to make sure you get the movement you need for your fashion photos.
Outline idea -  Before the shoot walk the location so you will have ideas to use with clothing you will be shooting.
Feel the emotion - location and setting, generate a feeling. Gold warm sunlight at the beach is positive. Dark, almost black dirty walls create a mood of sadness and moody feelings.   
Energy - Both photographer and model need to pour energy into the shoot.
Follow - Have the Fashion model follow the photographer's movements.
Dance - Let the model move to the music.
Jump - Do you a series of photos with the fashion model jumping.
Yell - Yelling can create movement and the motion. Flex the arms and hands. Move into the yell.
Walk - Walking is always a good way to create simple movement. A fashion walk will should be over exaggerated in fashion photos to capture the movement the camera.

Ways to create movement at a fashion shoot.

Start - At the beginning of the fashion shoot talk about ideas with the fashion model. Get the model, thinking about the project and how their ideas can contribute to the fashion shoot.

Rest - Be sure to take breaks throughout the photo shoot regroup your ideas and restore the energy.
Tyra Banks 70 wardrobe changes - Change things up throughout the photo shoot. Tyra Banks has been known to do 70 wardrobe changes and hair changes for one photo shoot.
Keep the model best interest in mind - Make sure you are complementing the models and working in their strengths. Find the type of movements and activities that complement their style and body type.
Talk to the model - Be sure to let the model know how they are doing and ask for their ideas. Review the photos with them to help them feel positive about the photo shoot. "Money is not the they are feelings are."
Let the model know the idea for the shoot - If an idea comes up while you are doing a photo shoot share the idea the team and get the fashion model involved in the idea.
The photographer needs to move - While you are shooting as the photographer be willing to move and have the model follow your movements.
Be willing to act out the emotion you are going for - Photographers must be willing to be actors. It is OK to be a bad actor to make a good point to get the shot. To help the model understand the mood you are going for act out the emotions and motions the model needs to be displaying. Be sure to have fun with this.
Reminder - You can not add or fix fiscal emotion in post production in Lightroom and Photoshop.
Have a mirror for the model to act out the emotion - Having a mirror on a fashion photo shoot is a must. You will need a large mirror that can be used when practicing different moves or even better yet, while shooting the model.
Has music to set the tone of the shoot - The music needs to set the tone of the overall mood you are going for.
Fan - Having an electric fan on a fashion photo shoot can be a great way to add movement to the photo. If you are working outside you will need a generator to run power to the fan.
Drag the shutter - Dragging the shutter on your camera is an effect the that can add drama to your photography.
Fog - Using a fog machine on a photo shoot is a simple way to add mood and appearance of movement in the photo.
Kenneth Purdom Photography Columbia, TN
wedding photography, portrait photography, senior photography, fine art  photography, fashion  photography

RAW Artists Nashville Fashion Photography

RAW Artists Nashville Fashion Photography Shoot

I recently had the opportunity attend the June RAW Artist Nashville event. My favorite part of the RAW Artist show is the fashion show. Two fashion designers were featured at the RAW Artist Nashville show.

The drive to RAW Artist Nashville was interesting. The show was in a new venue called the Platform. The Platform is located south of downtown Nashville, Tennessee. But I ended up in Germantown just North of downtown Nashville which, by the way, is becoming a trendy place to be and a cool place for photography. With just a few minutes to spare I made my way over to the Platform venue south of downtown Nashville.

Photography Weather RAW Artist Nashville

Usually when attending a fashion show and providing photography the weather is not a major concern except for getting inside the venue with your photography gear dry and safe.

But this RAW Artist Nashville event was being done at the Platform. The Platform is an open air warehouse distribution center for Nashville Food Trucks. This made for an interesting evening.  The weather was 95° and high humidity with no breeze to cool things down. Needless to say, everyone was hot.

As I approached the venue I started wondering where I should start shooting the fashion models for their pre-show photography portraits that I provide for the models and designers.

One of the fashion photographers informed me that the green room was upstairs and it was the only air-conditioned area in the building. I made my way to the green room area to see if there would be an area large enough to set up a photography studio.

Walking back through the warehouse to the green room area the smell of a food warehouse gave off a wide variety of INTERESTING ODORS.

Thank goodness the green room area was located near my van that had all of my photography gear. So I was able to unload at one of the side exits and take all of my photography gear upstairs to the green
room area.

I introduced myself to the designers and let them know that I would be setting up a studio in the unused open area that was located at the front of the upstairs area of the hallway.

The models and designers were excited about having photos taken in a studio type setting that was air-conditioned. I think everyone knew once we entered the trade show area at the Platform where the fashion show was going to be taking place with no air conditioning, getting a nice portrait fashion shot would be difficult with the heat and humidity.

I made sure that the models and designers knew that I would be providing photography for them so everyone knew to go to to download the photos in a few days.

After I had the studio photography gear set up everyone gathered in the open area to help with the photo shoot.

We had about 30 minutes to get photo shots of 10 models and 2 designers and two group shots with each fashion designer and their models.

So I made a few test shots while the models and designers helped each other with model posing ideas.
After we had the basic idea of what we had to accomplish everyone lined up and we had a mini fashion show photography event.

Photography Flashback
Parts of this reminded me of having your picture taken at school when they would let everyone out of class and go down the hallway and lineup to take your school photo. Kind of like a time of like a photo assembly-line. Having that thought gave me the motivation to make the next few minutes as creative as possible.

In this environment, we had cool talented people displaying their art. So I felt an obligation to create a unique photo that would complement their fashion and art. It was interesting to see the teamwork that came together quickly to make this mini photo fashion shoot a success.

Everyone was encouraging and supportive helping with ideas and suggestions. No one was on a power trip or trying to take too much time in front of the camera. The designers gathered their teams of models and helped with the flow. The models encouraged each other with ideas and suggestions on how to best pose.

Thank you to everyone that helped on RAW Artist Nashville project.

Hope to see you at the next RAW Artist Nashville event.

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Photographer Columbia, TN