This week I get to talk openly about who our judges are for the Face2Face Makeup awards!
A visionary photographer whom embraces unexpected beauty with an extraordinary eye for spotting new talent. A perfect judge for the Beauty Editorial Category.
**all images thanks to Thom Kerr**
Thom is always an amazing voice of reason for me when it comes to artist endeavors and direction... so I was really interested in chatting with Thom about what he is looking for in a winning entry for the Beauty Editorial Category.
BECCA - The brief for this years Beauty Editorial is basically to come up with two outstanding beauty images for alternate covers for a new Australian Beauty magazine... as the Australian Editor of Black Magazine... lets have a hypothetical moment, and pretend this was in fact a brief for Black Magazine... what would you be looking for in the two beauty shots?
THOM - I'm looking for images that are a mixture of originality, beauty and imagination. I want to be able to see a distinct point of view that demonstrates a creative opinion. It can be abstract, crazy, simple, muted, loud, technicolor... there are no limitations. I just want to see a consistency in the process, idea and execution.
What DON'T you want to see?
I know editorials and photography so don't rip something off. I don't want to see a rehash of french vogue from 5 years ago. Reinterpret, evolve, manipulate. Draw inspiration but take it in your own direction. If I see something beautifully executed that is a copy I will disregard it.
What would you consider to be the biggest error a makeup artist can make when doing a beauty shoot?
Thinking too much in the technical and not being present in the moment. Look at your subject, look at the lighting, look at the styling. Is everything working in glorious harmony? Are you present to what you are doing? Don't simply imprint something from your mind without checking the compatibility of the concept with the talent.
You have been really great with me over the years when I have had career or artistic conundrums.. I know you are someone who always helps me see clearly... what general advise do you have for any makeup artist who is working their bum off to grow their career in Australia?
You've got to be proactive and create your own opportunities. Yes, it's important to show that you can adhere to the commercial requirements of the fashion industry in Australia, but it's equally important to demonstrate you have a unique sensibility. What are you about? What do you love? People should look at your book and say, I know who that person is. And you get there by working hard and being innovative. Create your own possibilities!
Thanks Thom... see you this weekend!