WHO’S MY MIRROR

Stephen Jones_00011/You were a model before becoming a photographer do you think that the energy of a model can impact and influence a photographer?

Making pictures with people involves a certain projection of oneself. I try to recognise something of myself in someone I photograph. I also need to understand the energy, but by that I don’t mean their forcefulness or vitality, it’s rather ‘what makes them tick?’ because models come in all configurations. If the sitter isn’t compliant, I try to tweak them to a place where we are both in agreement.

2/Is it the photographer who influences the picture more than the model. Who leaves the most feeling or is it a fine balance?

The idea is that many decisions have been made before the person sits in front of the camera, there is some kind of (physical) situation or decor there for the sitter to interpret. I need to be receptive to their interpretation, but I want to guide the sitter so that they look right. I’m looking for an unknown area, ideally to try to transcend the images that we might have already seen of that person.

3/Did you consequently feel like an object of art while being

photographed or as a photographer do you find that you are the

influence?

No. I influence in that I have an idea that I’m trying to share. It’s not terribly complicated, you just have to find a space where the sitter relates to the proposed situation, that’s the idea.

4/Is a models personality relevant in an image or it is the

photographer’s personality that creates the image…

See 2) above. I really don’t care for the ‘Who’s who’ part of picture making. If I did, it would mean I wasn’t thinking for myself.
Models really are put in uncomfortable situations, and many don’t complain at all! I’m too conscious of that, and I think that when we are absolutely set on reproducing a theoretical idea, we tend to forget that to be human is also to be spontaneous, and to see what happens when…

5/Do you think that working with different artists as a model and having to adapt to their strong perception is a danger for ones perception of ones self?

When people know you’re a model by profession, and have a physique that can be used to conjure up ideas and sell things, they feel at liberty to comment on it. Let’s remember that standing in front of a camera/being on a catwalk is one small part of life though! I don’t remember being affected by the experience, but I remember at the time constantly thinking “what would my life be after this?” I knew it wouldn’t last long, although it turned out to last I lot longer than I imagined, when in more recent times I was rather flattered when Martin Margiela asked me out of the blue to model for him, so in that respect it was a positive thing. What is more problematic is the kind of images young people are looking at, we need to be really watchful of imposed ideals.

6/Would you call a photographer a different mirror each time, or is

the job of a model to be so strong that she is the drive of the

photo session?

More than a mirror really. The dictates of the fashion industry pay a large part in the final result. The model may have been selected because she corresponds to a certain look. But that may be very exciting, too, it may give her/him great confidence to know that they are desired and chosen, because it is hard work to photograph somebody who doesn’t want to be there or has very different ambitions.

7/Would you say that this is what defines a good model as opposed

to one that melts into the decor and world of the artist photographer

or even painter?

Are we talking about celebrity models? I think it’s a different kind of photography. With photographs of celebrities I’ve always been amused by totally unexpected roles, When I assisted Michael Roberts, he took some brilliant pictures of Kylie Minogue who was a soap star at the time and put her in a sort of very elegant Hoyningen Huene situation, which we had never seen before; and the picture of Vivienne Westwood as Margaret Thatcher is legendary.
In order to understand the picture, we need to know who the personality is. Models are known for their capacity to adapt, so the effect is less surprising. Personally I find it interesting working with the same person a lot, so we start to get the point of each other.

8/Does the interpretation and reflection of your physique affect who

you truly are?

It’s part of it, like any work you do, if you analyse and debrief after you’ve done it, it gives you a better understanding of what you’re doing. As a photograph or video is a visual trace, it perhaps more immediate. But frankly, even at my grand old age, I still don’t really know what I project, and I’m often shocked by other people’s interpretations.

9/Would you be a different person if you had never questioned your physique?
– Yes, ever so slightly.

10/Do you consequently wonder what people see when you walk

into a room?

Well, when I get ready to go out, I would like people to think ‘Ooh she cuts a fine figure!’ However when I am in teaching or photography mode, there’s not much that is further from my thoughts. In that role I have to be completely receptive to others..
I’ll just say that going grey is incredibly empowering! I’m afraid to say if looks were the only concern, perhaps it means there’s not too much else going on, and I suppose it would be a recipe for anxiety.

11/You come across as quite shy, so do you think that you would be different had you not been a model since being aware of the way

you look would possibly make you question your reflection into others…ie different people different mirrors?

Interesting question.. I suppose I am quite discrete. Maybe that’s more noticeable because I’m quite tall, or maybe because I’m intense and don’t wish to come on strong, I’ve spent a lot of time doing sport, particularly competitive swimming which changes your body a lot, so I think it’s more complex than that.. but I don’t think that being a model changed any of that, the time spent on a shoot is too short to make too much impact. I should mention that much of the time I was doing something else, I was at college or working by helping to produce photos when I was asked to model, and so often working with people who I knew very well.

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EMILY MARANT HARPERS BAZARDS MAKE UP AND HAIR BY ME

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Emily’s Make-up

Cream a la Rose docteur Haushcka lushesly hydrates skin,

Concealer Yves saint Laurent Touche éclat

Base: Fluide nude Dior

Blush Terracota Guerlain,

Eye shadow nude

Mascara: dark dried brown

Blush: pinched cheeks

Lips, naturel with a lip baume and a fresh colour

 

Hair,

Dried spray

 

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Spirulina power food

Is-Chlorella-a-SuperfoodHaving two vegetarian children I have been looking for the perfect foods to compensate meat, lack of protein and Iron. In my research I found Spirulina.

Spirulina is a source:

Protein: It is considered a complete source of high-quality protein
Vitamin B1:  This vitamin is necessary for the digestion of fats and proteins. It is often taken for increased energy, eye health, brain function and for improving nerve functioning.
Iron: Spirulina is a favorite food for vegetarians and vegans because it is one of the best plant sources of iron.
Calcium: Spirulina is also incredibly high in calcium

“It contains vitamins B-1(thiamine), B-2 (riboflavin), B-3(nicotinamide), B-6 (pyridoxine), B-9 (folic acid), vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin A and vitamin E. It is also a source of potassium, calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, sodium and zinc.

Contains Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) & Omega-3s

Spirulina contains Gamma Linolenic Acid andOmega-3sSpirulina is 65% protein and amino acids including the essential fatty acid gamma linolenic acid (GLA) which has gotten a lot of attention for its anti-inflammatory properties, especially when taken with other quality Omega-3 supplements.Besides GLA, Spirulina also contains Omega 3-,6 and 9s and is especially high in Omega-3s.

3. Balances Blood Sugar

spirulina may be especially helpful in balancing blood sugar,

4. Powerful Antioxidants

Antioxidants are powerful substances that protect our cells from damage. Thanks to decades of research, many of us understand the importance of consuming enough antioxidants from natural sources, and spirulina is a great choice.

The antioxidant that makes spirulina unique is called phycocyanin, which is a potent anti-inflammatory.

5. May Help Those with Allergies

6. Helps Remove Heavy Metals

Spirulina can bind with heavy metals in the body and help remove them.

7. Muscle and Endurance Benefits

Spirulina is known to increase fat burning during exercise Increases endurance
Decreased muscle damage from exercise

SPIRULINA ALGAZUR

Spirulina represents a biomass of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) it was first found in Mexico and India . the Aztecs harvested the algae from Lake Texcoco in Mexico. The native people in Chad, Africa have also used the algae as a primary staple in their daily diet, as spirulina grows naturally and profusely in the pure salt water lakes of the region.

Now it is farmed and more and more so since it is beleived to be the super food of the future. Farmer recreate the original enviroment in which it naturally grows but making pool with the right water temperature, the same amoount of salt and potassium, so I found a farmer near Toulon in the south of France. I needed to be sure that my product was good not over heated to dry since this kills of the benefits. Healthy spirulina  has to be a dark green color .

SPIRULINA BATH

Here is Algazur http://www.algazur.fr

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I met her on the market of Saint Cyr sur Mer and she invited me to see her farm. I could tell that she was passionate about her work . When I got to the farm I saw that it was spotless and I could see that she was dedicated to Spirulina, she  wanted to share all her knowledge and gave me so much info … She produces small quantities and discovered spirulina being a vegetarian herself anf lacking protein and iron , she then left her full time job to start her farm.

The process is to let this biomass enlarge naturally in its enviroment and since it is a micro food to then filter it through the finest net so to leave out everything from small larva to dirt so it is completelly organic no artificial product. It is made into a pate a bit like play do and put through a fine spagetthi press and finally dried slowly never over 60 degrees since this would kill the benefits

INSTANT WINTER TAN

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As we go deeper and deeper into the winter, we lose our lovely summer colouring, our tan and  summer glow wears out . This is when a little something can change a lot. I always notice the inside transformation of a person while I do her make up as she is looking at herself in the mirror. The person may start a little reserved and discouraged with negative her body language. As she sees the progress of  make upbeing done and she looks better and better, the  improvement brings her back to a moment when she felt positive and happy. The reflexion of happiness is sent back from the mirror and brings her back to that moment and from there, little by little she start to sit up straight, to gain confidence, to speak up and sheers to that self that she seemed to have forgotten… That person that she knows so well, the happy her she can at last reconnect with. A little something can go far, this is why I chose to use these few products, the tint lotion from Dr Haushcka which is so easy to use for an optimum result, it just tints the skin as if it has just been in the sun for a little tan, then on top of this I use a bronzing powder with a big brush I gently stroke the angles where the sun would hit naturally when one walks about, I gently brush on the top of the fore head, the cheek bones a little touch on the noze. The eye lid can have a little shimmer and the lips even though moisturised stay lusciously mat… here after a touch of mascara in the conner of the eye, no one would ever know, the secret  mission these few products have achieved leaving no evidence, only the trace of  a glowing event which would have flushed our skin to glow naturally.

NIGARI

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If you want to feel on top of the world then here is your solution.

Nigari is a mineral supplement, particularly rich in macro and trace minerals needed for optimum health and nutrition. It contains magnesium (anti-stress), sulfates, chlorides, and potassium. It is known that Nigari contains more than 40 trace elements like selenium (anti-cancer), boron, manganese, chromium and zinc.

This is what a teaspoon a day in a little water swallowed in one gulp can do for you after 3 weeks, try mixing it with a little lemon the taste is really strong.

INCREASES ENERGY BY GREATER PRODUCTION OF ATP (ADENOSINE TRIPHOSPHATE) IN CELLS
RELAXES MUSCLES / REDUCES MUSCLE TENSION BOOSTS VITALITY, ENDURANCE, AND STRENGTH
IMPROVES CARDIOVASCULAR / HEART HEALTH (RELAXES CARDIAC MUSCLE)
RELIEVES PAIN, INCLUDING CHRONIC PAIN IDEAL FOR ARTHRITIS / FIBROMYALGIA / JOINT PAIN<
IMPROVES HEALTH OF SKIN AND MUCOUS MEMBRANES
USE ORALLY FOR STRONG TEETH AND HEALTHY GUMS
EASES HEADACHES AND MIGRAINE HEADACHES
IN SPORTS MEDICINE — REPLENISHES MG LEVELS FOR ENERGY (COMBATS FATIGUE, AND SOOTHES PAIN AND SORE MUSCLES) TOTAL BODY TONIC — REVITALIZES AND REJUVENATES BODY (PROVIDES RAPIDLY ABSORBED MG TO RESTORE LEVELS NEEDED FOR OPTIMAL CELL PHYSIOLOGY AND FUNCTION)
IMPROVES MOOD AND REDUCES STRESS
INCREASES MEMORY AND COGNITIVE FUNCTIONS
BOOSTS IMMUNE SYSTEM
IMPROVES ASSIMILATION OF CALCIUM / BUILDS STRONGER BONES
BALANCES CALCIUM AND MAGNESIUM LEVELS IN CELLS
PROVEN ANTIMICROBIAL AND ANTISEPTIC
RAISES DHEA LEVELS NATURALLY
EASES MENOPAUSE AND PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME (PMS)
SUPPORTS HEALTHY LIBIDO (AND ENDOCRINE SYSTEM)
ANTI-AGING, REJUVENATING, REVITALIZING
KEEPS CELL MEMBRANES FLEXIBLE
REGULATES CHOLESTEROL PRODUCTION AND PREVENTS OVERPRODUCTION OF CHOLESTEROL IN THE BODY
SUPPORTS ANTIOXIDANT SYSTEMS
AND MAGNESIUM DOES A LOT MORE FOR HEALTH!

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COMPLEXION

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Is it the moist in the air that favours the naturally dewy complexion.

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Over the years the colour of skin and fashion have changed. Before the industrial revolution and payed holiday leave, being tanned was for the  lower class,  the workers who were outside or in the fields. Being pale was considered a sign of high society status.

e443767e3177d833e04a0ef8456365e63ee6bfcbThis is still the case in Asia.

Now being tanned is a way of showing off that we can afford a holiday in the sun.

59839926_08f6e932ba_zComplexion in countries , where the constant cool moist in the air enables the skin to breathe  to constantly be revived and never to dry remaining flawless . Skin color is due to melanin, a pigment produced in the epidermis to protect us from the sun’s potentially cancer-causing ultraviolet (UV) rays. Dark-skinned people produce more numerous and deeper-colored melanin particles. However we can really see the positive effect of moist in Northen countries where skin is not so  exposed to the sun, we  learn that those thin and microscopic bubbles of water are what it takes to keep our skin from drying up. I always look for water in my creams since the oil trappes the water which is then released on our skin.

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Skin is the biggest organ in our body, it weighs around 4 kg and measures around 2 square meter for an adult. It is 8 times thicker under our foot than it is around our eyes.

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720x380xw-o_o-w.jpg,q93afc3.pagespeed.ic.eoXUthG6jmThere are two basic types of emulsions: oil-in-water (O/W) and water-in-oil (W/O). These emulsions are exactly what they sound like, as pictured above.

W/O Emulsion and O/W Emulsion

In every emulsion there is a continuous phase that suspends the droplets of the other element which is called the dispersed phase. In an oil-in-water emulsion, the continuous phase is the water and the dispersed phase is the oil while in a water-in-oil emulsion the oil is the continuous phase.

 

SWIMMING IN FREEZING COLD WATER

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I have been swimming in cold sea water from 18 degrees to 15 now every other day for the past month. The results are spectacular, whether for the morale, the energy level, toning, accelarating the metabolism, results are amazing.
Cold water stimulates your parasympathetic system, it triggers the release of dopamine and serotonin. Along with the effect of endorphins and adrenaline from the plunge, ice swimming is packed full of neurotransmitters that are vital to keeping us happy. This is a natural substitute to anti-depression medications so if you are near the sea, or a lake jump in or if not, try standing in a cold shower a few minutes a day.

Natural benefits and advantages of ice swimming:
More vitality
Improve memory performance
Reduces pain associated with fibromyalgia, rheumatism, or asthma
Increases your defense system
Gets your blood pumping
Enhances your sex life
Burns calories.

Is an all-natural high

Winter swimmers talk a lot about the ‘HIGHS’ they get from cold water – a feeling of wellbeing that’s so encompassing that it becomes quite addictive

The cause? Endorphins.

GET YOUR BLOOD PUMPING

Being cold sends blood it to your organs and make you feel ALIVE……

ALSO: Economical, ecological, free ant-depressant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIQUID GOLD

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LIQUID GOLD. OLIVES

Hidden virtues

Olive tree branches a symbol of peace, where the expression “extending an olive branch” as a desire for peace

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It is considered a symbol of beauty, strength, prosperity

Olive trees live for hundreds of years and contributes to our longevity

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Its virtues can be used externally and externally, it’s soothing and protective qualities are a valuable remedies. Olive oil and leafs (either crushed or in a tea) are known for reenforcing the immune system and being a natural antiviral, antibacterial substance it is also used for different types of medical conditions, it helps prevent heart disease, cholesterol, cancer, osteoporoses. It is also rich in minerals: calcium, copper, iron, manganese, zinc.
Olive pulp consumption increases glutathione level and improves antioxidant capacity.
In homeopathy (oleo europa) used against hypertension
Bach flowers: energy
Olive oil part of the mediterranean diet which is know for giving long and healthy lives: It consist in eating primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, no fats exept for olive oil.5104658818_e791f28304_z

 

Its hard wood is used to make many objects such as bols, tables, stools, spoons.

SKIN:

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Oil can be used as an oil to moisturise skin after a shower, in the hair to strengthen and soften, around the nails. As a body and face scrub, mixed with coffee grounds. Olive oil penetrates deeply into the skin while providing a cleansing effect. Try using organic olive oil as a substitute to regular moisturiser. Apply on your face and neck and wipe of the excess oil with a paper towel.
EXFOLIANT:

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Mix 2 table spoons of coffee grounds to one of olive oil. spread onto face and body and scrub. Remove under the shower. The coffee will stimulate the skin and the oil with penetrate as the skin cells. The mild abrasive qualities of the coffee grinds, combined with the deep, penetrating action of the oil, will remove dead skin cells and leave the epidermis looking renewed and glowing.
Manicure: Olive oil is also used for nail and cuticle care.
Make up remover: Many women use it as an eye make-up remover.
Home made facial masks: Is an ingredient in a homemade facial masks.
Shaving: use olive oil as a substitute to shaving cream.
Soap: Savon de Marseille, the purest and healthiest soap.

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OPENING PARTY AT THE MAMO IN MARSEILLE

 

 

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Meet Dan Graham and his interactive art. Art that connects and bounces of its environment and changes with the colour of the sky, the reflection of light and modifies our vision by exposing more and more layer of infinite possibilities, shapes and light move with the sky and people walking past, with colours blending into different shapes while other colors bounce off one reflection to the other, infinitely moving . Here is Dan Graham giving a speech at the opening party of the Mamo museum in Marseille on the roof of the cite Radieuse the famous building designed by the architect Le Corbusier, at his side, Emily Marant , Ora Ito and the CEO of Parley for the ocean who gave a talk on our over consumerism of fish and of plastic waste that are poluting and suffocating the oceans. We will have to drastically modify our consumption of fish and plastic within the next years if we want to save the biodiversity of our oceans. Already, some  people through awareness and knowledge  are choosing to significantly reduce their consumption of fish . We all have the power to chose to consume or not, we all have a voice through the choices we make every day.

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