You know what they say.
Does it seem to you that these days, where one shoots appears to be of greater importance than what one actually shoots? Or what one wears? Am I the only one?
SEEING SOMETHING THAT ISN'T EVEN THERE?
I get it that backdrops can make or break an outfit post. I really do. That they
can do influence the number of likes one garners. And I completely understand how we all want to achieve some semblance of differentiation amidst the tidal wave of bloggers that seems to be doing naught but expand, increase, and grow in size.
I’m all for a cool coloured wall.
My contention is that a kickass backdrop should never be an excuse for us to “take it easy” when it comes to the clothes we’re wearing. Why do I say that? Well, I’ve seen some truly picturesque walls, incredibly arresting in how graphic they are, with their impact so terribly diluted due to quite possibly the most bland, mundane outfits ever. As though the wall was the main attraction, not the blogger. How does that even make sense? Because it doesn’t, my friend.
We keep preaching individuality, and with the current proliferation of bloggers, creating a unique identity is what attracts the crowd, keeps them coming back. And locations play a vital role in this. A good location is important, of course, but strategic use of a good location? Now that’s invaluable.
Particularly if these spots are instantly recognisable. Or if everyone’s using them.
I mean, think of it. A coloured wall is merely that. A wall with colours. As is a wall covered with murals or other illustrations. What you make of it is what counts.
SETS YOU APART
What I’m trying to say is, “Stop blending in with the backdrop“.
Use it to your advantage.
Pick out a specific motif. Play it up. Don’t instantly gravitate towards the solids. Consider non solids, consider textures. Treat your location as another piece in your pattern puzzle. Fear not the print. Wait, did I just say that? And for those who aren’t quite into playing with prints (yet) (trust me, I know, I’ve been there), choose a colour in stark contrast with your backdrop. Stand out.
Don’t blend in. Seriously.
Which begs my next question – do you think locations matter?
p/s photos by Sofia Touassa
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