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Sharon Robinson All Rights Reserved

The Scene

Hey everyone!

I know its been forever since I last posted anything but I promise I wont take so long in future. I have been very busy with work and now I am taking some time and art directing also! The fact that I am writing its making it very real, so I wanted to take you on a little journey to one of my shoots that I directed and styled. For me to be inspired to direct, the inspiration comes from deep within, sometimes it answers questions that I have asked for years but most times directing gives me my voice on life and social issues and gives me a chance to express it. Not everyone is going to really understand me .. which is fine… but at the very least I am sure you will like the pictures :)

The Scene comes from looking at the lives of sex workers and actually wondering what their story is, how did they get to be in that position, and if they had a second chance would they do anything differently. The character Lana came to my mind and I obsessed over her for about a month before actually putting my thoughts into action. I literally wanted to draw a comparison to sex workers and city workers as it seems that they have the most regimented routine that I know in a professional field.

Lana’s day consists of getting up and getting ready for the day ahead, forever chasing that pound coin. She then paints on her smile to cover her pain, it’s so cold. She has to go out there and keep people happy, people that she doesn’t know and who don’t love her but she must love them and tell them and pray that she will get her money.

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Here we shot in my house and used natural light. I wanted to show the concept that: ‘What goes on in the dark must come to light eventually.”

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I’ve always wanted to shoot where I live and Lana’s story was inspired by my surroundings. This was shot on my road.. Thanks neighbour x

Lana gets ready for her day, she has her bills to pay and she has to maintain her home, she can’t pull a sicky,  if she doesn’t work, she wont be paid, she is self employed after all.

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This particular shot is when the shoot really started to take place as the story was growing in tune with the the surroundings as we entered Brick Lane. I love the chef in the backgroud…

Balls in mouth subliminal

The balls in the mouth has a few meanings, yes it is balls in the mouth and it’s also a way of showing the amount we human beings have to swallow in today’s society just to get on, I just really wanted it to look sexy!

Her day is well and truly underway, her money is up. Great! ….. Really?

Here ViJay beautifully caught the heart in the back ground and it it could not be more fitting to our story. Even though we scouted the area a week before, we didn't see it ..I love that when that happens

Here Vijay beautifully caught the heart in the back ground and it could not be more fitting to our story.

From the real love she left behind, which is now a distant memory, compartmentalized outside her head but always there. It also shows struggling with her sub-conscious, the real her.

To the love that she is selling her soul for. But who's soul is being destroyed for her material pleasures.

The African Boy was so significant to this story as it leads to a question. If Anna knew what that boy had to endure to stay alive before then would she have still chosen this the lifestyle or her humanity.

To the love that she is selling her soul for. But who’s soul is being destroyed for her material pleasures?

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The history of Brick Lane worked perfectly with our story as the area was notorious for ladies of the night for many years

As another day ends, another night starts and the cycle continues… things may change but people stay the same.

 

Photographer: Vijay Jethwa

Makeup Artist: Sophia Danielle

Model: Evie Howard

Art/Hair Director: Sharon Robinson

 

Peace and Love Always

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Testing Reloaded

Hey guys!! How you doing?? I know its been a while so please excuse me… I have been extremely busy but its all good as I now have loads of content to write about!! I am really excited about this post as I am going a bit retro and going back in time. I won’t be able to show everything in one post so staying true to my tradition, I have created a series called Testing Reloaded part 1.

When creatives in fashion say “I’m doing a test shoot today” or “I’m testing today”, it means that a team is collaborating unpaid to invest in their own personal and professional growth, we have to keep our standards high and our books updated. We have to consistently update our portfolios and with the help of the internet, our work can be seen all over the world and is easily accessible.

For Testing Reloaded, I have compiled some pictures of previous shoots, from the very beginning of me deciding to do my true passion and follow my dream by being a session hairstylist, which is exactly what I wanted to do when I picked up an issue of Vogue and I wanted to do the front cover at the age of 17.

Some of these pictures full stories can be found on my site and published online and on collaborators websites. So in this post I have put links to other sites and my own site for you to see all sides to the story. I have also supplied some links on where you can purchase the tools and the products I have used in some of the looks.

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first shoot to work on my portfolio as a session hairstylist…. these images have never been used

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I’m calling this Vulnerable as these two pics are from the first time myself, Serena Locatelli (makeup artist) and Rhian Cox (photographer) all worked on a collaboration together, the next time we all worked together our work got published in VOGUE.

PORTRAITS OF AN UNTOLD FAIRYTALE

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Photographer: Rhian Cox  http://rhiancox.com/

Makeup Artist: Serena Locatelli https://twitter.com/serenalocatelli

Published: Photo Vogue http://www.vogue.it/en/photovogue/Portfolio/189655fa-7fb3-4f9b-b92a-e03afa266053/Image

We have worked on many projects after this!

THE SCENE

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Behind the scene shot

Behind the scene shoot

The Scene was a shoot that I directed, styled and also did the hair. It wasn’t for any submission to a magazine, it was strictly to update my work for my website and we had a glorious time. As it was middle of the winter and we were shooting outside, it was only right that we had flasks of mulled wine which started us just right and it really set the mood. We started shooting on my road and finished in the trendy area of London… Brick Lane.

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Photographer: Vijay Jethwa http://www.portfolio-studio.com/i/#_main

Makeup Artist: Sophia Danielle http://www.instagram.com/sophsophmua

Full story: http://www.sharon-robinson.co.uk/portfolio/the-scene/

 

SUITS YOU MISS

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This story came by Jeri Ali the model who needed some new work on her portfolio and I approached her to do a test with one of the teams that I have worked with before. We wanted a strong fashion story so I came up with the theme of androgyny as none of us had this sort of work on our books. We got it published in FRUKmagazine.

Model: Jeri Ali https://www.instagram.com/jeriali/

Photographer: Roberto Mccormick http://www.robertomccormick.com

Stylist: Sarah Mulindwa https://www.instagram.com/sarahmstyling/

Makeup Artist: Abbie May http://abbiemay.com

Full Story: http://www.frukmagazine.com/suits-you-miss/

For all of these shoots I used L’oreal Professional products and my tools that I used were BaByliss Pro, Parlux and Denman which  can all be found at the below links

Loreal Techni Art Pli which is a great hair prep!!

Babyliss Pro Crimper which I used for the fist 2 shoots in this post

Parlux hairdryer which is the brand that I have used since the beginning of my career

Denman anti static comb, one of the best combs ever made

 

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did and don’t forget to follow all the links and if you want to purchase any of the tools and the products then just look slightly above and there are some links for you!!!

 

But for now

over and out

Peace and Love Always

Sharon xxx