Fashion photography is constantly being reinvented, whilst fashion, itself, is an integral part of culture. The way we present ourselves to the world speaks to wider geopolitical shifts and technological developments. Clothes signal wider connotations well beyond tailoring, trends and alluring colour palettes. Ulaş Kesebir (b. 1980) and Merve Türkan (b. 1985) are based between Istanbul and London, working as a duo to redefine the parameters of fashion imagery. These compositions, which are both visually appealing and curiously jarring, offer unexpected moments of introversion and masquerade, as models sink into their clothing and environments. Pillar box reds stand out against powder blues, whilst alarming yellows contrast aquamarine walls. In these seemingly empty worlds, materials take to the foreground, and we are asked to consider our modes of dress, as well as their personal and collective readings. ulasmerve.co.uk.
All images: Ulas & Merve, Untitled, Izmir/Turkey (2016-2019). Courtesy of the artists.