At a time where sensual touch and connection is all but forbidden among family and friends, a certain longing and lust for sensory moments has grown stronger than ever before. And born out of such yearnings is a newfound appreciation of gesticulation and the power of expression via our hands and body movements.
For this Man About Town fashion editorial, photographer Yis Kid and stylist Marco Drammis collaborated together with the shared desire of capturing the intricacies of hand movements that convey a message, rather than relying on faces. Kid’s photos accentuate the notion that one person’s flexibility and flow can compliment another’s and are complemented by AW20 full looks from Acne Studios, AMI, Quasimi, MSGM, Bottega Veneta, Jil Sander as well as some standout signature staples, be it Marni knitwear or a Berluti sleeveless turtleneck.
Here, Kid talks about the finding simple inspirations within the limitations we are living through currently, exploring the surreal over reality and drawing nostalgic references from past times to channel a more classic aesthetic for this shoot.
Describe the creative vision behind this shoot.
Within limited freedom, I chose to combine my vision with more classical references from the 1980s and 1990s.
The focal point of the images captured which helped to shine a light on the themes touched upon.
The hands, I was interested in gesturing expressions without using the face.
The power of shooting in black and white rather than colour:
Every day more, I opt for black and white. I don't know, simply because of artistic preferences. I'm more interested in a surreal images than in reality.
A model’s behaviour and attitude are paramount to success.
I'm not looking for anything crazy, mainly that they have a good and chill attitude and they want to work.
The significance of styling to create the right aesthetic.
It's elegant and simple. It works really well with ’80s and ’90s fashion references.