London-based film photographer and visual artist Chloe Sheppard’s typically femme orientated images catch a grainy dreamlike mood. Having shot for the likes of Dazed, Nylon, Adidas and Refinery29 this gal has certainly made her mark on the fashion industry.
Despite having done so well herself, she is not about to leave her fellow females behind. Understanding the difficulty of getting work published when you are just emerging as a photographer or creative, she decided to take it into her own hands.
Generously creating The G Word paper, she started this collaborative project by calling for submissions from photographers and artists who do not have the luxury of a big platform to get their work seen. After over 150 submissions, she managed to create a 48-page paper, with lots of amazing work left over.
The ‘G’ word does not necessarily represent any specific ‘G’ Word, it is just a concept in which the artists can respond to in whatever way that feels right for them. With contributors from New York to China, styles and mediums of work vary.
Romana Wang, focused on the rediscovery of what being a woman means, “It’s about trying to think of an image without stigmas or pressure of the society; allowing ourselves to be as who we are.” She tells BRICKS magazine. “It’s about trying to think of an image without stigmas or pressure of the society; allowing ourselves to be as who we are.”
Artist Liv Thurley from London simply wanted to photograph her friend Grace. She was dressed in a blue velvet two-piece and the image was taken with a Polaroid SX-70 from the seventies. “The blue velvet two-piece is an old vintage piece I picked up from a car boot sale. The lady selling it said she used to wear it down the ‘discos’ back in the day.”
The G Word paper is available for pre-order on Chloe Sheppard’s website. The official release date is the 25th February but copies are selling fast, so get yours quick! Also, keep an eye on @thegwordpaper Instagram for exclusive posts and news for the next set of submissions.