I really enjoyed talking fashion with fellow Parallel London ambassador Mik Scarlet. We share thoughts on the best clothes for wheelchair users and Mik talks in a very honest and humorous way about his views on the fashion industry. He gives an insight into his choice of clothes and you may be surprised. Take a look at the video. Thank you to Parallel London for the use of your meeting room for this interview.
In recent years, many photographers have emerged with an interest in disabled models. Disabled people are working in different fields of the fashion industry including modeling. Models in a wheelchair, while not very different from non-disabled people, possibly have more limited choices of poses with their wheelchairs only allowing adjustments of the upper body in most cases. With growing access to the media and the world around them, this doesn’t stop them from pursuing their dreams of becoming a model or to work in the fashion industry. Many photographers are unsure of how to pose a model in a wheelchair and the pose you choose has a huge impact on the results. Choosing the right pose can make things look beautiful. The best poses for the sitting position when used well make a photograph look good. Wheelchair users also have to consider how to position their wheelchair to create a good pose. There are many angles from which a wheelchair does not look good and therefore getting it into the right position is essential. One of the best angles for this is believed to be at 45 degrees, in which the wheelchair is visible but the person does not look shrunk. One other pose in which picture is taken from the front is also nice, but it often makes the person look short and a little wider. Keeping the back straight, the neck elongated and the shoulders pulled up straight can make a person look taller even in a wheelchair. A pose with the legs slightly crossed gives a feminine look.
When taking group pictures, one can try to decrease the attention towards the wheelchair. This can be achieved in a variety of ways. A normal routine picture with the wheelchair seated person in the middle with people standing around it draws a lot of attention towards the wheelchair. To lessen this, we can involve people around in different activities so that the highlight of the wheelchair is removed. We can also make them all sit on a master bed or dining table so that no one notices the disabled person. Many such methods involving sitting positions for all models in a photograph are now used for group photography.
A light choice is one very essential element of photography. A soft light is preferred which decreases the shadows, reduces contrast and suppresses texture. The broader is the source, the softer is the light. Also, diffusion scatters the light, making the source broader. If you move the light source away from the subject, less light will fall on your subject, making the background of the subject look brighter. As the angle between the subject and light source increases, the texture becomes more pronounced. Many of these effects and poses can be seen on my Instagram page SAMABULLOCCK.
The hands of a person in a wheelchair, when resting or doing nothing, can look claw-like. It is preferable to increase the distance between the arms and the body which makes the body look slim. The hands can be utilized in posing as if the person is doing something like fixing their hair or holding the sidearm or anything else. Eyes look very stunning with beautiful light. The size, shape, and brightness of your eye depend upon the light source you used. The way you communicate, connect or direct your model is key to capturing a great expression in her eyes. If she’s distracted or nervous, it will be reflected in her eyes.
A genuine smile can greatly increase the beauty of your picture. A correct Duchenne smile, in which the eye muscles are also involved, is preferred. Showing some teeth, not all, can lighten up your smile. Your smile usually does not look cheerful until you are authentically happy. These are the many suggestions that can make any person, including someone in a wheelchair, look stunning and for such photographs and information, visit my Instagram page SAMABULLOCK