Is it just me but - if you happen to be finding yourself in London now, during the Olympic Games - it's this drawing in, this compulsion to watch, to be present, to not miss anything - sometimes I wake in the middle of the night and think, I've got to turn on the TV, the BBC site, what events are I missing? As if they're still going on while I sleep.

But there's more to life than just the Olympics, and I've been falling behind on posting all the street style I've been doing. This is Irina, who I met at the V&A on the first sunny warm day in what felt like forever - just before the start of the Olympics. She is interning with her friend Laetitia (who's getting her own post next), at Sublime Magazine ('the first international sustainable lifestyle magazine'), which sounds like EXACTLY my kind of publication. They both are gorgeous, and I love their very different styles - and they both were so sweet and modest and surprised that I'd want to photograph them.

I've been giving a lot of thought - because of the Games - to the idea of photography. EVERYTHING is about the camera. We were there, early, in Hyde Park, cheering on all the amazing women at the triahlon, and everything is about the photo. There seems to be some kind of energy that boosts humans on, lifts their spirit, when we are cheered, when we are praised, when someone wants to take our picture. I can't explain it, but I see over and over and over, each time someone wins a gold, they say 'it's the crowds, cheering us on', and that somehow seems to include wanting to record, to bear witness, to events.

It's like- even though we can get the images from the professionals - we simply want to say I WAS HERE.

There's another competition going on, between Westfield East and Westfield West, which piqued my interest, because I live West (South Kensington) and the games are mostly East. So I'm entering in both categories. Which, I suppose, will cancel myself out. Today's post - being shot at the V&A - falls goest to Team West. Please vote, if you'd like. But frankly, I feel that people have great style in the East or the West. Both deserve, in my book, the Gold.


Stephanie Clayton said...

Lovely girl! The camera...yes, I'd imagine it's everywhere right now, in London.
xo S.

Pearl Westwood said...

It has been funny all the Olympics stuff, I cant imagine how it is down there but here we are all glued to the TV!

jill said...

Pretty much the same down here, Pearly Pearl! Glued to the TV, except when we're actually out - you know, in it. And it's a weird feeling: when you're, say, out watching the triahlon in Hyde Park, there's always this nagging feeling that you're missing something on TV!

Today I have been out all day long and haven't seen a peep of Olympics. I'm weaning myself off it for a long flight to NY tomorrow.

And thank you, sweet Stephanie! xox

mtg said...

Jill, I love your street photography. So glad to see you do that again.

Alexandra said...

Love the simplicity of the dress.


April @ Shamballa Bracelet said...

Love your shoes and your bag. nice outfit!

Anonymous said...

I love that. This photo series is so lovely and relaxed. You get a sense of the subject.


Jeane M. said...

Pretty cute, love her dress. Looking forward for more of your photos here. Got my eye on your blog now.

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Fashionistable said...

Well Jill all I can say is that it is lovely to see you shooting some street style again. And she is a very pretty subject. Xxxx

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