Changing rooms

Above: A changing room. Credit: Gregor from Pixabay.

Changing Room Pics

These days outside fashion/clothing retail changing rooms it has become commonplace to see a person who is trying on new clothes emerge from their fitting room cubicle and request that a friend or a member of the shop staff--or sometimes a passing stranger--take their photo. A photo-record and aide memoire of the garment being tried on. (The appeal to third party is evidence that a selfie will generally not suffice in this situation.) The photograph will be looked at later, maybe shown to others, generally perused, before a decision is made on the potential purchase.

Such photos are typically "straight ups"--just a straightforward document from head-to-toe, front on, and no effects. These pictures recall the original ethos of British fashion magazine i-D. The first issues of that magazine included many "straight up" photos of ordinary Londoners in the street with written captions detailing their fashion look. As a format of popular photography, the outside-the-changing-cubicle image is another one that has developed due to the smartphone.

For me, these captures are a fascinating type of fashion photo. The images are notable for the special status that the picture has: it is an index to a decision not yet made--and often has a short-lived, fleeting quality. It's a photo pending review. It is useful to the owner only until their mind is settled. The photo is part of a thought process. The subject of the photo is in a transitory relationship to the garment being modelled. The model is interested, but not sure yet...

(15 June 2019)