Probably not a lot, maybe Glam Rock and Punk Rock. For some people the only thing they know about the 1970s was from the fantastic TV show Life on Mars. What about the fashion? Platform shoes, wide collars, long hair. I grew up in the 70s and I know it for David Bowie, T Rex, Freddie Mercury and Queen. Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars is my all time favourite album and Queen will always be my favourite band. We also saw the rise of Tamla Mowtown and soul music leading to disco and John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever. Add to this mix the end of the sixties and the decade of freedom of expression you get a very eclectic mix of fashions. It was a very confused Decade starting with flowers and free love but leading to strikes, flying pickets, the three day week, the end of Grammar Schools and finally to Margaret Thatcher.
So when we sat down to chat about a themed shoot it was difficult to pick one theme. Who’s we? We are The Collective Eye and we are a group of people who want to produce unusual and editorial and fashion images. The link between us is Gemma Mahoney who put together the shoot, organised the location and the models, created the sets and kept us on track. I know Gemma, as I photographed her wedding in 2011. In fact a photograph from Gemma’s wedding is on the front page of this site. Gemma knew Kimberley Morris from Dolly Hair Co and she really helped Gemma pull together the look and feel. The sets they produced were fabulous. Last but no means least is Sarah Vinter from Flawless Make-Up. Gemma and Kimberley had worked together before.