Clues to the theme

The Theme

Adults try to protect our fragile childhood with enchanting fairy tales and reassuring answers. Then, the day comes when the truth cannot be concealed any longer and we are gently introduced to the reality. Ecology, as usually discussed, is nothing other than another fiction that fosters the illusion that epochal problems could be resolved by minor changes to our lifestyle and social principles. And the concerns of today’s ecologists, such as recycling or energy and water conservation, are no more than minor details of a broader picture that is taking a scary shape. Unfortunately, the childhood of our society is swiftly approaching the harsh moment when it will realize that the fairy tale world is not forever. Human Ecology, that is the large scale human interaction with the natural and social environment, will soon force our species to face the real issues that threaten the future of mankind. This is the subject that we want to address, even if it is filled with unpalatable topics that our tactful society carefully evades. These include matters such overpopulation and consumerism, the demographic impact of longer lives, the interference with natural selection, unrestrained globalization, worldwide pandemics and massive migrations.

Clues to possible photographic subjects related to the theme

Fashion stories could also be set within, or inspired by, the below themes


– The expansion of urbanization and the endless extension of big cities.
– The ravages linked to mass tourism.

– The consumption of natural space like: mega-dumps, mega-airports, mega wind farms.
– Tapping the shale oil with environmentally questionable Fracking Technology

–  Any original  environmental perspective.


– Abandoned factories and decaying industrial towns. (e.g. in the Rust Belt.)
– Production relocation in Asia. The conversion of once productive industrial structures into Shopping Malls.

Identity theft
– Far East dressing style in Western enviroments.
– Western dressing style in Far East environments.
– Cycle Rickshaws in Western cities (NY, London, etc.)
– The penetration of Asian shops into traditional Western quarter (I.e. virtual relocation into Asia of local old residents).


Forever young
– Rejuvenating Plastic surgery

 The making of Peter Pan
– Elderly people dressing and behaving as young people
– Modeling well into old age

Age chaos
– Aging populations (median age over 40 in Europe).
– Teen populations (median age below 20 in Afghanistan, Congo, etc.)


– Huge crowds
– High density human concentrations (e.g. Shanty Towns, Favelas, Overcrowded public transportation, etc.)

Migratory phenomena

Estranged or integrated
– Out of context Immigrants in a foreign country versus their position within their own culture
– Ethnic quarters vs mixed neighborhoods

– Urban gangs in suburbia
– Hell Angels
– Poor immigrants in a reach context
– Trendy people in a poor context

Paradigm shifts

Switch over
– The shift of Power from the West to the East
– Redefining poverty: from food starvation to basic consumeristic needs (e.g. smart phones, cars, etc.)

2 Responses to Clues to the theme

  1. Jake Raynor says:

    Dear Twill Magazine,

    Hello! My name is Jake Raynor, I am a freelance photographer in NYC. ( I have recently received permission to have a photo shoot in the mausoleum area of the Jekyll and Hyde Club in Times Square. I have attached photos, and can send a video if requested, but it is beautifully decorated with crypts, old stone, moss, a coffin, steampunky machinery, as well as skeletons with swords and such. They perform live shows there, so I will have access to all stage lights they have as well as a smoke machine. I put together an awesome team – Styling will be by Lauren Temple, ( who has contact information for high end designers and showrooms. She has pulled from major publications such as Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Tatler, and Vogue. Makeup will be by Paige Campbell, ( who has worked with Dior, Relapse Magazine, Sony Music, amongst others. There will be a set designer, and we are scouting for models to fit the part now.

    Our theme is an ethereal approach to darkness. Clothing will be avant garde, mystical and Alice in Wonderland inspired. Softer expressions and body language will possess the romantic attitude of the story.

    We would love to have this story published in Twill, and ask kindly for a letter stating that Lauren Temple will take full responsibility for pulling and returning samples in their original condition, as well as permission to submit to your publication.

    Thank you very much for your consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you.

  2. Mattia Corbetta says:

    Good morning,
    my name is Mattia Corbetta and I want to send you the latest editorial work that me and my team (Disordine e Creatività) worked on.
    In this email you can find the description of this work and the link to download the photos.
    I hope that you can find our work interesting and hope to era you soon.

    Best Regards,
    Mattia Corbetta (John Oliver)


    Photos Link Gdrive:

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