New York City based fashion photographer, Olga Ush shares her love for Japanese culture through Red Jo, a missed kiss.
Most of the time I get inspiration from something that has been already done in the past. Whether it be paintings, sculptures, music or literature, I feel that some knowledge of Art History is so important for any type of modern artist. Unfortunately, or fortunately, people don't inspire me as much as their art does.
The Red Jo photoshoot was taken from a Comme des Garçons 20th century campaign. I found it in the brand's archive and immediately fell in love with it. I have a special folder, where I put aside all the printed out photographs of things I am inspired by. The photos from this campaign were in this folder for a very long time. They were untouched until I met with Jo and my MUA Dayna, who helped me implement the campaign into my own shoot.
I have developed a strong attachment to Japanese culture, and Comme des Garçons is among the many Japanese creations that I love. I was influenced by Japanese culture a few years ago, and I am still exploring the endless amount of things Japan gave to the world. How is it even possible that Samurais, Geishas, Cosplay and Anime all came from the same country?
— Olga Ush
Olga Ush is a fashion photographer from Moscow, Russia. She currently lives in New York City and studies Photography and Imaging at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
Olga first started feeling passionate about fashion photography, when she got her first Polaroid camera at 7 years old and began taking photos of her mother dressing up. From then on, she has taken thousands of photos documenting her adventures and travels, but her favorite and strongest genre is fashion.