The latest news from the Fame Fad celebrity photo website for August 2015
Photo of the Month July 2015
The only picture I took in July. A suitably dark but incredibly good picture of rising star Ella Eyre. A picture which brings us nicely onto the bombshell news.
Fame Fad News August 2015
This was initially going to be a 1 liner or at most 1 paragraph news announcement but you soon realise people need reasons and explanations for radical decisions. Especially when there are a lot of people involved. You can’t say that in one line or a paragraph. So this is the long version.
Let me explain. A road sign, small and distant initially has been for the past year or so pointing in a certain direction for me, and has been acknowledged but ignored with a shrug of the shoulders and a “I’m going this way” attitude. Through a recent course of bizarre events this road sign has become so large and powerfully illuminated with huge flashing neon lights, it’s been finally realised this is the direction I HAVE to go. I realise now I have no choice in the matter. It’s not debatable.
SO after much careful consideration over the last couple of months it has been decided there will be no further updates on this website as a result, to focus on this new direction. This, Fame Fad website, what I’m now calling a “project” of 3 years duration, in my opinion has reached its completion and conclusion and the road has reached it’s end. A dead end in fact. Just like a relationship that isn’t going anywhere, you have to let go and move onto pastures new and follow that road sign. They don’t come very often, if at all.
Where it leads I have absolutely no idea. All I know is, that is the direction I have to go.
All associated websites such as Flickr, You Tube, Photoshelter, Tumblr and Twitter will also have no further updates as a result. This is not a temporary but a permanent state of affairs. I have to close this door in order to open the new one. There is no halfway house here.
The famefad.com and associated websites will still be available in present form and will form a live archive collection of my celebrity photo work. You could say it is a study of fame and celebrity life and events and the entertainment industry in London during 2012-2015. May even produce a book from this material with some stories of which I have many. I also have some unique celebrity photos in storage that have never seen the light of day for various reasons that would make an interesting book in their own right. Some will never be published though, they will be just a personal thing between me and the celebrity concerned for whatever that reason may be.
So Fame Fad is not dead, far from it, but it will live on in a different way and I think in better and far superior and deeper more meaningful forms.
If I ever did come back to the celebrity game, and it is a game, it would be intimate 1 on 1 stuff, just me and the celebrity and no event officials, no paparazzi or press, no screaming fans or graphers. Just me and the star and that’s it. Photos at home, work, studio, dressing room, on set….that sort of thing. Real grass roots stuff with the emphasis on REAL. If that ever did happen it would appear at frankjohn.com and not at Fame Fad. Don’t hold your breath on that one but it’s a pipe dream I’ve had from day one and the way my work was heading in it’s latter stages. I produce my best work on my own, that I know for sure!
Back to Fame Fad and the way forward from today. All photos are still viewable and available for purchase online. All contact forms and feeds will remain as they are and function as normal. In summary I’m not pulling the plug on the website, certainly not in 2015 and it will probably be around for years to come. It may even change format as more of a showcase instead of a rather dull events in chronological order sort of thing, but the hard fact remains there will be no further updates on this website. That is FACT.
One of my new projects is at fjgirls.com which is a pipe dream that is manifesting itself in the real world and seems to be proving head scratchingly popular. Not much in celebrity terms on that website. Not exactly (on the surface) deep subject matter either (basically photos of women walking down the road?). Dig deeper though and their is a whole different agenda going on. Fashion is just a vehicle or a shop window to bring that agenda into being. If truth be known it’s not even about fashion it’s about my favourite subject “women”. This looks to be a tip of the iceberg website that will give rise to some other new offshoot deeper documentary style projects (nothing to do with fashion) which are in the pipeline as a result of this website and will be a radical departure from what I’ve done before.
Where I’m heading, not many have gone before. Maybe a few of the masters from the past. Unlike the Celebrity and Entertainment Industry and Photo Journalism which is saturated with photographers and is a well worn and known and well beaten path. A rather large machete and industrial torch is required where I’m heading and no one but myself will be there. It will be a lonely but potentially highly rewarding journey, or there maybe nothing at the other end.
These projects will probably be in film (analogue) format (have recently acquired film slr and rangefinder cameras and associated gear that are 100% mechanical and don’t even need a battery) and the photos will be hard copy real world and not available in any electronic/digital form. Hence film, it’s a medium that slows you down and is a sod to digitise and get online. Good for deep projects.. What’s not online is unknown, not seen, hard to copy and steal, you could say it also makes it intrinsically more valuable as a result. These projects will be done in a Vivian Maier manner. Anybody who knows that name and her story will know what I’m getting at. You could say this is in no uncertain terms “A Calling”. Again these sort of things don’t happen very often in a lifetime, if at all.
All these projects have nothing to do with fame or celebrities or the entertainment industry, the polar opposite in fact, so probably will not be of interest to most here. Some will be, to put it mildly…. quite unglamorous and ordinary, not really the sort of thing you put on social media. Banal is the word that springs to mind here, but turning that banality into something magnificent. A supreme photographic challenge. No miserable cats or selfies here though!
In summary this radical change in direction, is not about website popularity or hits and fame. It’s not about Twitter followers and retweets or Facebook or Instagram likes. It’s not even about the money. It never was. These new projects are beyond all that, it’s about a deeper creative calling and a radical change of direction you could say? Creating a body of work that has “power” and “meaning” and a “strong message” and a “timeless” quality with the emphasis being on “quality” and UNIQUE being the objective. In hindsight Fame Fad was just a process and journey of realising that fact and reaching this point on the road where I am now. As grand and impressive as Fame Fad is, that’s all it was.
This to most people probably sounds complete and utter madness, the tossing to the wayside of a succesful and popular website, but to any of you creatives out there, you’ll know exactly where I’m coming from. If you don’t follow that sign, you’ll regret it the rest of your life.
I’ll still be around as a photographer but I will just not be involved with celebrities or the entertainment industry in a photo journalist capacity anymore. My other still live websites and social media are listed at the end of this news article if you wish to follow me in my new capacities. BUT if you’re looking for that celebrity buzz you’re probably better off elsewhere.
Fame Fad has been one fantastic journey, but like all journeys it had to end sooner or later. 3 years (on and off) all told is a pretty good run. (5 if you include my earlier blogging days) Courses of higher learning such as Degrees, strangely and coincidentally, also run for that period of time.
I would like to thank all @famefad followers for their support and interest during this projects duration.
I would also like to thank certain other photographers, websites, graphers (autograph hunters), event officials and security (you know who you are) for providing access, information or just a good spot to make these photos possible. Without which half these photos would not be here at all.
It has been one hell of a rollercoaster ride! Hope you enjoyed the ride as much as I did.
Founder, Owner and Photographer
Frank John Photography Websites
fjgirls.com London Fashion and Street Style
frankjohn.com currently a business card/shop window style photographers website that is set to radically change late this year/early next which may feature some of my new work. A new Twitter also in the pipeline. One to keep an eye on!
@fjgirls twitter for fjgirls.com
@ThatFJ my personal twitter mainly arty stuff on here. A creative doodle pad/diary kick a ball round the park sort of Twitter Page. Erratic and not very frequent updates!
@fjgirlsmobile the fjgirls instagram
Others in the pipeline especially Flickr, instagram and You Tube.