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Fashion Photographer Showcases Timeless Beauty by Creating Self-Portraits of All Decades Since 1900

You’ll think she discovered time travel.

1960’s – The Decade of Love and Peace

The 60’s were a thriving time period for space science. The first man walked on the moon, the first woman was put in space, lasers were invented, and the space race really began. Despite the assassinations of both John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., and the waging of the Vietnam War., Americans came together and made significant progress as a nation of different people with different views. With the 60’s came the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, and dozens of other bands considered canonized classics today. The Hippie movement began in the 60’s, the first James Bond film was released, starring Sean Connery, and the first Dr. Who episode aired.

Image courtesy Hope Renae Fischer, Copyright © 2015, Hope Renae Photography
Image courtesy Hope Renae Fischer, Copyright © 2015, Hope Renae Photography

According to Hope, the 60’s were a time of intense eye-shadow, intense hairstyles, and weird color casts. It’s safe to say she accomplished the look she was going for. She also said, when asked which decade she would live in if she had the choice, that she would choose the 60’s. She said the choice was difficult, but she values that the late 60’s were a time where old-fashioned and modern social structures overlapped. When elaborating on her answer, she said “I think it would be interesting to be able to experience the changes, and to see where our modern society got its roots.” The only thing she borrowed for this entire shoot was the pearl earrings in this 1960’s photo. Everything else came directly out of her wardrobe.

1970’s – The Decade of Flowers and Polyester

With the Hippie movement now in full force, the 70’s was a time of free-thinking and open-mindedness. VCR’s, floppy disks, pocket calculators, and the Sony Walkman were invented, and tech giants Microsoft and Apple were founded. The 70’s ushered in music greats including, but in no way limited to The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, Queen, and Elton John. Popular disco songs Y.M.C.A and “Funky Town” were released during this decade.

The phrase “Have a Nice Day”, also first saw use at this time.

Image courtesy Hope Renae Fischer, Copyright © 2015, Hope Renae Photography
Image courtesy Hope Renae Fischer, Copyright © 2015, Hope Renae Photography

The 1970’s was Hope’s favorite photo from this shoot. It was inspired by a professional photo shoot her parents had taken of them running around in a local park in the mid 70’s. As the story goes, these photos have been a running gag in her family ever since. Truth be told, she’s secretly always been a big admirer of the shoot (and even hid several photos from it under her bed when she was younger). Using these photos as a reference, she aimed to capture the same look and coloring. One fun fact about this photo is that she was blaring Buffalo Springfield and Rolling Stones throughout the shoot, which apparently contributed to some confused looks from the neighbors. Though she had originally said she would have loved to live in the 60’s, she also found herself fascinated with the 70’s. After all, if she had lived in the 70’s, she could have gone to a Rolling Stones concert in their heyday.

1980’s – Big Hair, Arcade Games, and Pop Music

In the 80’s, we gained the Rubik’s Cube, Pac-Man, and the Personal Computer (or PC), among other pop culture phenomenon. If you turned on the radio in the 90’s, you’d enjoy beats from the likes of Michael Jackson, Madonna, U2, Whitney Houston, Van Halen, or Metallica. The Terminator first appeared on screen, and Marty McFly from “Back to the Future” first time-traveled back to 1955. The World Wide Web, more commonly referred to nowadays as simply the Internet, was also invented in the 80’s. Of a more historical significance, the Berlin Wall was finally toppled during this decade as well.

Image courtesy Hope Renae Fischer, Copyright © 2015, Hope Renae Photography
Image courtesy Hope Renae Fischer, Copyright © 2015, Hope Renae Photography

According to Hope, perhaps one of the hardest parts of this decade inspired photo shoot was the hair. Not just any hair, but particularly that 80’s hair. She said “Even with half a bottle of hairspray, a teasing comb, and four years of high-hair experience from show choir, it was nearly impossible to get my bangs to stay.” How did women in the 80’s do it?

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Written by Andrew Fischer

Andrew Fischer is the Head Writer and Editor-in-Chief of PopMalt. He is an avid follower of all things pop and Internet culture, and works as Creative Director at NURV, a boutique creative multimedia and digital marketing company.


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