Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Top Photographer Mr Andy Simon tells it all to the Fashion Police

1)Please tell us who you are and what you do for those not familiar with you?

My Name is Andy Simon, I’m from Walsall in the West Midlands, and I am the photographic mastermind behind Darkslide Photography. I specialise in Alternative fashion, Pin –up and creative horror photography. I mostly shoot on location rather than a studio and like to think of myself as an environmental photographer, adapting the location to suit the model and the theme of the shoot.  I also co run the Pin-up for Heroes project, which raises money for the Help for Heroes charity and has to date raised over £10,000 for the cause.  

2)There are so many photographers out there what make you different from them?

Hard to say, but i think its a combination of my enthusiasm for my work, as well as having a quirky eye when it comes to my style of photography. Although it is a very niche area to specialise in, the Alt scene has so much to offer and is such a vibrant community.

3)What word best describe you as a person?


4)What is one thing you can't leave home without?

My Galaxy S Android phone. It is literally a physical extension of myself. I use it for networking, surfing, inspiration, and of course taking photos with! I am a big believer in ‘The best camera is the one that is with you’ and even though i have my pro kit at home, having a phone able to capture a moment in time wherever you are is invaluable to me.

5)If you had the chance to do a shoot with 3 people of your choice who would it be and why?

Tough one! There are so many amazing models out there already, and people who i have shot in the past i would love to work with again, but 3 off the top of my head at the moment would be Karen Gilliam (of Doctor who fame) Charlotte Holmes (runner up in the 2010 Britain’s next top model) and last but not least, Kitty Liquor, an up and coming burlesque performer and pin-up model.

6)What makes a model model when taking pictures?

A good model is someone who is expressive and confident with themselves, knows their own body and how to hold a pose. But most importantly, someone who has a good working attitude!

7)Describe your fashion sense?

Stuck firmly in 1992, deep in the grunge era.

8)Are you married/single/divorced/relationship?


9)What music would have you shaking your booty on the dance floor?

Anything from a bit of Pearl Jam, to (cringe) Britany Spears.

10)What attract you to someone?


11)What are a few things women do that makes you mad?

Not just for women, but people who lack confidence in themselves.

12)If we was a fly on your bedroom wall what would we be shock to see?

Probably my comic book collection, i am a total geek when it comes to comics!

13)If the fashion police was to have dinner at your home what would you prepare?

Full on home made stew, simmered for around 8 hours so the meat literally melts in your mouth.

14)What do you love most when dancing with someone?

That someone is willing to dance with me is a good start, as I am about as co-ordinated as a drunken yak!

15)What do you sleep in boxers........briefs......pjamas......naked?

Boxers, with one leg always kicked out the side of the blanket.

16)If you was given 2 tickets to attend any event which 2 would you attend?

New York fashion week and possibly an opera at one of the big halls in London.

17)How can someone from the other side of the world learn more about you and view your work?

Follow me on facebook on www.facebook.com/darkslidephoto or visit my website www.darkslidephotography.co.uk regularly as I update often with new projects and images. Or of course, they could just ask, i like to think i am quite an approachable person.

18)What makes someone photogenic?

I think anyone can be photogenic, it is how they are shot that makes a photo, pose and lighting make a difference true, but trying to show an individual’s real personality is the true test of a photographer.

19)If you had the chance to whisper something really nice into the fashion police ears what would you say?

‘Please be gentle with me’

20)What do you think of men who teaches women to walk the runway?

I’m all for it, i think men can be a bit more subjective and impartial when it comes to giving advice.

21)Where do you get your inspiration from?

Everywhere! I can be walking down a street, see a shadow or a glimpse of light, and that’s all that’s needed to give a spark of an idea. But anything from comics, to fashion magazines of the 50’s and 60’s to more contemporary photographers who inspire me on a daily basis.

22)Who are your 4 best friends you would ride and die for?

Mr G, Mr B, the other Mr B and Mr C.

23)Which 3 camera men do you look up to if any?

Bob Carlos Clarke who was massive in the 90’s and sadly died a few years back. Richard Avedon and Matt Cannon.

24)Any last word for our many blog readers around the world?

Thanks for reading, be happy and enjoy life, as we only ever have one of them to live!.

Princess Shirley does not hold back she has confess to Fashion Police

1) Please tell us who you are and what you do for those not familiar with you? My name is Shirley Ann.  In my younger days I use to do fashion modelling.
2) What 2 words best describe you as a person? Honest!  Sincere!
3) Name one thing you just can't leave home without?   My Lip Gloss!
4) Do you think you’re a true representation of a today's woman?   This depends on the type of women you speak to. I do have a lot of old fashion ways, but then again I am 50!  I dress very well and carry myself well also!
5) What are your 3 fashion tips you live by? If it doesn't fit, I don’t wear it!  I dress according to the occasion! I like to dress to impress, and that doesn't mean letting it all hang out,
6) What makes a man a true gentleman?  I think a man is a true gentleman when he speaks honestly and passionately from his heart, and who treats you kindly. Has good manners, and very polite and respects you as a person!
7) What are a few things men do that makes you mad?  When you know they are lying blatantly!  To be honest.... TOO MANY TO MENTION!  
8) What music would have you on the dance floor shaking your booty? BeyoncĂ©  can you handle this!  I also like R’N’B
9) Which 3 men do you admire for their dress sense?  Idris Elba, Will Smith, Denzel Washington. They look great and dress very very well!
10) Who are your 4 best friends you would ride and die for?
My Children!

11) What do you think of the Fashion Police blog?
Long overdue and very interesting to read!
12) If you was to shoot with 2 photographers who would you choose and why?
Emerzy Corbin for Fashion!  And the Psychologist/Photo Journalist: Delroy Constantine-Simms
13) What do you love most when dancing with a man? Rhythm and sensuality!
14) If you was to stay home on valentine with your lover what would you wear and cook?
Clothes that is accessible, yet difficult to remove! I can’t make things that easy! Even on Valentine’s Day! Especially, if he can’t be bothered to take me out!
15) What are a few thing women do that makes you mad?
Gossip and backstab about each other!  I hate when they do that!
16) If we was a fly on your bedroom wall what would we be shock to see?
My man in bed with  next women!
17) If you was given 2 tickets to fly anywhere in the world which 2 places would you go and why?
1  Miami for the weather and beautiful beaches
2 Jamaica as I haven’t been there for a while and its well over due!
18) Describe your fashion sense? I like to wear elegant clothes, and I dress according to the occasion.
19) What do you think of men who teach women the catwalk? I think they are great! Especially ‘Catwalk Professor’!  He can teach us women a thing or two!  he’s an excellent teacher and very good at what he does!
20) Any last words for our many blog readers? Yes this Blog is well overdue and very interesting to read. Enjoy your life to the Max as life is too short! Live and Love your Life and Most Importantly, love the People in your Life! Be true to them and yourself!
21) What is most sexy a man in boxers.......a man in bikini briefs.........a man in thong?
Men not wearing any! LOL!!  Boxers of course it makes men look Sooo Sexy indeed!Especially if they have a SIX PACK

Former Ms Caribbean World Beauty Pageant Winner Speaks To The Police

1)Please tell us who you are and what you do for those not familiar with you?

Hi all.... My name is Marcia Baptiste a three time 2010 Queen (Miss Dominica, Miss Caribbean World and Miss Jaycees). I am admirable Aries, an advocate for Diabetes Awareness and Going Green and I am from Portsmouth, Dominica (The Nature Island of the World) Please do not mistake the Commonwealth of Dominica (situated between Guadeloupe and Martinique) for Dominican Republic they are totally different in sooo many ways. Smile I am currently preparing to commence studies at the University of the West Indies Mona Campus, if God spares my life, to study Law.

2)What 2 words best describe you?

1.Pragmatic (down to earth)Winking smile

3)So you also model,there are so many models out there what makes you different?

My zeal, aspirations, character, beauty, determination, open mindedness and hunger to know more and be the best me I can be with God as my driver, because without him I can do nothing.

4)Name one thing you just cant leave home without?

Mmmmmmmmmmmmm hahahahaha depends on where I am going but my great big bag of everything with my vex money Winking smile

5)When not working what do you enjoy doing?

I am a game freak! Open-mouth smile I love watching african movies HEY! hahahaha Not forgetting a good book in my times of solitude.

6)What music would have you running to the dance floor to shake that booty?

Depends on where I am but a good Zouk, Electric slide and Party Rock! Shake dat............ Party smile

7)Do you think you're a true representation of a today's woman yes/no why?

The question is what is a today's woman? Yes I am if a today's woman puts God first, keeps updated with current affairs, is passionate about at least one issue affecting people, up keeps herself (spiritually, educationally and overall look), always aspires to grow, is opinionated and determined to stir up change for the better!

8)If you were given 1 ticket to fly to any where in the world where would you go and why?

Vanuatu located in the South Pacific Ocean because I would love to see and experience why they got voted the #1 Purest Island in the World over Dominica in Island's Magazine May/April 2010 Issue. 

9)Who are your 5 best friends you would ride and die for?

lololol My very close family and they know who they are. I refrain from calling names Don't tell anyone smile

10)What do you hate most when dancing with a man?

When he is dancing real close and he has no rhythm.

11)Are you single/married/divorce/relationship?

I am in a loving relationship http://tracking.technodesignip.com/?action=count&projectid=642&contentid=18091&referrer=-&urlaction=...

12)If we were a fly on your bedroom wall what would we be shocked to see?

That when I remove all my makeup and when I wake up I am still beautiful Princess

13)Name 4 things girls do in pageants that makes you say"GIRL YOUR NOT GOING TO WIN"?

1. Walk without a smile   2. Second guess their movements   3. Not make full use of their stage   4. No personality on stage

14)Name 3 men in dominica that you admire the way they dress?

1.The men who go to Pentecostal church on Sunday.          2. Some young men in government          3. Some men on their wedding day.

15)What are your 4 fashion tips you live by?

1. Don't be afraid to try new things you just might like it.    2. Clothes don't make you, you make them    3. Less is more    4. Make-up only enhances your beauty

16)What are your 4 pageant tips to win a crown?

4. Smile    3. Have a great walk     2. Always be Confident     1. Preparation is key

17)What do you think of Fashion Police News Blog?

I believe that Fashion Police News Blog is the best way to let the world know about you and what you are about!

18)If you had to stay home with your lover for valentines what would you cook and wear?

Only what he desires! ;)

19)What is more sexy a man in boxers.......a man in briefs.......or a man in a thong?

Depends on the guy hee hee lol :D Hot guy, hot body definitely a thong!

20)What do you think of men who teaches women how to walk the catwalk?

I admire them a lot because they definitely know what a woman working the catwalk should look like. They know what sex appeal is, looks like and should look like.

21)If the fashion Police had to come to your home for dinner what would you prepare them?

Depending on their preference but definitely some Dominican cuisine. Crab and callalou, fig and salt fish, salt fish and roast breadfruit with cucumber salad or a nice fish broth with coconut milk!

22)Which guy in Dominica do you think is so sexy....like oh my dayzzzzzzzzz?

Last time I checked my guy! :D

23)Which 4 beauty queens in Dominica  do you look up to and why?

1. Miss Marah Walter for her humility,   2. Mrs. Kamala Jn. Baptiste-Aaron for her confidence and want for self betterment     3. Mrs. Marcella Laroque-Menal for her outstanding achievements     4. Miss Magaret Rose Cools-Lartigue for being the 1st and only Dominican to represent Dominica in Miss Universe Pageant

24)What are 4 chat up lines a guy ever said to you that makes you go hmmmmmm are you crazy?

Mmmmmm my mind will not permit me to remember much lines but one was, 'Aye who u be?'

25)Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I see myself as a well known role model, advocate and graduate with my masters in law, married and happy.

26)Any last words to our many blog readers?

With so many influences around us we tend to lose ourselves. Take heart, stay alert, be confident, trust in God and just be yourself! Remember Diabetes is everybody's business and take one green step by managing your waste!

27)What perfume are you wearing as we speak?

Madmoiselle CoCo Chanel 

Thank you for affording me the opportunity to be on the number 1 blog site FASHION POLICE NEWS BLOG and thank you blog readers for taking time out to get to know me http://tracking.technodesignip.com/?action=count&projectid=642&contentid=19434&referrer=-&urlaction=...!!