• Text  Max Barnett

Images: PYLOT Issue 04 – The Influence Issue
Text: Max Barnett

The themes that run through each issue of PYLOT are intrinsic to our character and I like to think of influence as the next step of exploration after Issue 03’s status quo. As we deviate from the status quo, then what has influenced us to do so?
From each issue to the next our influences change. As a young magazine we rely heavily on our instincts in order to have a feel for what is new, but how do we discover what is next without looking back? This issue looks over the iconic works of photographers such as Arthur Tress, Arno Rafael Minkkinen, John Myers, and Brian Griffin, artists who I have admired in my career and who have influenced and inspired photographers the world over.

Image from ‘Aiming for Eternity’ Photography by Arno Rafael Minniken
Layout from ‘Arthur Tress’ Photography by Arthur Tress, Interview by Ethel Bess

A single interaction can affect your day, your year, even your life. First impressions can count for so much, which is an interesting thought considering that a lifetime of work can be condensed into one idea or thought, a concept explored by Joe Hewitt in his article ‘life, art and retrospective’. Another inspiring first impression lead to the story ‘Bex’ by Hannah Starkey, which is a fashion story featuring our photography Editor Bex Day as the model.

Image from ‘Bex’ by Photography Hannah Starkey, Styling by Grace Alexander

The direction of the fashion shoots culminates with our cover story shot by Henry Gorse. Henry explores the fantastical world of an imaginary friend showing that aspirations are limitless. Henry’s inspiration comes from childhood games and TV, playing, dreaming, and escaping to other worlds.

Image from our coverstory ‘The Imaginary Friend’ Photography by Henry Gorse, Styling by Viola Galassi, Set Design by David Curtis-Ring

Photographers such as Éamonn Freel, Patrick Welde and Roger Charity took us to exciting places with their concept driven fashion stories, adding much loved colour to the pages of this issue. PYLOT Photography Editor Bex Day explored the concept of age and influence in her playful and though provoking story, ‘How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were’ (our longest title to date!)

Layout from ‘MCMXXVIII’ shot by Roger Charity, styled by Fashion Director Patricia Villirillo
Image from ‘Spielt Mit Mir’ Photography and styling by Patrick Welde
Layout from ‘Asbestos Disco’ Photography by Éamonn Freel, Styling by Alessia Vanini
Image from ‘How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?’ Photography by Bex Day, Styling by Madeleine Østlie

It is also interesting to see that when commissioned with the theme of influence in mind, our stories have taken on a more elaborate aesthetic when comparing them to the raw stories commissioned in previous issues.
We worked with Bobbi Brown on an exclusive beauty feature to highlight the changing attitudes in beauty that large brands can instigate, something Zoe Whitfield looks into in her article about changes in the model industry, where street cast models are front and centre.

Layout from ‘Bobbi Brown’ Photography by Max Barnett, Beauty by Michelle Webb, interview by Rachel Speed

Blossoming academic Phoebe Colley returns with an article about Aesthetic Déjà Vu, an intriguing commentary on ownership of art and how influence can be re-appropriated and approached.
In order for us to become the influential publication that we aspire to be we need to nurture our instincts but also respect our influences. They make us who we are in every way.
Max Barnett