When it comes to art, paths cross in the strangest of ways – and there’s no better place to do it than in London. As Samuel Beckett once said: if you’re tired of London, you’re tired of life. Yet oftentimes, talent springs up from the turf closest to home. As a kid I went to an international school in Guangzhou, China… and so did aspiring fashion photographer Shannon Tao, now studying at London College of Fashion.
Born Canadian-Chinese and working in London, Shannon’s work is introspective and reflective. A dreamy, nostalgic quality exudes from her photos: her models pose, stilted yet languid, in fancy dress or nondescript clothing, against leafy backdrops or the clinical edge of a toilet. The slender youths gaze towards the viewer, slightly blurred as if a Gaussian filter has been cast over their frames. Pink, violet, sky blue: Shannon’s world is largely hued with sentimental pastels and framed in polaroid – impulse shots of an everyday banality. Like what you might capture of a friend or an “odd in-betweener” with a blink of an eyelid, they are translucent, ethereal and glaringly transient.
Already, Shannon is starting to make waves in the fashion world, her newest series Glitzy Daydreams having recently been featured on Canadian-English magazine Zeum Mag as well as a collaboration with blogger Jiro Hsu being featured on Elle China.
To see more of Shannon Tao’s photography, visit her website.