Model Meets Mural: Nikon and photographer Julia Kennedy take fashion to the streets

Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 16th April 2018 A new photography series, released today by Nikon, sees fashion photographer Julia Kennedy combine two mainstream art forms, as she blends the world of fashion with London’s most stunning street art.

Working with French stylist Coline Bach, Julia used the speed and resolution of Nikon’s latest DSLR camera, the D850, and a variety of NIKKOR lenses, to capture the dynamism and fast-pace of busy urban life, while also incorporating the extravagance of the fashion industry.

This exclusive eight-part photography series reflects Julia’s ethos that fashion shouldn’t be restricted to the catwalk but can be appreciated in any setting. Her images focus on vibrant colour, rich texture and movement, while the styling and prop work purposely place the models within the context of North and East London’s finest murals. The full image series can be viewed here.

Julia Kennedy, D850, AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
Murals by DRT (L) and Sr. X (R), Camden

Julia Kennedy, D850, AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED
Mural by Dan Kitchener, Camden

Commenting on the project, Julia Kennedy said, “London is internationally recognised for its fashion credentials and vibrant street art, and I’m always on the lookout for exciting colours and textures. The speed, high-resolution and light sensitivity of the D850 meant I could capture all the movement, detail and colour within each scene – creating a sense of excitement in these everyday urban settings.”

Julia shot the image sequence using the following equipment:
• D850 – Nikon’s latest, full-frame DSLR camera boasts 45 megapixels of extraordinary resolution, outstanding dynamic range, 7 fps* continuous shooting at full resolution and a class-leading ISO range, to deliver a winning combination of speed, detail, and precision.
• AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR – The go-to wide-angle to medium telephoto zoom lens. The lens’ fast f/2.8 aperture enables exceptional low-light performance and consistent exposure across the entire zoom range. Vibration reduction minimises camera shake and allows shooting at shutter speeds up to four stops slower.
• AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED – An extreme wide-angle, fast aperture lens featuring a Nano Crystal coating to reduce the effects of ghost and flare. It delivers edge-to-corner sharpness that can surpass that of equivalent fixed focal-length lenses. 
• AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED – A fast FX-format prime lens with ultra-wide 20mm focal length and bright f/1.8 maximum aperture. This is a lightweight and versatile lens choice for creative photographers who want to exaggerate perspectives.

Julia Kennedy, D850, AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED
Mural by Otto Schade, Camden

Julia Kennedy, D850, AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
Mural by Dr Zadok, Hackney

Julia Kennedy, D850, AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR
Mural by Paula Plim, Camden

Julia Kennedy, D850, AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR
Mural by Darren John, Tower Hamlets

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About Julia Kennedy

British Photographer Julia Kennedy lives and works in London. Julia is known for her use of colour, big set builds and great locations. She loves to laugh and shoots with personality and a sense of humour or irony. Julia has worked with many fashion magazines including L’Officiel, Vogue and Wonderland, as well as with many household names including Charlotte Olympia, House of Hackney, Harrods, Oasis, Sweaty Betty and Rimmel. 

About Coline Bach

Coline Bach is a French London based stylist and costume designer. After graduating from a Fashion Journalism MA at Central Saint Martins School, she went on to assist Dazed & Confused’s Fashion Director Robbie Spencer as his first assistant, working at his side on publications such as Dazed & Confused, AnOther, AnOther Man, Interview Magazine, Vogue Italia, V Magazine, V Man, Harper’s Bazaar, Purple Fashion and Teen Vogue before moving on to pursue her own career. 

*The D850 can shoot up to 9 fps when using the optional MB-D18 Multi-Power Battery Pack with the EN-EL18b battery (used in the D5) inserted