" Bella, over here!’
‘Bella, give us a smile.’
The piece or fifty photographers chant her name and the crowd flocking around the American supermodel. She comes just from the show of Haider Ackermann and everyone wants a picture of her. Because a picture of Bella Hadid means guaranteed to get a lot of clicks, and therefore a lot of money. My adrenalineniveau goes up steeply, but they remain extremely calm and undergoing it all with a smile. Dealing with street photographers is an art that you better with the necessary positive attitude approach. That I have this week learned. And another thing: people-watching at fashion week is apparently as animal spotting on safari. You keep your camera at the ready, scanning the horizon off to your prey, and as soon as you have someone in your crosshairs, you turn. And you hope for the Big Five to see. In modetermen that superinfluencers, celebrities, famous modejournalisten, top models or Famous Belgians. Last year I saw on the show of Dries Van Noten, none other than Anna Wintour, and I got there the whole week not talking about it. For streetstylefotografen is that euphoria daily cost. From early in the morning until late in the evening summarize and post them to the input of the various fashion shows, and they take snapshots of everyone who according to them is worth. Whatever it takes. If that means that she has someone to chase, they will not let. Some scream the name of the person in question, in the hope thus to attract their attention. Some photographers even say where someone should exactly to get a better shot. And still others push you away if you according them too much for their feet running. Very sweet, is not. As I said: it's like a safari. It is eat or be eaten. Also their aandachtspanne is non-existent. There is always someone better and newer. One moment, they jump all on the French star stylist Caroline de Maigret, for the connoisseurs), then trippelen them as a gang of blind lemmings behind a South-Korean model (Chanelmuze Soo Joo Park). Compare it with children who would first like marbles, and then ten seconds to jump rope to eventually bored again with the Game-Boy to play. It is all quite ephemeral and superficial, at first glance.