Some weekends ago, I joined a group of fellow hobbyist photographers and models in a Time for Print Barbie-themed photowalk organised by StreetMeetMy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Initially held off by a drizzle, it began later than planned and we made the Barbie-themed aisle of Pavillion Mall our stage. Afterwards, we shot at some locations around the buzzing Bukit Bintang Crossing before ending up at some of the nearby alleyways.
There was no strict dress guideline but I was impressed by the individuality that each model brought to the photowalk. They demonstrated immense creativity: some incorporated personal items like culturally significant head coverings into their outfits, while another took inspiration from a 60's era Barbie. This reminded me of Formula 1, where, despite operating under the same regulations, each team crafts a unique and powerful car.
So, let's dive into the world of Barbie as envisioned by the brilliant minds I was fortunate to work with! All the photos were captured with a Sony Alpha 7 IV with FE 50mm F1.4 GM; most in aperture priority.
She put together her own outfit, complete with the accessories. Interestingly, she's been referred to as a 'Bratz Barbie' due to her unique and stylish look.
Two talented sisters with a natural knack for striking up interesting poses.
Fero's outfit was inspired by Rockstar Barbie and she managed to embody the style and energy of the character even without a guitar prop.
Her outfit was a nod to Barbie's work wear, especially one of the ensembles worn by Margot Robbie during a Barbie Press Tour. This display of feminine grace and boldness affirmed that strength and femininity can exist beautifully.
Sabrena's poses were distinctive and original. Most of the photos I captured of her turned out to be both exceptional and great.
She presented a mix of Barbie's radiant positive energy and a more contemplative serious side. Her serious demeanour, juxtaposed with moments of upbeat positivity, provided a fresh take on the usually 'happy-go-lucky' Barbie.
Zara took inspiration from the iconic 60's Solo in the Spotlight Barbie doll. The vintage influence in her look added an appealing contrast to the modern interpretations around her.
That's the last of the pictures. I had fun capturing these moments and learned a lot from interacting with other photographers.