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“They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn't. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.” ― Frida Kahlo

Month: September, 2016

Social (Me)dia | In Response

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“Life’ wrote a friend of mine, ‘is a public performance on the violin, in which you must learn the instrument as you go along.”
E.M. Forster, A Room with a View

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I love how vulnerable everyone can be on social media, as if their faces were painted on keys; turning into words, transforming into sights – a representation of the better (worthier?) sides of ourselves – if used right.

A collection of thoughts and ideologies. We write to hype ourselves – updating and ‘face placing’. We meme it, it’s ‘captured’. Instant yet fallible.

To be social is to be settled enough to enjoy others.

It’s like group therapy, with no filter.

Like a house with every room you could possibly think of.

Perhaps what Virginia Woolf said was true:

So long as you write what you wish to write, that is all that matters; and whether it matters for ages or only for hours, nobody can say. 

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*Unconsciously Graceful | Spotlight on Lillian Bassman

“I am completely tied up with softness, fragility, and the problems of a feminine world.” – Lillian Bassman

I dabble in photography. You could say I have a good eye. The eye is a strange thing isn’t it? A part of the body that speaks the most kindly and yet ferciously. My eyes have seen a lot. Good, bad, yes’s and no’s. I have soaked in life on more than one occassion. I stumbled aross Lillian Bassman’s fashion photography when researching graphic designers. A simple enough search. When I saw Lillian’s works – vignettes of memory and exposure – there was definitely a sense of mystery. A gracefulness that is instinctive.

“For more than 80 years, Lillian Bassman defined, not only fashion, but the role of a fashion photographer.”

Source: Unconsciously Graceful: Lillian Bassman

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By Night, Shining Wool and Towering Heel, Evelyn Tripp, Suit by Handmacher, New York, Harper’s Bazaar1954

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The Little Furs: Mary Jane Russell in a cape-jacket by Ritter Brothers at the Essex House, New York1955

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Tra Moda e Arte: Teresa in a gown by Laura Biagiotti and shoes by Romeo Gigli1996