I woke up this morning and this was my first thought-on a Sunday morning. I am lucky enough to be heading out to the beach and enjoying the sunshine and carefree days of summer, however this is really what is nudging and tugging my heart and brain- there is a disproportionate amount of prejudice, among us, surrounding us in everyday life. This may be a comedic MEME, from a memorable movie- but we and I mean each of us need to do something to right it- no matter how small or large, or in between. Just do something everyday. Collectively we can change.
IT’S COSMIC OUT THERE
Maybe it all began with a “Bang! ” Designers are Bringing the heavenly Stars, Moon and Sun, to Fashion in abundance. They have shown it’s a “Force Of Nature”, and that there is this energy beyond all. The fascination is past and very present- I love the Space Theme! I created a Photo Book called “Cosmic Beauty”, A Grander View - a book about acceptance and the search for truth in Beauty. (Below are some Images)
I don’t know about you- maybe you missed the “Eclipse,” couldn’t find a great pair of “Space Goggles” - but don’t miss out of the trend of the Cosmos…it will make you reach for the Stars! Lending us a twinkle of Imagination Big Time, that is sure to ignite the senses….
Design House Chanel has one of my favorite nail polishes that will make the Holiday season sparkle, or at the very least your nails will have a very shimmery glow… check out the Cosmic Nail Enamel ( A perfect Blue Black, with a shimmery glow) In fact Cosmic was the grand theme of Fall/Winter 2018. I am still feeling the mood of Exploration- Have to “Believe!”
Cosmic Boot Mini 26" Square Scarf Design for Spring Arrival
The Power of the Female Gaze
Hypnotic and bewildering, a sideward glance that is both furtively powerful and discreet. How can that be? I recently watched the documentary on Princess Diana - “Diana: In Her Own Words”, on The National Geographic Channel - and was reminded of the power of “The Gaze"
Diana was grand and beautiful, but she held a shy sideward gaze that captivated a Prince, A World of Humanity, and The Heart of People. She had you from the start. From the first shy glance. It held mystery, and allure, and promise of a hidden compassion that dwelled beneath. As a photographer, I am always interested in the gaze of my subjects. It reflects a moment of realness. A moment where my subject is at home. One where we meet and separate at the same time. It is the women that I photograph that have an unusual reaction-or look as we say. I have cast and photographed thousand of models for worldwide commercials and print campaigns and they are so use to being sexy in front of the camera when a man is photographing them. When I photograph them, I find that they are more natural and carefree laughing and flirting with the camera itself or imagining who will one day be viewing this image. I take a beat, until I get the reaction I need. The shift of power from photographer to subject changes rapidly. It’s a constant flux. The sexy vibe is there…different. Very different then say, a pose of a model from a shoot with Helmut Newton, Nan Golden, Cindy Sherman, Mario Testino, Bruce Weber, Ellen Von Unworth, Lillian Bassman, Louise Dahl-Wolf (Of course these are exceptional photographers with exceptionally noticeable styles). However it made me think of the intent and the editing of my captures. More importantly it makes me think of The power of the female Gaze.
Our society is so obsessed with photography- no secret..just take a look around. Sexy images abound..however not all are truly sexy in the real sense. Some just fake it. I’ve come to realize that just as I am looking for truth in Art and Beauty..The Beauty of The Female Gaze and power is just that..you can’t fake it. A photo may only capture a portion of truth..but the fragment of true is in the moment.
That Gaze that started it all
RIDING IN THE CAR, with coffee and my husband..on the way to the beach, I was listening to Sirius Radio, and one of my favorite interviewers, Howard Stern, was interviewing one of my favorite comedians, Jerry Seinfeld. The show was hilarious..but also fashion (In)formative.
“Why does Jerry Seinfeld tie his look together with a sports jacket?”