A view at some of my favorite E.J. Bellocq photographs, which were taken around 1912 in Storyville, Louisiana. The subjects of these photographs are known to be prostitutes and out of work actresses around this… More
-The Bogeyman- Jack Prelutsky
As I allowed myself to become consumed by vintage films, photographs and the like, I found myself really dreading my way too long locks and just couldn’t help but feel envious over the silent film stars of the past. Now, i had grown my hair out with vintage style intentions, but my very hectic mom life proved that it was just far too difficult to actually keep up that look, and my hair spent most of the last 2 years in a very ugly bun. Not the least stylish at all. I don’t know if it was impulse, or the new year vibes or just months of hating my frizzy, tangled nest on my head, but I said I am doing this. I literally walked across the street minutes after and had it all chopped off. I went through the periods of grief, denial, regret, depression…but now here we are 3 days later and I actually feel like this was the perfect way to begin my year. Whether I will keep it is unsure, but I do feel like this was the best thing I could have done for my self esteem. Long hair can feel like a security blanket, and I did tell myself I was going to stop being a comfortable baby this year.
I think if I were to ever try and explain my personal style, it would have to be a mix of both a vintage goth vamp and a woodland barefoot fairy nymph(with some other elements of course)…now here we are, and designer Maria Grazia Chiuri for Dior has somehow created this exact fantasy, down to the sheer bat masks(which I was just googling to try and make my own a week ago!) and gold snake necklaces, which is my current obsession.
I am actually resurrected by this collection, it has been a long time since I’ve given a damn about a fashion show but WOW if this isn’t an indication of the fashionable Spring that is to come(at least personally), what is? Also I love that this is a spring collection and there are lots of black, bugs, bats and snakes.
I meant to choose 4-5 of my favorite, but there were so many good ones!
Once upon a time, I worked as a local pin up photographer. The job was tedious, and not very free in terms of creativity but it was a job and it was better than anything else I could be doing. After I had my daughter Lydia, I stopped shooting as much, no longer needing it to survive, and eventually I stopped shooting completely to focus on real life. However, I can’t and haven’t been able to help the fact that being a photographer was my dream since I was a kid, and even though mother hood, and painting have vastly fulfilled me…that little dream decided to come back knocking. To those familiar with my work, they’ve seen I ventured from simple pin-up, to now, realizing that my little one, almost 6 years old, is my muse. She is raw and real, emotional, and I don’t know if it’s because of her age, or how she is raised, or maybe she just likes the feeling of being an ‘actress’, but we have really created some beautiful pieces. Perhaps these will only be present in our family album, maybe they will lead to more, but we love what we are doing so far.
All of these were shot with my Canon DSLR and retouched in Photoshop to mimic an analog feel.
New favorite…the dark, alluring and sensual paintings by Frederico Beltrán-Masses. I’m in love!