Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BL(A)CK (BEAUTY)








     "Life is beautiful but you don't have a clue..." coos the melancholy songstress, none other than Lana Del Rey, in her Ultraviolence track "Black Beauty." I'm going to be making this blog less personal from now on as it shifts towards a more professional platform, but something that will never change is my habitual use of music as inspiration. Nothing gets me in the writing mood better than a darkly lit room and a good song on repeat.

     I had a hard time choosing which song to pair with this post since it's not often that I have all black-and-white photos to share. Something about pictures in a monochromatic scheme elevates their artistic status, so I needed an equally dim, brooding type of song to go along with them. For those of you who throw dinner parties, my dilemma was akin to deciding which brie would glide the most effortlessly onto a baguette or, though it's way over my head, the type of wine that should be served. Food, music, and photography are all arts, after all, and when properly aligned alongside each other magic can be created.

     These photos are from a photo shoot I did a while ago with a photographer by the name of Damon Waters. He's incredible at what he does and told me that he draws a lot of his inspiration for lighting from cinematography. During the shoot we tried out many different lighting fixtures (and outfits) so I might come out with a few more posts featuring his work in the coming month. I should also note that my makeup artist for this shoot was a joyous lady by the name of Brittany who I always adore working with.

     PS. I've been sick for a few days and have been stuck inside eating soup and watching Netflix. To my delight I saw that the 2 part film Nymph()maniac by Lars von Trier had been added and I instantly began watching it. As a cinephile and perhaps a harsh critic I can say in all honesty that the movie is a masterpiece and certainly one of the best I've ever seen. To appreciate this film takes a bit of open-mindedness, maturity and certainly the ability to follow long story-lines. This movie has many scenes involving sex (if it didn't than the title would be a waste,) meaningful violence, gorgeous stylistic editing, rich characters, witty and intelligent dialogue, a few bits of dark humor, and overall an honest commentary on female and male sexuality, friendship, relationships, and oneself. I would rave about it and write a detailed post about how much I appreciate it as a film, but alas, this is not a film critics blog. It is for fashion. Sigh. In any case, watch the film from start to finish in one sitting and let me know what you thought.


1 comment:

Keit said...

Bah, my blog is a so-called fashion one too, but I love talking about movies, especially crappy ones :D
Never seen Nymphomaniac, will have a check later!
I love the photo shoot, you are gorgeous, I love the tank top!