Monday, June 24, 2013
I'm obsessed with these magical prismatic, stereostrobe nudes by photographer Gjon Mili for LIFE magazine. One of Mili's most famous works is probably the "Nude descending a staircase", 1942 -- A brilliant photographic take on the Marcel Duchamp painting, again using the stereostrobe effect to achieve the multiple exposures like the multiple figures in Duchamp's original piece. Mili is one of my favorite LIFE photographers, always playing with motion and light in a psychedelic way, years before the 60s had even begun.
Monday, June 17, 2013
In 1972 the new Polaroid SX-70 made a splash.... Not for the dreamy softness and muted tones that draw us to it today, but for its sheer ease of use. Within 10 seconds you could remove this fold-up camera from your pocket and snap away 5 photos. The pictures developed without long wait-times or messy chemicals.
LIFE photographer Co Rentmeester, played with the new SX-70 while shooting the magazine's October 27, 1972 cover story and captured some arresting dream scenes with the camera.
Friday, June 14, 2013
Edie Sedgwick x The Crystal Stilts.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
|60s era peignoir pale robins egg blue bed jacket.|
Rise and shine.... Something is stirring in the dollhouse. She wakes at dawn bathing in a curious amber glow that streams through an open window in her bedroom. She hardly remembers the day before and it hardly matters today. There is a magic in the air. Today has infinite possibilities.
|Tangerine 60s maxi peignoir over 80s cream white slip|
Magic telephone calling card to the great beyond. Pick up the phone.
|Electric mint 60s sheer chiffon capelet|
In her studio she creates new worlds that have never before existed and are impossible to duplicate again. Each painting contains her finger prints. Each a painted garden of delight sprouting from her mind, leaping off her brush, enveloping her with memories and dreams.
|70s cream maxi nightgown and vintage Avon rings|
Cat nap in the greenhouse at midday, embraced in light, vines grow and reach for her. A thick floral perfume fills the air. She falls into a deep sleep, slow wave dream state...
|Wide lavender chiffon scarf and rings|
|Lavender chiffon scarf over 80s era lingerie romper and 60s brass chain and pendant|
|60s pale blue peignoir|
Sweet dreams, dolly...
I'm so happy to share this series of art projections I devised with artist Sara Gossett. I've loved catching up with Golden Haze for so long and we have been pals in that surreal virtual internet space for going on years now. So, when I recently moved to Washington, DC last summer I was lucky enough to find out in passing that she was based out of Richmond, Virginia, just a stone's throw away (in other words a couple hours drive! At least seems so close having just moved from Brazil...). I jumped on the chance to plan a collaboration with her to merge our mutual loves of 60s era references with our art. Like art projects usually unfold, unplanned surprises and a few limitations reshaped our vision into something different than we could have originally imagined... working together created some images that are far less derivative, and to our delight, far more spontaneously creative.
Having moved our shoot indoors to continue our experimentations with projections, we played with Sara's fantastical watercolored line drawings and my cosmic colored paintings on the big screen. We dreamed of a day in the life of a magical artist living in psychedelic Valley of the Dolls interiors. I asked one of my favorite DC dolls Kate Greene if we could dress her up in some vintage jewels and clothing from my collection and watched her twirl and swoon for the camera while her white blonde tresses caught the light.
You can buy prints of the artwork used in this photoshoot by shopping GoldenHaze or CellardoorSequins.
Photography: Lise Silva
Model: Kate Greene
Clothes and jewelry: CellardoorSequins
Saturday, June 1, 2013
I loooove this music video and modern cover of the Jody Reynolds' 1958 hit Fire of Love by Terminal Twilight.
I also love one of the comments for this video:
"This is Laura Palmer music you'd hear in the Pink Room [Fire Walk With Me]."