Sunday, September 27, 2009

baggage claim

photo found at apartment therapy

photo found at pointclickhome

photo found on

photo found on m.bibelot's flickr

there is no romance in new luggage. there is no story there— no smell, no dings, no mystery, no adventure. an old battered suitcase says so much. it speaks of damage and dignity, exploration and release, substance and whimsy.
not all things should be replaced, not all things should be upgraded to brand-spanking-new.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

unsupported transit

image from croatian wikipedia

animated sequence of "daisy" galloping, by eadweard j. muybridge— an english photographer in the late 1800's who pioneered the development of photographic sequences of moving objects.
in the 1870's muybridge took it upon himself to answer the question of whether or not a horse's hooves leave the ground all at the same time during a gallop. it was proved that they do— it's called "unsupported transit".
he used 12 stereoscopic cameras, taking pictures at one thousandth of a second to prove this fact.
i love the question. i love the experiment. i love the proof. i love the term, "unsupported transit".
i think this sequence of "daisy" is intoxicating and eerie and ghostlike. i like how the man is dressed. i like their echoing shadows. I like how repetitious and fervent and exacting the whole thing is.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

still-sweet sadness

brigitte bardot

vanessa paradis


these images make me think of the last stretch of summer— the languishing afternoons of long shadows and dappled light, the hazy glow of warm sun and still air... there is the feeling of slowness, and heat...there is a longing and an ache, a still-sweet sadness.

the good girl

all of these pieces are crisp and prim, well-cut and polished. they are oh-so-very lady-like, and oh-so-very discreet. and i like that— i like that they aren't trying too hard to be tough or unconventional or brazen, instead they are quietly communicating through their playful but simple details a level of femininity and sophistication that i find incredibly refreshing. and i like very much that these pieces clearly want to celebrate the female form— the pinch of the waist, the slope of shoulders, the rise of the neck. because really, it is lovely to be a girl.
(all of these clothes can be found on modcloth)