April 26th, 2012
Have you heard about this guy? He’s all over the web right now. And for good reason. Ian Ruhter is a self-taught tintype photographer who has created the largest wet plate print ever, turning the bed of his truck into a custom camera to do the job. Ian realized that the part he missed most when digital technology took over photography was using his hands so he set out to make a camera that no one else had to make images that challenged him to use his hands again. Click here for a great article via coolhunting.com and check out the video below to see the process. How will you be inspired to be original?
March 29th, 2012
Mark is working on a book project that will feature his popular Backstage series — a study in motion and light (see the photos here). I’ve been helping him with his artist statement and thinking a lot about what fashion means, both as Mark sees it and as I see it, but also about how where our personal perspectives overlap and where they are different. I’ve found a lot of inspiring material this week while catching up on blogs and news, which is how I found this interview with Tavi Gevinson, high school student, editor in chief of Rookie Mag and blogger extraordinaire.
It feels strange to look to a teenager for the meaning of fashion, but Tavi seems to epitomize the exact intersection between fantasy and reality, which is precisely the moment Mark captures in his photographs and is beginning to explore in his writing; her explanation of looking at fashion week from a child’s perspective is spot-on.
Tavi says “Nothing is ever as good as the fantasy of it,” which I think is so true about one’s ideas about fashion and fashion week especially. Mark’s images really perpetuate the fantasy of fashion as a spectacle, which is part of what makes them so interesting. The idea of fashion as a catalyst for expressing a character or a facet of our internal selves is what can be so liberating about it, but the criticism we might face for outwardly expressing ourselves is often what keeps people from being as bold as they could be or want to be with clothes. See what Tavi has to say about fashion and characters here. (image from stylelikeu.com)
What is fashion to you? Where do you find inspiration?