Sunday, January 29, 2012

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Vintage Geisha LOVE: Spring Inspirations 3

I don't know exactly what role these images play
in the styling of spring, all I know is that I am drawn to them
the elaborate hair- the kimono shapes
the white face makeup- 
I guess it all really began with this image of a Greek protester
from the recent Time magazine honoring "the protester" as the person of the year

 Even though she is not a Geisha,
she is so strong and defiant and yet peaceful.
The maalox on her face- worn to prevent irritation caused by tear gas- 
creates this Kabuki theatrical quality.
It seems to be serving as a mask or shield - there is something sinister about it
very spooky and a nice way to bring an edge to
the floral "prettiness" of springtime fashions-
Geishas are lovely- but their history has a dark side of forced beauty and slavery....
In fact, I never like any of my photo shoots, spring or fall to feel to pretty-
it would be an unbalanced picture of how I see things


“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it's true I'm here, and I'm just as strange as you.”
Frida Kahlo