When I was 16 (many, many, many moons ago) I worked at a gallery in Venice that sold prints of famous photographs. They did not sell this print but they did sell many Avedon's which made me fall madly in love with the photographers work and started me on my obsessive research. *Note* This was before the invention of the internet so research was laborious. I saw the above photo session on my Avedon stalking studying and was instantly smitten. What's not to love for me? Animals?--Check. Iconic fashion house?--Check? Genius photographer?-Check. A circus vibe-Check. Complicated simplicity (Come on, this must have been a bear, ur, an elephant to execute)-Check. To me this is perfection. I would love to recreate this image one day, no seriously, I have wanted that since I saw it and I have never had an aspiration to be a model nor do I even like to have my photograph taken. This is the pull of this image for me. Avedon is said to never have been satisfied with his most famous photograph (the first one) but if he were still alive and we were pals I would have assured him, "Nope you're wrong it's perfect.'
Love this photo too? Duly inspired? Need to know more? Here's some links just for you...
-The above print is available here.
-Love elephants + fashion photographs? Here's another one that I was introduced to by Victoria at SFGIRLYBYBAY (thank you sweet Victoria for your keen eye).
Wishing you a Happy New Year! Thank you for all your visits and helping me remain semi-sane whilst I labored at a job that tested both my patience and mental stability. Without your support this year it would have been much more head in the oven inducing but because of you I have discovered that I can actually accomplish what I set out to do no matter how ridiculous my goal may be. Mondays filled with cute baby animals? Why yes, you have indulged me. I am grateful and hope that this new year brings you as much joy, laughter and thoughtfulness as you have brought me.
Thank you for being so pretty. I mean that. I like that word if you haven't noticed. Pretty. You are, yes you.