This is the front of a shadowy Art Deco apartment building in Melbourne. I'm a big Art Deco fan. I liked the way Art Deco had super clean minimalist lines but also included a bit of intricate detail as well.
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I thought seeing as it is Halloween tomorrow a dose of spirit photography was in order. These are photographs by paranormal investigator William Hope (1863 - 1933). He apparently used double exposure to get the desired ghostly effect.
I was given this book last week by a dear pal! It's about that ultimate fashionista/ arty gal Isabella Blow. I must confess that I haven't yet read it or even started but I am very familiar with Isabella Blow and her life and times as I am an avid reader of English papers. Isabella , when still alive, always seemed to be in the papers every week in one form or other.
A synopsis of her life: Isabella was born in 1956 London to a military officer and a barrister. She went to secretarial school after she matriculated from high school and then drifted around for several years doing odd jobs.
Finally in 1981 she was introduced to Anna Winter and started working at US Vogue. She spent time also with Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat e.t.c.
In 1986 she moved back to London and started working at Tatler and the Sunday Times Style magazine. It was at this time she befriended and "discovered" the fabulous milliner Philip Treacy, whose outrageous hats she wore at every opportunity, and model Sophie Dahl. She also famously "discovered" Alexander McQueen and bought his entire graduate collection. Isabella was a very gifted stylist who also consulted for houses like LaCoste and eventually became the fashion director for Tatler magazine.
Unfortunately,Isabella suffered from depression, particularly towards the end of her life. She attempted suicide several times before finally succeeding in 2007.
Here are some photos of Isabella starting with this iconic photo (from here) by LaChapelle of her and McQueen.
I am looking forward to reading the book which was co-written by her husband Detmar Blow although I think it may be a little sad and tragic towards the end. Perhaps I might skip that part.
I hope everyone is having an OK week! Good news that Wednesday is finally drawing to a close! It's all down hill from here folks!
No! It's SUPER KITTEN! A bit of a Monday pick me up. Boy oh boy did I need picking up today! It seems like everyone did actually! Anyway, it's all better now because it is officially Monday evening and it's very lovely indeed!
So, a bit of a break from glamorous gals in fabulous evening gowns this weekend. This is Russell to his friends but Super Kitten to everyone else. He is able to leap tall stands of lillies in a single bound, scamper faster than a speeding 5 year old skate boarder, open cat food cans with his bare paws....you get the picture!
It's been a very wet weekend here in Sydney which I've quite enjoyed. Apparently, for the first time in 11 years one of the worst droughts in my state's (New South Wales) history has finally broken much to everyone's relief.
So, I'm very glad I have some shadowy shots to hand because I certainly couldn't take a shadowy shot to save myself today! This is a shot of the spectacular bank of Clivia that was blooming in the Botanics not so long ago.
Clivia is a South African flower that was named after Lady Charlotte Florentina Clive, The Duchess of Northumberland who was the granddaughter of Robert Clive also known as Clive of India.
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Happy Sunday everyone and all the best for the week ahead!
Oh dear! I thought after last week's non-stop business I'd have a bit more time this week to do some proper blog posts and visit all my fave blogs! But! This week is turning out to be even more busy and epic than last week! How is this possible? However, rather than leave a void here as I did last week I shall endeavour to put up posts no matter how small!
So, I give you Ripe Apples which was a card I picked up last week. It's apparently from the front cover of an Art Deco Magazine called The Delineator. It was published in 1928 and I think it's just ravishing!
This is Isabelle. A belle of the ball if ever there was one in her favourite satin evening gown with the extra special bow on the back which makes her look like a present.
I had a very fine weekend despite the sub-zero whistling wind that came, remarkably enough, straight off the banks of snow that fell in my state. Yes, it snowed here over the weekend! Well, not in my suburb but in the mountains. It was very strange but rather enjoyable to get that last burst of Winter before the heat sets in.
I finally saw Exit Through the Gift Shop (hands up those who possibly suspect Mr. Brain Wash might be Banksy), Iron Man 2 (very nice) and Mesrine (Wowee! Can that Vincent Cassel act or what?). I've also been watching Mad Men season 4 episode by episode via I-tunes. At first I thought it wasn't up to speed and was a little disappointed but I've been seeing it improve again and the episode called 'The Suitcase' was an absolutely incredible bit of TV in my opinion. Can't wait to watch it again this weekend!
Gosh! I haven't blogged for a week and it feels like absolutely forever! I shall endeavour to get back to regular posting this week...
My Shadow Shot is of an iconic ionic column that is out the front of the Art Gallery of NSW. It's made of Sydney Sandstone which I think looks lovely against the blue, blue sky.
Here are some more shots of the entrance to The Art Gallery...
It's a very elaborate ceiling for the entrance arch. The original building (seen here) was completed in 1897. Three more extensions were to follow (1970, 1988 and 2003) but, it's this old part that I like best.
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Shadow Shot Sunday rides again! This is a shot I took of the serpentine roots of a mighty Morton Bay Fig tree. I'm always filled with awe whenever I see a really big old grand one. I think they can live to be quite old. Maybe 100 years old?
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