Inspired by… Todd Hido

Today I bring you the work of Todd Hido, a San Francisco-based artist whose work has been featured in numerous museums and galleries around the world.  There is a dark, haunting quality to his work that resonates with me. His style and substance remind me of a David Lynch film, where something uncomfortable and darker is just slightly beneath the image’s veneer. Below is a selection of some of my favorites. Be sure to check out his site to view his portfolio in its entirety.

 

Inspired by… Mayan Toledano

Today I’m sharing the work of photographer and designer Mayan Toledano. I discovered her work through an article in Fubiz, which dreamily described her work as, “Tinted with pink and sweetened lights, her shots are both an ode to candor and sensuality and invite us to discover a universe where femininity rhymes with spontaneity.”  Below are a few of my favorites from her Tumblr. Enjoy!

Inspired by… Jamie Beck

I’ve been a long-time fan of the work of Jamie Beck, and have followed her online life, first with (her now defunct blog) From Me To You, and then her latest iteration, Ann Street Studio, which chronicles the work and life her herself and her husband and business partner Kevin Berg.

Coincidences are always a funny thing, and as it should happen, right around the time I noticed she left New York for French countryside, I was plotting my own escape from New York- which involved selling everything I owned and taking a train across the country, from New York to California. I think because of this parallel, I’ve been following her journey closely, in part because of the beauty of her photography, and also as a way to perhaps understand my own escape.

Her personal work has taken a departure since she’s been in France, and I couldn’t be more in love with the result. The work that she’s currently sharing on Instagram seems deeply personal, incredibly artistic, sensual and daring. I’m particularly inspired by the self-portraits she’s been sharing, often in the nude, that are reminiscent of oil paintings from centuries past.

I’m obsessed with this dress (and it’s Mara Hoffman, in case you’re wondering)

The Lost Photo’s of Marilyn Monroe

A week or so ago I stumbled upon this article on The Cut on these previous unseen photos of Marilyn Monroe. These photos were discovered by the wife of photographer Andre de Dienes, who had cast Marilyn for an experimental nude project in 1945. 19-year-old Marilyn never did pose nude, but the images capture a vulnerability not often seen in photos of Monroe. The pho’s were shot on Malibu and Long Island beach trips, and using a car headlight in a Beverly Hills valley to light Monroe’s face, creating a sometimes surreal, and certainly experimental quality. Enjoy! And, if you’re in New York, these images are currently on view at the Steven Kasher Gallery. Enjoy!

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Resources: Unsplash

I’ve been using unsplash for about a year now–whenever I can, and I’m constantly recommending it to people I work with. Unsplash is a stock photography site that is completely FREE. Not only that, the photo’s don’t look like stock photography at all. To me, it’s like looking at someone’s photography portfolio. It has become one of my favorite resources, so I wanted to share it with you all as well. Below I’ve compiled some of my favorites for summer VIBES, (almost here!). Enjoy.

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Inspired by… The September Issue

I guess NYFW is getting to me, because fashion and design seem to be on my mind this week. I stumbled upon this great round-up of The September Issue of Vogue since the very beginning. Not only is the evolution of design fascinating to me, but also the way each cover evolved to be presented. The amount of copy, selling points, etc. Be sure to check out the original post on Vogue.com for dates and descriptions.

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Inspired by… Eric Pickersgill

I came across Eric’s work a few weeks ago via Nubby Twiglet and have been thinking about these photo’s ever since. His series, Removed, takes a look at daily life without our devices. As he describes,

The joining of people to devices has been rapid and unalterable. The application of the personal device in daily life has made tasks take less time. Far away places and people feel closer than ever before. Despite the obvious benefits that these advances in technology have contributed to society, the social and physical implications are slowly revealing themselves. In similar ways that photography transformed the lived experience into the photographable, performable, and reproducible experience, personal devices are shifting behaviors while simultaneously blending into the landscape by taking form as being one with the body. This phantom limb is used as a way of signaling busyness and unapproachability to strangers while existing as an addictive force that promotes the splitting of attention between those who are physically with you and those who are not.

Enjoy!

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