As much as I love this new world of fashion design study (although, I am particularly selective about it), I still love photography, I'm obsessed with anything Apple, I stroke my scrapbook papers, a fawn over fabric, I drool over pattern, I can't get enough of ProMarkers and I love novelties and extended uses of somethings that may have been designed for one thing. To be honest, i am into waaaaaaaaaay too much and I wish I had the time to focus my all into one thing at a time. But I'm swayed here and there and tugged by work in one direction and losing sight of other things making it all exciting and excruciating in one hug mix.
I blog/web hop from site to site to site taking in cool graphic and contemporary art right down to pretty pretties. I don't feel I am drawn to one particular style; just design, colour and pattern as a whole. Maybe it would be easier if I did feel drawn to just one sector but I just cant! Its the Aquarius in me......we were born to love it all. However, one thing has really caught my attention this past week and I can't stop obsessing over it. As you may, or may not know, I read the Daily mail online everyday - maybe 5 or 6 times. I avoid the political crap and skirt around the celeb shite at the best of times and focus on the issues going on in the world. The devastation in Japan for one has had me reading all I can and in turn breaking my heart. But that's not what I want to talk about.
I came across an article of an auction that took place in the US, not so long back, where one strange bidder won a lot of negatives having NO idea what lay within them. And when he processed just a handful of them, he discovered some of the most wonderful street photography circa 1950's. But what is more striking is that the photographer was a woman. A woman in an age where men ruled the lens and a woman who had a fabulous talent for exposure and composure combined. Her eye for principles are stunning - I am very inspired but also very enviable of this underrated, undiscovered treasure that is Vivian Maier. The saddest thing about this discovery is that the guy who bought the 30,000 or so negatives went to research who she was only to find that a few days into his googling, he saw an obituary dedicated to her passing the week before. Irony never was more cold.
Here are a few of my fave images (image source here)
They take my breath away, truly they do.
And here is a self portrait, of Vivian
I wanted to finish with this one, last thing. Tonight I saw this video on a friends wall on Facebook. I have seen enough horrors to last me a lifetime on Sky news this week from japan but this? THIS? Oh my, I despair. I truly and honestly despair over it and its going to haunt me forever. NB: If you are NOT an animal lover, you wont "get " it but woe betide if you are. Its utterly heartbreaking.
Glad to read this, in relation: UPDATE: CNN and the UK Telegraph have both reported that the dogs have been rescued since the footage aired, and are both receiving veterinary care; the more seriously wounded dog is at a clinic in the city of Mito, while the protective spaniel-type dog is receiving care at a shelter in the same town.