Happy Tuesday! I am experimenting with adding a bi-monthly supplement to this newsletter briefly highlighting whatever has inspired me lately. The criteria for what I'll be sharing is simple. I am constantly looking for inspiration, anywhere and everywhere, consuming an overwhelming amount of visual, written and audio information each day. I’ve always noted whatever cuts through the noise and catches my attention in my personal notes. Now I'll be sharing those notes with you. This will be all over the place — fashion and documentary photography, music, art exhibition, movies, illustrations, quotes and wild cards.
Appropriately, it will be titled, "A Flash of Inspiration"
So, let's dive in!
Israeli artist Yuval Robichekjust released a book of his surreal illustrations that beautifully straddle the line between the romantic and erotic. It is absolutely delightful. I've been following him on Instagram, smiling whenever a new image comes into my feed. Love that I finally have the collection in print. The book is called Promises.
Every time I see fashion images from Rafael Pavarotti, my heart quickens. His dazzling color palette is some kind of wizardry. In the fashion world often saturated with color, he is somehow immediately recognizable. These are his editorials for September's W Magazine.
My philosophy in photography is: Steal from everywhere and everyone and then make it uniquely your own. So, if I were a band, I'd be The Avalanches. The Australian group are the masters of a musical genre aptly titled Plunderphonics — which takes traditional sampling and elevates it to mind-blowing heights. The Avalanches sift through thousands of old records, gathering fragments that are then combined into something entirely different and original, an electronic musical tapestry that's inexplicably both ornate and approachable. The album I have been stuck on for months is We Will Always Love you, exuberant in invention and sparkling with sheer joy. It also features amazing guest vocalists like Blood Orange, Tricky and Pink Siifu.
Laurence Philomene's self-portrait series of their gender transition is another thrilling adventure into a world of dreamlike technicolor. I was instantly seduced when I came up on this image in The New Yorker. Exploring the entire project was even more rewarding. Like Alice, I fell into Laurence's faintly phantasmagorical world where real-life intimacy is heightened by aesthetics.
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This is interesting, if I may call it, experiment of sharing notes. Creativity is triggered, many a times, through unconnected dots and your post is a reminder for me. Thanks for this. I should also mention that your blogs has been very refreshing and …