Photographer Anne Barlinckhoff boldly photographs women in a way that showcases both their strength and vulnerability all at once. Her solo exhibit, Strength Africa, captures the women and people she met through her travels in West Africa. I interviewed Anne recently for Inspirer.life.
Arthur Elgort's photography is beautiful, timeless and captivating all in one. The legend releases the first comprehensive book of his work, The Big Picture, this month. Filled with photos that span his five-decade career, the coffee-table tome is filled with one iconic image after another. NY Magazine features some of the photos and an interview with Elgort on its fashion blog The Cut. This book is definitely on the top of my bookshelf wish list for the new year.
---“You can take a picture or you can make a picture. I much prefer the latter,” --Arthur Elgort
On the heels of Joan Didion being named the newest face of Celine, now comes the news that another icon steps into the role of model for a fashion brand. Legendary songwriter and singer Joni Mitchell, at 71, was photographed by Saint Laurent's Creative Director Hedi Slimane for the brand's Music Project Campaign. The photographs were shot at Mitchell's home in Bel Air and can be seen here in the latest issue of V Magazine. Here's to more women icons being tapped for more fashion campaigns.
---"People will tell you were they have gone, they'll tell you where to go, but until you get there for yourself you never really know.” --Joni Mitchell
One of my favorite authors of all time, Joan Didion, is making news these days, not for her writing, but for her modeling skills. At 80 years young, she was named the face of the most recent Celine ad campaign. She ever so humbly spoke about the role with The New York Times. Didion also reminded readers that this wasn't her first gig modeling.
I stumbled upon The Year of Magical Thinking several years ago while in search of a book at the library. And I'm glad I did. Through the pages of this book, the author shares her personal, heart-wrenching story of love and loss, the love between husband and wife, mother and daughter, and the overwhelming strength of a woman, wife and mother. This book reminded me just how strong women can be. It also made me want to read everything she had ever written.
Oddly enough my mother, who is my writing and reading muse, discovered this book the same day I did. We both called each other at the same time to discuss the "great book we were reading." We still to this day discuss Joan and her daughter Quintana, and the mystique behind their story.
“Life changes in the instant. The ordinary instant.” -
--Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking
It's a new year, and with that comes resolutions. One of my many resolutions this year was to create my own website (well, it's been my resolution for the past three years actually). But this year I've decided there's no time like the present. So here it is. And here's to doing all the other things I usually put off until tomorrow…
“Never leave till tomorrow that which you can do today.” --Benjamin Franklin