Thursday, October 30, 2014

Dream Collector

In the late 1960s photographer Arthur Tress turned his lens to the nightmares of children. From being buried alive to chased by monsters, Tress created surreal photographs of children re-inacting some of their worst dreams. The series is slightly disturbing and quite captivating. It's hard to look away from the images that blur reality and make us remember our own worst nightmares.

The Disclosure Of A Skeleton

I don't wear skeleton clothes year round, but the end of October while exploring an abandoned sleeper train car? Yes, this does seem like an appropriate occasion for a bone-y sweater and tights. It's been awhile since I've been inside this abandoned train car and while the side door was jammed so I had to climb up at a different spot, everything inside is pretty much the same. The rooms are very narrow so it's hard to get pictures of them, but they're mostly tiny chambers with empty bunkbeds and the same fading blue-green walls as the hallway you see in most of these pictures. I think of all the abandoned places I've had the opportunity to explore (mostly by living in close proximity to them!) these train cars are my favorite.

Outfit details:
UO shorts (old, similar)
vintage purse

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

City of Shadows

Photographer Alexey Titarenko specializes in spooky, black and white photography in cities around the world. (Check out his Black and White magic St. Petersburg series for some stunners!) His most appropriate series for the season though is City of Shdaows. A haunting collection of long exposures that turn passing pedestrians into hordes of ghosts. While they remind me of the demons in Supernatural, it is also seems almost like a visual representation of what it is like to suffer from social anxiety in cities...In Titarenko's own words, "the mass of people flowing around the subway station formed a sort of human tide, giving me a sensation of unrealness, of phantasmagoria, These people were like shadows, one would meet in the Underworld. I decided to express that feeling in my work, to convey my personal expressions. I had to find a visual metaphor that would enable the viewer to share my feelings as acutely as possible. That is what prompted me to try a long exposure process."

Girl Scout

I rarely have a reason to wear a costume at Halloween these years--I'm far too old for trick-or-treating and most of my friends have fall themed parties without the costumes. But I do enjoy dressing up and when I saw this vintage girl scout dress hanging in an antique mall I couldn't resist. Most days I'll probably try to play down the girl scout look but since it is the season to "come as you aren't" I decided to play it up a bit. I could use a cute neck tie, but I do think my new purse looks appropriately on theme. I love the little embossed crossed keys and the handy size; it's made to carry your iPad or Nook, but also perfectly holds these binoculars and a map. Now, I need to go earn some merit badges!

"I will do my best 
to be honest and fair, 
friendly and helpful, 
considerate and caring, 
courageous and strong, and 
responsible for what I say and do, 
and to 
respect myself and others, 
respect authority, 
use resources wisely, 
make the world a better place, 
and be a sister to every Girl Scout."
Outfit details:
vintage bow
vintage Girl Scout dress
Seychelles heels (old, similar)
Two Tickets cross body purse
*pictures by Thomas

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Paragraph Loop

*dress by Family Affairs, all accessories by Paragraph Loop
I'm a sucker for stars. These handpainted wooden star earrings and bobby pins courtesy of Paragraph Loop are only the latest addition to my collection. I've already been wearing the dainty earrings loads and although they don't show up in photographs much, they're my favorite pair to wear at the moment (lightweight and subtle they go with everything). Paragraph Loop is filled with delicate hand-painted wooden accessories and the perfect bowls to store them in. You can get circle earrings in nearly any color you want, but I think it's the striped and (mint!) polka dotted bowls that are my favorite items in the shop.

Haunted House

Yeah, so I have no reason to believe this house is haunted, it just looked cool and spooky so we decided to take a few pictures in front of it. It was marked as a historic house in the area although it's been turned into a business now. Before stumbling across this beautiful (and slightly spooky) house, we spent our morning searching for the infamous Beetlejuice house. Although based in Connecticut it was filmed in East Corinth, Vermont. Unfortunately as we learned from locals while wandering around East Corinth, the facade of a house stayed up for a few years but was eventually torn down...We didn't quite do our research on that one.

Outfit details:
UO shorts (old, similar)
old socks
old boots (similar)
vintage purse
*pictures by Thomas

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