AccessoriesSeptember 3, 2013

Still Life (With Shoes)

While flipping through some of the INSANELY bloated September issues (I’m looking at you, Vogue) I came across an ad that took my breath away.  The Valentino Fall campaign is striking with it’s richly colored and layered “still lives” that are akin to renaissance era paintings seen in a museum.  Juxtaposed with a single garment it is, well…. so much more artistic than so many campaigns we see.

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But something felt so familiar…. I could not help but think “I’ve seen this before…where was it?” And then after jogging my memory I remembered seeing these STUNNING images on photographer Conor Doherty’s site.  I think these would be pure insanity on a huge scale above a sofa.

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And having worked with him before, I can attest to the fact that he is not only immensely talented but incredibly sweet too.  And I know that he can’t help but feel that all to familiar feeling of flattery mixed with anger at seeing your work copied (he shot these years ago…) It’s happened to all of us. I’ve had my entire blog design copied inch by inch never mind lots of room designs.  And I have been on the other side of it too, when given an image of someone else’s work and being told “I want my room to look just like this.” Nothing is more insulting to a creative person than being told to copy someone else.  There is no point in hiring a designer to copy someone, you hire them to translate your wishes into something unique just for you (and just by them).

Being copied means that you’ve done something that resonates so strongly with someone that they want to create it themselves exactly as you did.  So it’s a mixed bag- your work is oddly validated but at the same time cheapened. But as I am constantly reminded, nothing is truly original in this world and we all take inspiration, cues and ideas from one another on a daily basis.  It’s the nature of the creative beast, I think.

But I digress, back to the art of photography.  I am so enamored with large scale photography and desperate to find something stunning for above my sofa, much like Conor’s images above. This pictures just confirm my desire!

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