As of late I have been consumed by all things sugar, spice and everything nice. Love hearts, daisies, lace, hand made scrapbooks, perfectly painted nails, bows, rose petals, glitter, flowing fabrics, pastel colours and swirly handwriting have all become sparks of inspiration. I’ve had a wonderful time drawing inspiration from these delightfully girly things amidst finding some exciting blogs and photographers.
The journey began (well let’s just say it began here for time’s sake) when I looked back at an editorial in LOVE Magazine of Sasha Grey from 2007. Something I used as research for my project on The Objectification of Women in Pornography situated in the Creative Digital Practice module. Anyway, back to the editorial.
The photographs possess a dream-like haze, reflecting Grey’s equally as dream-like sultriness. The first image, a two-page spread of Grey lying nude on an embroidery chair, is tinted with a warm golden tone. A colour palette so subtle Grey almost camouflages into her surroundings, all the more enhancing to her mystique. The second image is also drenched in this soft golden tone. Grey stands nude, facing away from the light from a nearby window casting dusty sunrays over her thin-limbed body. The third image, Grey is undressing in a luscious green (assumable) garden as a rainbow casts through the image. The white cotton embroidery knee length shorts, the silk pin-up bra, the sunny yet damp garden reminisced thoughts of when Humbert first sees the ‘fire of his loins’ Lolita. From here my trail of thoughts went wild! But first I had to learn who created these refreshing images. Photographer Jeff Burton.
Jeff Burton’s website showcasing his talent is none less then exciting. As I am somewhat fascinated by the porn industry and those working within it, it was easy for me to become interested in Burton’s work. Porn stars are often Burton’s subjects; a past project about the porn industry and those within it led to his book, ‘Dreamland’ and fuels the sensual sexuality within a lot of his images. Yes, this may sound a bit dirty but Burton’s images are truly beautiful. Tints of luscious green, pale blues, gold and reds fill his portfolio, a different tone taken up in each image. All of Burtons images have a soft romantic focus, such qualities I would love to achieve in my own photography. Burton’s work has made me realise how powerful just a subtle colour tone can really make an image captivating. It got me thinking about light, what colours go well together, films that possess similar tones and ways I can achieve such dreamy photographs.
So there you have it the beginning of my adventure into the realm of dreamy colours and girly objects. That’s my starting point done! The following posts outline all the other things I’ve discovered in my quest for hazy Lolita-esque photographs…enjoy.