Diane Arbus Sundays

Diane Arbus was an American photographer and writer noted for black-and-white square photographs of “deviant and marginal people or of people whose normality seems ugly or surreal”.D

Working with her husband, Diane Arbus started out in advertising and fashion photography. She and Allan became quite a successful team, with photographs appearing in such magazines as Vogue. In the late 1950’s, she began to focus on her own photography. To further her art, Arbus studied with photographer Lisette Model around this time.
Identical Twins, 1967During her wanderings around New York City, Arbus began to pursue taking photographs of people she found. She visited seedy hotels, public parks, a morgue and other various locales. These unusual images had a raw quality, and several of them found their way into the July 1960 issue of Esquire magazine. These photographs proved to be a spring board for future work.
70By the mid-1960s, Diane Arbus had become a well-established photographer, participating in shows at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, among other places. She was known for going to great lengths to get the shots she wanted.
D2While professionally continuing to thrive in the late 1960’s, Arbus had some personal challenges. Her marriage to Allan Arbus ended in 1969, and she later struggled with depression. She committed suicide in her New York City apartment on July 26, 1971. Her work remains a subject of intense interest, and her life was the basis of the 2006 film Fur, starring Nicole Kidman as Arbus.
Diane-Arbus-portrait-w-quote3Source: Biography.com

Ode to Powdered Hair


I know it seems like I should have written about this right away when I saw the first Kevin Murphy hair chalk balls a few years back, and ombre was at its pinnacle peak, but to be quite honest the craze didn’t phase me then as it had while I was trudging down the rainy city street a couple afternoons ago.


I was walking past a salon where I saw a ‘new thing’ maybe not so new for those of you who are on the ball. But to me it started a brain train. So here it is, in the front window of a salon; SPRAY colored hair powder! In every lovely pastel color imaginable! No longer do you need to rub the chalky substance onto your hair, but you now have the luxury of an aerosol can (sorry mother nature). I looked at the picture of the model with an up-do containing many different sections in an array of different pastel colors. She looked pretty. Quite sweet, with a hint of Tavi when she went Grandma grey a few years back, man that girl gets it!


My mind traveled right on back to Marie Antoinette. I know she wasn’t the only one that powdered her hair.  In fact men and women did it for cleanliness concerns, to keep the fleas and the stink at bay. How crazy they were, how silly they all looked with their white grandma/grandpa style hair. Why not just wash it instead of adding piles and piles of powder?!

4Then my brain train traveled to my own life with many rushed early mornings and rushed late nights when there just isn’t quite enough time to get squeaky clean. Just throw on a bit of that dry shampoo, it really does smell much better than grease-ball bedhead and adds some nice volume…. Good god, that seems remarkably similar to this new pastel spray… which seems remarkably similar to the days when it used to be off with their heads!!


I can’t believe it, I slightly chuckled to myself and moved onto the next thought train…. at least we know that putting lead on your face now is completely out of the question. Rococo may still live on but the Elizabethan era is so over.


Loved these powdered hair shots from the Wildfox Lookbook