Thursday, November 4, 2010

Instead Of Magazine Spreads...

Okay, you need the beginning of the sentence for it to make sense...

Elle always makes art instead of magazine spreads. 

These are my three favorite shots of Jessica from the spread. This is one of the best photo art spreads I've seen of Jessica in a while. I don't understand what some editors or stylists think when they usually pile on the mascara, lipstick, concealer, foundation, blush, eyeliner, etc.—I scream, "It's Jessica!" It's a rarity, but she's much too beautiful, far more beautiful than any mascara, lipstick, concealer, foundation, blush, eyeliner, etc. could ever attempt to make her. Makeup only distracts the eye, fiction in the disguise of reality. This shoot shows how less is obviously more on Jessica. She's looks ethereal in these shots, natural like an Autumn leaf cascading to the ground.

Can't wait for the December issue to come out so I can read the interview. Reading interviews is absolutely one of my favorite pastimes...uh, diversion (hate that word pastime). Yeah, diversion from reality. My choice are the ones written like short stories, brief glimpses into someone's life—someone who I would (most likely) never meet off the pages of a magazine. I like those seasoned writers who can with descriptive words and embellished language make a swift and sometimes superficial fifteen-minute rendezvous last for hours. I like those writers who can make me feel like I was a fly hovering over the tape recorder while the interviewee got fed dozens of unanswerable questions, when I can close the magazine and feel like I know her...or him.


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