I love her bangs and how they part a little off center, and how it seems like she's holding her bag effortlessly (when in fact it's being worn like a necklace) and above all, I love the uneven hem with the vintage shoes (that might have even been stolen from a museum) sticking out.
The details on the outfit are spectacular: the brooch, the cape, the bag, mixture of textures. But the most important she beautifuland looks so intense, her eyes are dramatic. Great portrait really inspiring.
I love these styles of coats, we've seen this type before. All white, it probably reverses and can be worn inside out. I also happen to love the white chiffon skirts that are so popular now. Funny, that while the runways are promoting certain looks, ie: color blocking, and so on, the population is going in another direction. White for summer is timeless. And we're still in love with vintage.
This photograph should be in a collection at a museum. Really. Its so powerful, I love the hand peeking out, it almost makes me think of a saint or icon, the grace of her hand. And what an interesting way to wear a purse…rather like an amulet. And that coat! Not to mention her obvious beauty.
The whole thing is breathtaking. Well done, Scott, and pretty girl on Mercer St. :)
This will sound odd, but i would LoVe to see a print of the negative (if negatives ever exist these days). I bet it would translate as perfectly as the positive. Visiting your blog is always a visual treat.
I agree that this lovely photo reminds me of an August Sander. If I remember correctly from that interesting short last year, he is a big influence for you, Sart, no?
One thing that I find interesting is that so many people also found the same angel/ghostly feeling as last weeks photo of Abbey Lee. Happily, this time without the body issues, but is it only because she is wearing something that shows nothing of her body?
lovely, hauntingly beautiful photo. it looks mystical, magical, and like a lot of others said, angelic/almost religious in nature. people underestimate the beauty of black and white photography these days.
this picture is lovely. her outfit looks veryyy vintage, almost as if she was an actress who walked off a broadway period play in her costume from the 1900's (?). someone mentioned haunting, and i'd have to agree that it is hauntingly beautiful, especially in the way her hair falls on her shoulders, the straight on way she was photographed, the look in her eyes, and that hand (ah!) that is peaking out of her cape! Truly amazing!
brilliance. i've never commented on a picture before..not because your pictures aren't fantastic but because nothing has taken my breath away like this picture has. i cannot express in words, so i will not even try. thank you for brightening my day and broadening my horizons to all the beauty in the world.
I have to admit that when I first opened this it scared me a little bit – reminded me of clerics' robes hanging in old churches! On closer inspection, however, the shape of the coat and the contrast between its shade and her skin are lovely! I especially love the button at top.
I have this little feeling I'm being tweaked with the "angelic," "divine," "pure," and "goddess" comments, but in this case I'm happy to be tweaked. Bravo. (and brava, to her) And if the people entering those comments missed the thread with the last all-in-white, long-skirt image, well then, that's even more interesting. What about this mode of self-presentation resonates so uniformly?
Someone* in the previous "In All White" (On the Street…via A. Sciesa, Milan) post brought up whether people would still see a woman in head to toe white, flowy clothing as angelic if she were not white herself. Obviously some do, but there is a difference.
While both were called angels (the first woman more often than the second), another word often used to describe the first woman was ethereal. Meaning delicate, too perfect, otherwordly. The descriptions of this woman's angelic qualities seem much more earthbound. She brings to mind the angel/savior (Florence Nightingale) or angel/Madonna (Mary) or even angel/missionary. Not only is she not too perfect for this world, but she's an angel with work to do.
The textures of their clothes and styles of their clothes, and the way the light hits them might also contribute. (Would simply switching outfits change the responses, too? I don't know how often dark-skinned women are described as ethereal). But, as that commenter suggested, racial characteristics are coded. Comparing these pictures and the responses is a lesson in how we do that.
I feel like in terms of the previous photo of another women in all white the same words are being tossed around. Words like "angelic" "ethereal" and "goddess" proving that the racial connotations some people where implying in the previous post are not present in the way they believed. An interesting fact to point out in your next book Scott.
Interesting that no one seems horrified to read comments on this black woman looking like an angel, when comments on the white woman in white (a few days ago)looking angelic were read as horribly racist.
There's something out of balance here…the cloak seems to dwarf her and warp her proportions. The look is beautiful, yes, but I think I need to see her other hand, otherwise, she is a head, a hand, and a pair of shoes. Very disturbing.
Had to comment, days late I know. But this picture is moving. I have this fascination with altars Catholic, Orthodox, Buddhist, you name it. Anyways, this photo reminds me of the Virgin Mary. It's ghostlike and religious at the same time. Beautiful work!
As far as coded language, the caucasian woman in sheer white was also described as alien/otherworldly/futuristic repeatedly- which used to be reserved for minorities in the US.. I have to say this photo has the feel of an icon, and that did have the feel of an alien. I don’t think its racism.