Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Influencers – A House Is Not A Home, Bruce Weber

I have always said I am a big Bruce Weber fan. Not as much for his typical A&F work, but for his more personal character studies like his book A House is Not A Home.

The book really woke me up to the idea of how the things that fill your life can say as much about you as you ever could with words.

What he was able to say with a chair, I say with a pocket square.


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  1. Jillian

    September 2, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Interesting, I've never seen this book or heard of it either… is that bad? I feel like I have to read it now though! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Anonymous

    September 2, 2009 at 9:24 am

    Jillian, its a Bruce Webber book not Shakespeare.
    Its ok not to have heard about it…

  3. Anonymous

    September 2, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Yes one invisible twin reveals our real soul ! Sunny

  4. diane

    September 2, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Scott, you really hit on something here. I always warn people about my humble home if they are visiting for the first time. But what I always hear from them is how colorful, warm, and welcoming my house is. There is a lot of love here, and it shows, even if there is not a lot of money.
    God, I really loved this post. :)

  5. Rita

    September 2, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Ahh, I read this book!
    I absolutely adore this kind of photography and this style of his.

    Peaple, buy this book! You will love it!

    greetings from Berlin

  6. Well Done

    September 2, 2009 at 11:07 am


  7. Anonymous

    September 2, 2009 at 11:17 am

    i may be alone in this, but i love the photos Webber recently did for Moncler. i loved that he just had fun with it and did what he wanted to do and what he is known for. the photos of his dogs in Moncler jackets is wonderful.

  8. Anonymous

    September 2, 2009 at 11:40 am

    "What he was able to say with a chair, I say with a pocket square" – a perfectly crystalized point of view, but I still cant' get over my feeling of let down upon entering a fashionable and well presented person's flat and finding it boring and unexpressive. It's like, to me, exposing a dilettante behind a masquerade. It would due for me to remember that some people express themselves with interiors and outfits, some just outfits, and some with neither. – Ben


    September 2, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    I couldn't agree more.

    Being someone that adores all things fashion and finding that I'm always defending its so-called "frivolity," you said it simply, yet perfectly.

    Personal style is just another way of introducing the world to who you are.

    Thank you for stating it ever so eloquently.

  10. Anonymous

    September 2, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Chair, square. So you are into poetry as well. What next?

  11. JustNorman

    September 2, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    not my type but very well his own.
    the blog that no one knows about

  12. little augury

    September 2, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    We all have our vehicles. Yours-You have mastered brilliantly. la

  13. Anonymous

    September 3, 2009 at 4:16 am

    anon @ 11.40 am….couldn't agree more….very insightful…S

  14. Lauren

    September 3, 2009 at 11:49 am

    I wholeheartedly agree. As someone who is very much attached and extremely passionate about her objects, art, and style, I always find it depressing when people dismiss personal style as a silly frivolity!!

    For me, personal style is all about character, getting a glimpse of the person behind the objects. That's what makes it interesting, and a good part of why I like this blog so much- you really capture a sense of the personality behind the people you shoot.

    Great post, well said.

    (A blog about eccentricities, character, and style, mostly in the home.)

  15. chula

    September 3, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    … interesting, Sander was obvious influence but I never though that you have a big influence from Bruce weber in your pictures..
    I always related your work with more classical photo journalist… a kind of fashionist weegee;-)

    Anyway congratulations from the book.. I hope to find some day in hanoi bookstores

  16. Eliana Tomás

    September 3, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    i totally agree that a house is not a home. interior styling and styling (as clothes and accessories) say exactly the same about us, with the difference that the first is more private and the second more public… it's just a matter of scale.

  17. Hollander

    September 4, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Dear sir, blogger, I am extremely
    proud to be in the possession of this , indeed wonderful, book, now that it has this high ranking status. I always wished I could have rooms like the ones they show in this book, with all the bric-a-brac.

  18. Rollergirl

    September 4, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    "What he was able to say with a chair, I say with a pocket square." Perfectly put. I Love Bruce Weber as well – have a fab time at Colette!

  19. yvettemadelaine

    September 6, 2009 at 8:13 am

    I've never heard of this book, but I've often thought about how the objects we choose to surround ourselves with say so much about us. I have a few objects of my dad's that just embody my childhood and him soooo strongly. Thanks for sharing, I will have to have a hunt for this one :)

  20. Life with Kaishon

    September 6, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Wow. That is really something to think about. How the things in our lives speak volumes about us. Wow.

  21. taiaja

    September 8, 2009 at 9:33 am

    …and also the things that are NOT in your life…can tell a great deala about the self…

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