Weekend Reading: The Modernist Years

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When I came across this book Imogen Cunningham: The Modernist Years, the images looked so current, I couldn’t believe they were taken in the 1920s. Who knew that her affinity for capturing tropical plants would be trending today. The black and white imagery highlighting the similarities between the curves of a woman’s body and the stripes of a zebra reminded me of how similar we are to animals and reinforced my view of why we should treat animals humanly. Cunningham’s obsession for purity of image and clarity of detail became increasingly important during the 1920s when she took these images. It is clear that she is focused on the subject and nothing else.

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Monday Mood: The City Beautiful

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There is so much going on in the world this week, I thought we should start it with beautiful imagery from Martien Mulder’s new book, “The City Beautiful.” Capturing how light interacts with the architecture in Chandigarh, India – a city designed by Le Corbusier. His Modernist vision transformed the city after the country won it’s independence in 1947. Mulder says “Of course, as a photographer I am always chasing the light, and, in Chandigarh, the light is just a dream.” She dedicates this book to Le Corbusier’s belief that “architecture is the skillful, correct, and magnificent play of volumes assembled in light.” The outcome is awe-inspiring and fills me with wanderlust.

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An excerpt from the book: “We exist by putting one foot in front of the other, drawing our own line through a kind of walking history. If simplicity is a sign of mastery, it is because simplicity allows for the infinite. The only critic is the past, and the only judge is posterity.”

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Continue to explore more images from “The City Beautiful” here.

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Inspired by Claire Cottrell

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I’m currently pulling inspiration for the next DE SMET collection, and I can’t get enough of these images from Claire Cottrell. The shapes, colors, architecture, and nature exist harmoniously together. If you don’t already follow Claire on instagram you should, here and here!

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Get Inspired: Ghirri

Paradise-Backyard--Aldo-Rossi-by-Luigi-Ghirri-desmittenDo you know when you have an image hanging on your physical inspiration board for months because it resonates with something inside you, but you don’t know much more about its origin? Well I’ve had this image (above) hanging in my office for almost a year and didn’t realize it was a photograph taken by Italian photographer, Luigi Ghirri. After exploring his work further, I couldn’t be more impressed. The colors in these images make pastels feel like neutrals. I chose to share this collection of images because it makes me nostalgic about the end of summer…luigi-ghirri-desmitten

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Deborah Turbeville: Fashion Photographer

 Deborah Turbeville, one of the most iconic fashion photographers to this day, passed away last week at the age of 81. Her moody and enchanting photography style changed the course of fashion photography as we know it. It is clear in her images that her focus on beautiful clothing was just as important to her as the atmosphere itself. Here are some of my favorite photos by the late, great Deborah Turbeville.

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