By Poet Edgar Guest
” It takes a heap o’ livin’ in a house t’ make it home,
A heap o’ sun an’ shadder, an’ ye sometimes have t’ roam
Afore ye really ‘preciate the things ye lef’ behind,
An’ hunger fer ’em somehow, with ’em allus on yer mind…”
(Our old home drawn by Curtis, age 5. )
(iPhone 5c image- Martha Browne)
…Richard Avedon’s portrait of Sandra Bennett c. 1980.
Richard Avedon was a noted fashion photographer for Vogue and other magazines. But he also delved into other aspects of photography. In 1979, he and two assistants visited a small town in Texas. At a local gathering, Avedon decided to do a bunch of portraits. So, he set up his Deardorff camera along with a large sheet of seamless white paper taped to an exterior wall. And then waited. Avedon knew what kind of people he wanted to photograph- hardworking people who went under the normal radar. He met and photographed a young boy with a snake skin. This first encounter was the impetus for Avedon to create his unique vision of the American west.
One of my favorites from his book is the image of Sandra Bennett in 1980. I decided to try a few photos of Kayla in a similar pose.
Fashion details- Kayla is wearing vintage overalls and a sleeveless shirt from Gap Kids.
(Top Left Photo- Richard Avedon. Other Photos & Styling- Martha Browne)
…’Girls Standing On Lawns‘ by Maira Kalman And Daniel Handler, 2014.
Maira Kalman and Daniel Handler sifted through MoMA‘s archive of old snapshots and found a lot them had to do with the same theme- girls on lawns waiting for a family member or friend to take their picture. So, they selected some favorites and got busy- Kalman with her illustrations and Handler with his prose to accompany them.
For me… I got busy photographing Kayla sitting on the lawn. :)
Fashion details- Tie-dyed shirt and sneakers with cotton shorts are all model’s own.
(Photo- Martha Browne. Model- Kayla)
#1. Quail eggs with blue ribbon– design skool (top left). #2. Robin eggs speckled with edible gold paint- Honestly Yum (top right). #3. A moss covered wire chicken with eggs- Sweet Paul (bottom).