33 Ways to stay creative by Frederik Frede
Hello there, jaysus.. its been a while lads and lassies. I’ve had a very, VERY busy Christmas, eating and drinking EVERYTHING IN SIGHT… I now feel like a big lump, but also very excited to roll into 2012. Yeah!
I came across this list of 33 ways to stay creative and thought I’d share it.. as I think its quirky and fun (I particularly love no 24..) I used to really dislike lists. The idea of sheer, blatant organisation.. written down…. on paper!… in an organised fashion!.. just turned me right off.. ugh! (shudder)
Nevertheless, I must admit I’ve become rather partial to a good, worthy list. I guess lists are, by nature rather changeable.. give or take.. I especially like reading fun, inspirational lists like this one..!
feel free to suggest number 34..
Happy New Year everyone X may it be filled with health, happiness, LOVE.. and lists!… good ones.
Last Sunday I dragged myself out of bed for the screening of ‘Diary’ a documentary on the life of the legendary photographer Corrine Day, shot over ten years by her boyfriend Mark Szaszy. Credited with discovering Kate Moss, the shots she took of the fifteen year old waif, half naked on the beach changed both their lives forever. These shots are beautiful and were revolutionary. You can see Kate Mosses freckles and laughter lines, which was unusual for the time.. this girl is REAL and beautiful!.. Day’s controversial shots taken of Kate looking gaunt in boyish underwear caused out roar. Day was lambasted in the media and accused of glamorizing heroin and promoting paedophilia and anorexia.
I highly recommend watching the documentary as you can hear first hand how she dealt with this. I really felt that she was so frank and honest bout everything, including her own drug use. Honesty is at her core and it’s so incredibly refreshing. It made me cry when she wrote her deceased grandmother’s name in the dew on a window.. you could see that she stopped to really feel that moment and then photographed it.. She was documenting atmosphere.. a feeling.. she was photographing life. She lived it and she never stopped. You just have to love and respect that.
Day is an inspiration, I like that she didn’t give a sh*t.. I mean her photography was daring, gritty, upsetting and often lets be frank, a bit fucked up.. Nonetheless it was real and not airbrushed beyond recognition. She got out of bed one morning looked down and took a snap shot of her period stained knickers.. It made me think about what it’s like to be a woman. It’s good to make people think.. right? even if it’s not very pleasant. Seeing something you didn’t want to see makes you feel something.. whether that be anger or disgust!.. you felt something. I think in the documentary, Day came across as a very clever woman, but at times a total dim wit too, caught up in drugs and excess.. I liked that she appeared to be multifaceted and in a sense debatable.
The intimate shots of friends and drug use were horrendously dark and disturbing and made me feel somewhat guilty for looking, they certainly didn’t glamorize drug use and would turn anyone off that route. Day said herself that, “Photography is getting as close as you can to real life, showing us things we don’t normally see. These are people’s most intimate moments, and sometimes intimacy is sad.”
Notice how I haven’t included the bloody knickers image! I guess I’m not in the mood for anything too real!.. I don’t want to feel sad or disturbed right now but I’m glad I saw these images and I will remember how they made me feel.
I’ll leave it for you to have a look at some more of her work here
Corrine died of cancer last year aged 45. Rest in peace Corrine, no doubt you will be greatly missed x
© CORINNE DAY VIA GIMPEL FILS GALLERY/http://www.corinneday.co.uk
Thought it was about time for a style appreciation posting…
I ♥ Olivia Palermo’s style. She is chic and classy, yet casual and relevant at the same time. Looking equally stylish in a pair of converse or killer heels. I have to admit that I have never watched ‘The City’, but Olivia’s effortless style and on trend looks feature massively in every magazine you pick up. Everything she wears she does in her own way – clothes and trends just look fashionable and right on her. I want her wardrobe! A style icon of today. . .