10 May 2008

the difference between right and wrong is that i'm right, and you're wrong.

I've noticed that I have a decidedly morbid taste in photography. Ethereal, happy photography is all well and good but given the choice I will take darker and maybe even gorier photography. I don't like tasteless perversion unless it's done with self-awareness and humor (hay thar Terry Richardson), but somehow looking at fake smiles makes me more depressed than looking at actually depressed people.

I prefer pictures that would give me chills to find in a derelict house, something that would make me feel like I'm peeking into something warped and beautiful and hidden. Beauty isn't seen in just pretty and delicate things but defective things and mistakes as well. Photography that reflects that is visual chocolate to me.

It's only natural that Wendy Bevan is my newest muse.





Looking at her photography is kind of like looking into a stranger's past. Everything is laid bare, not necessarily happy or sad, it's just there and almost forgotten--until you discover it. Melancholic, and pretty in a harsh way. I think I like it because when I look at my old family photo's, I imagine she'd enjoy them.

One of my favorite photo's of all time is one of my dad's father, in bed with a mannequin. It was evidence he paid for to be made so in court, he could divorce his first wife and marry my grandmother. It was the only way for the divorce to be recognized by the Church. The photograph is long gone now, but the shoddy lighting and the meaning behind it is something I'd like to hope will be ingrained in my mind forever.

20 comments:

JuliAM said...

hey belle! linked you as well. just email me your first/last name and the email address you want me to send the invite to and i'll get it out to you!

Jen (MahaloFashion) said...

You have interesting taste, I have to say these kinds of pictures are alwas far more intriguing.

Amelia said...

I agree about Wendy Bevan. I looked through her portfolio--it's amazing. I love how so many of the pictures really do look like could be from someone's albeit extremely beautiful family photo albums. Looking at them, you feel like you actually have a window into someone's life rather than something artificial or staged. I like that story about your grandfather--I wish my family had more stories like that, especially accompanied with photographic "evidence." Nice post.

FASHIONPICS said...

NICE PICS

hannah said...

i love wendy bavens stuff. gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

you have a really morbid taste in photography, but you're so perky. how does that work?

The Stylish Wanderer said...

I kind of like morbid stuff as well, but I dont really enjoy nudity, even bare backs.

Belle said...

anon: i'm not really perky... more like the evil sarcastic chick in every social circle you hate to love. or love to hate. maybe both. :B

mmm, i don't dislike nudity, but i think leaving something to the imagination is beautiful.

ALI RAE said...

Your photos are so different! I love it

Denise said...

wow i kinda love the first ones.

biancaaa said...

I have three things to say to you
1. In response to your comment...eek, I know, I wear jeans toooooo much....I demand you give me all your frilly frou frou skirts and dresses.

2. I love the photos, I enjoy photos that give me chills too.

3. Correction. I'm right, and you're wrong.

:) Love you

Urban Audrey said...

WOW. THOSE ARE GORGEOUS!!!!

I love dark, creepy photography. I'm sure everyone thinks I have mental problems but whatevs.

oh and I looked at the cedric fellow that you pointed out on my post and you're right--he's totally got this little pouty face on like "look at me aren't I shmexy with my scowl" haha I'm still giggling.

ciao darling!

:)

mary said...

Wow, that little story at the bottom is such a cool piece of family history, it's so inspirational for s hort story.

And yea, for some reason i find pictures with a bit of desparation almost... beautiful? Don't even ask, I simply don't know!

Awesome blog.

Wendy said...

I especially like photos of enchanted ghostly young people, eerie and just lovely.

Glad to be back and the AP exam sucked butt. Once I have time I'll get you that skirt maybe in a couple weeks, near the end of school.

Belle said...

wendy: no problem, take your time! i'm sorry to hear about the sucking of the AP exam but you probably did fine so don't stress.

mary: thanks! i know exactly what you mean, don't worry.

Jen (MahaloFashion) said...

I linked you back, sorry it took me so long!

Charlotte said...

I have never heard about this photographer! it really says something...

pretty face said...

That photo of your grandfather sounds fascinating.

Those photos you posted are all very beautiful.

Belle said...

jen: it's alright, glad you actually did it in the first place xD thanks.

charlotte: really? you can find her on foto_decadent, the polaroids there are what made me discover her.

pretty face: thank you. :)

She's Dressing Up said...

Thats very interesting about your grandfather, and there is something really eerie about all the photography you've shared... but in a good way somehow.