Messages of the Erotic Kind

Artist: Edouard Manet | Olympai

Artist: Edouard Manet | Olympai

The titular prostitute in Manet’s Olympia covers her genitals – but the flower in her hair and the bouquet on the left stand in for what she covers.

Artist: Glyn Philpoht | Apres-Midi Tunisien

Artist: Glyn Philpoht | Apres-Midi Tunisien

In the woozy Orientalist fantasy of Guy Philpot’s Après-midi Tunisien, the flowers signal the sexual availability of the two men to each other.

Flowers could symbolize sexual availability for both men and women. I think we need to bring this beautiful yet subtle way of messaging one another into the 21st century. This garden of earthly delights deserves to be revived. -tM

Behind it All

I find it interesting that this particular photographer mostly shoots women from behind, almost in secret and in quiet admiration of their beauty, focusing on the details and curves of a woman’s sensuality and not overtly sexualizing her existence. It’s as if he is highlighting and bringing into focus what it means to be a woman, the mystery and the universality of our sisterhood. -tM

Photography: Bernard Plossu

Notes on the Creative Vocation

“Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.

This most of all: ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write? Dig into yourself for a deep answer. And if this answer rings out in assent, if you meet this solemn question with a strong, simple “I must,” then build your life in accordance with this necessity; your whole life, even into its humblest and most indifferent hour, must become a sign and witness to this impulse. Then come close to Nature. Then, as if no one had ever tried before, try to say what you see and feel and love and lose...

...Describe your sorrows and desires, the thoughts that pass through your mind and your belief in some kind of beauty - describe all these with heartfelt, silent, humble sincerity and, when you express yourself, use the things around you, the images from your dreams, and the objects that you remember. If your everyday life seems poor, don’t blame it; blame yourself; admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet to call forth its riches; because for the creator there is not poverty and no poor, indifferent place. And even if you found yourself in some prison, whose walls let in none of the world’s sounds – wouldn’t you still have your childhood, that jewel beyond all price, that treasure house of memories? Turn your attentions to it. Try to raise up the sunken feelings of this enormous past; your personality will grow stronger, your solitude will expand and become a place where you can live in the twilight, where the noise of other people passes by, far in the distance. And if out of this turning-within, out of this immersion in your own world, poems come, then you will not think of asking anyone whether they are good or not. Nor will you try to interest magazines in these works: for you will see them as your dear natural possession, a piece of your life, a voice from it. A work of art is good if it has arisen out of necessity. That is the only way one can judge it.”
- Rainer Maria Rilke

Always In Vogue

Photography: Paparazzi

Photography: Paparazzi

I think that once you move forward in life with confidence and have a good understanding of self, you can pull almost anything off. Confidence is key to so much in life, and there is nothing more attractive then translating that confidence into style.

David Bowie exhibited that flamboyant confidence in the most voguish of ways on and off stage. -tM