Well Dressed

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Man Ray, The Prayer, 1930

The meeting of the hands, buttocks, and feet invite the viewer to take the time to take a new look at nudity.

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Saul Leiter, In My Room, circa 1950-1960

Sensual in its ability to tell the story of women in everyday life. Saul Leiter shot a series of nudes, of friends, lovers, and other women in his life which resulted in spontaneous snapshots with subdued eroticism.

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Lucien Clergue, Nude Woman Swimming, 1973

She swims in light. The photography is clean, fresh, and modern.

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Nobuyoshi Araki, Untitled, 2008

Interested in taboo themes, of eroticism, sex, and voyeurism, the bound and naked girls pay homage to Kinbaku the Japanese art of bondage.

Ordinary Life

Photography: Stanley Kurbrick | New York, 1948

Photography: Stanley Kurbrick | New York, 1948

Before Stanley Kubrick was a famous director, he was a youthful unknown observing the world around him through a photographic lens.

This particular photograph is a reminder that there have always been people young and old who have been bold enough to live life the way it suited them. -tM

Tight Squeeze

Album Cover: Yeah Yeah Yeah’s

Album Cover: Yeah Yeah Yeah’s

What article of clothing are you willing to wear like a second skin if any?

Like everything in life, it is all about balance isn’t it? If you wear one article that is tight, then then other must be a little forgiving, at least that’s how it goes in my mathematical fashion equation.

Leather pants, or denim are my tight squeeze preference, much to my mothers disappointment, as she believes that I am getting to old for such fashion exploits.

I understand her perspective but I think that everything can be made to work with the right amount of give and take when it comes to the tightness of squeeze.

Where do you draw that line? And does the age factor play into those decisions? -tM

The Urban Pastoral

Photography: Franco Fontana, 1987 | Bologna, Italy

Photography: Franco Fontana, 1987 | Bologna, Italy

I get lost in the light, the shape, the implied movement, frozen, yet incredibly fluid. I have never had pool photography feel like a pastoral painting; calm, relaxed, and expansive.

Compact in frame, its reach is almost mythical. The prophetic powers of the elusive pool mermaids, enticing us to come closer and live with them, if only momentarily, beneath the urban sea. -tM

Looking Forward S/S19

I have always loved Bottega Veneta, from bags to clothes, however, I find this years, S/S 2019 campaign particularly inspiring. The creative team does such a great job at highlighting both the strength, femininity, and duality of the woman the brand itself designs for.

It is art in motion; fresh, casual, honest, and incredibly sexy. -tM

p.s. can we also take a moment in adoration to appreciate that python directors chair. Also, the choice in chair and its staging has not been lost on me. Again, brilliant campaign.

Water and Persian Rugs

The Water and Persian Rug series by self taught photographer Jalal Sepehr is an interesting sequence of photographs that merges both the traditional and contemporary way of life and being.

Of his series, Water and Persian Rugs (2004), Jalal Sepehr says ‘I take unexpected environments to create new moments, contrasts and diversity – the rugs float and dance.’ 

There is always something beautiful about the unanticipated. I believe it inspires and calls on all of us to think outside of the box. -tM