Visual storytelling

Some random images from Pinterest for your inspiration. I’m sorry I can’t make a collage out of them because that would be violating copyright laws. Although I promise I would do a very tasteful job… Found this incredible art director lady who makes beautiful work, her name is Caitlin van Horn. She writes that she found visual storytelling the most life-giving and the older i get the more visual sensitive I become. For me the most loveliest of unions is a written story with a beautiful image. You can think of your own story with these ones below. Happy weekend everyone! {1. gunn kristin monson / 2. tumblr   / 3. beatrice jansen}

Photography: Annie Marie Musselman

Sometimes you see a book that really makes an impression. That happened to me in Frankfurt when I saw this beautiful book with photo’s by Annie Marie Musselman by Kehrer Verlag. The book is called Finding Trust and features photo’s taken at the Sarvey Wildlife Center of different animals that were rescued by the center. They suffered a trauma of some sort and needed to literally find trust again in life. The book really shows the vulnerability of animals and their innate innocence. I think humans have a responsibility to care for them, since we are the stronger species, but unfortunately we rather take advantage of our position. There seems to be no room in our self-made environment for wildlife anymore and we see fit to expose them to horrible pain and death. Of course this is devastating and it needs to stop. There is so much we can learn by looking at nature. About innocence and unconditional love and how we are all ONE. Photographer Annie Marie Musselman started this project seven years ago and while documenting their lives she was also involved with helping the patients. In turn they helped heal her from the grief of her parents […]

Kate Edwards

Just a few days to go for MTBA! I’m so excited! Some of my interior design hero’s are speaking (Tricia Guild for instance) and I am very much looking forward to an inspiring day with all of my fellow bloggers (who already feel like friends). Last year I didn’t know what to expect and was very pleasantly surprised by the level of workshops and lectures. The following day we can all attend the Woonbeurs and I’m also looking forward to that! {photo’s by Kate Edwards}

Photography: Peter Hoffman

Every year around this time things are hectic. Really hectic. I try my best to stay sane and to enjoy the ride while riding the roller coaster, but sometimes it’s difficult. Inspiring things help. These are the times I love my blog most because it feels like a tiny breathing space thats all mine.  Peter Hoffman made these photographs in a series he called the Fox River Derivates. He shows what happens when you set fire to a negative. Beautiful isn’t it?

Photography: Billy & Hells

I am a sucker for nice covers and sometimes even buy a book or magazine just for it’s amazing cover. I know that it works that way (at least for me) so in my work I always try to make the most appealing covers possible (you know, with deadlines, budgets, different opinions etc.). When I saw the latest GUP I just had to buy it because of the beautiful photo on the cover by Billy & Hells. They make pretty amazing work, very painteresque and reminiscent of the old masters. { All photo’s copyright Billy & Hells – 1. Laura en profil / 2. 1979 / 3. Luca }

Poetry: Mary Oliver – You do not have to be good

“You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body  love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting – over and over announcing your place in the family of things.”  ― Mary Oliver {1. hannah lemholt / 2.model : lina lindholm | hair & mua jossi madsen | © hannah lemholt / honeypieLivingetc.

Magazine madness #5: LULA

I guess Lula magazine stands out as one of my favorite magazines to swoon by. It’s really a homage to girls, their tenderness and innocence and of course their beauty. It’s a pastel dream filled with beautiful photo’s. Besides that they have a keen eye for typography and their lay-out design is the best. For the latest issue Damon Heath photographed the cover story (they always make three covers to choose from), he has a particular style and eye for photographing the Lula girl so he is one of their regular photographers. I think he especially nailed the Lula aesthetic in the shoot with Hannah Holman, a beautiful American model. Here are some of them. In another post I will pay attention to the actual magazine itself, but I just had to feature these beautiful shots. {Hannah Holman photographed by Damon Heath for Lula / Chanel – Emporio Armani / Miu Miu }

In memoriam: Gisèle d’Ailly van Waterschoot van der Gracht

This week the colorful Gisèle d’Ailly van Waterschoot van der Gracht died at the respectable age of 100. She led a fascinating, creative life and she reminded me a little of my grandmother. Like my grandmother she was an artist and like my grandmother she was an eccentric person who never fell ill and was youthful and playful up to the end. On one of my favorite sites Freunde von Freunden she was interviewed in november of 2012 when she just turned 100, it’s really a nice interview with beautiful photo’s by Jordi Huisman. Cees van Ede made a documentary about her some years ago that you can find here. I don’t think she had any children or any next of kin and since I heard the news of her death I keep wondering what will happen with her legacy, her beautiful house and work. I somehow miss her although I never knew her. {All photo’s by Jordi Huisman except the first found on Pinterest }

Yago Partal: Zoo portraits

I found these by Yago Partal and they really made me smile. Aren’t they just exactly like people? We’re still waiting for some sunshine here… I do hope summer starts soon!

Photography: David Stephenson

When I was in college we had a course about the concept of the sublime which has made a lasting impression on me and so I was immediately drawn to these photo’s by David Stephenson. His meditation on the sublime has really influenced his artistic practice and his photographs of the sublime ceilings of European sacred architecture have been published in two monographs: Visions of Heaven: The Dome in European Architecture (2005) and Heavenly Vaults: From Romanesque to Gothic in European Architecture (2009, and showcased worldwide in many exhibitions. They are truly sublime. “In aesthetics, the sublime (from the Latin sublīmis) is the quality of greatness, whether physical, moral, intellectual, metaphysical, aesthetic, spiritual or artistic. The term especially refers to a greatness beyond all possibility of calculation, measurement or imitation.” {1.Sala de las Dos Hermanas, Alhambra, Granada, Spain, 2003 / 2.Chapter House, York Minster, York, England, 2006 / 3. ?? / 4. Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza, Rome, Italy, 1997}