Friday, April 11, 2014

Review: See the World Beautiful

See the World Beautiful by Anne Menke,
published by Glitterati Incorporated,
http://glitteratiincorporated.com
 
Today I'd like to tell you about this wonderful book called See the World Beautiful by Anne Menke, published by Glitterati Incorporated, http://glitteratiincorporated.com  with a foreword by designer Tommy Hilfiger. Let me tell you, I adore this book! See the World Beautiful is a beautifully large book of photographs from around the world that measures roughly 11x14 inches in size, which makes for an amazing photographic experience. For me, the sheer size of this extraordinary book lends itself to drawing the reader into a wondrous visual experience. Each picture seems like you're literally looking through this magical window into someone's life. Anne Menke is a truly gifted photographer because her pictures make you feel like you are there looking at these beautiful people. The book is the result of her documenting her travel to various locations while on assignment for magazines such as Vogue, ELLE, Marie Claire, and Condé Nast Traveller.

See the World Beautiful by Anne Menke,
published by Glitterati Incorporated,
http://glitteratiincorporated.com
See the World Beautiful is fashion photographer Anne Menke's collection of beautiful photographs of indigenous cultures and it looks at their particular styles and the influence on fashion. This book is an interesting visual study of the meeting place between culture and fashion. For me it is a full on celebration of life and all the ways that we live on this planet. It's a study of humanity and the universal qualities that we all can relate to in some way as people. The photographer takes us to Peru, Kenya, Brazil, Mongolia, China, Argentina, India, Bolivia, Spain, Canada, and the USA (Alaska, Hawaii, Arizona, and South Dakota).

See the World Beautiful by Anne Menke,
published by Glitterati Incorporated,
http://glitteratiincorporated.com
There are numbers at the beginning of each section of the book which pinpoint the degrees of latitude and longitude and the dates when the pictures were taken. It's a way of assigning a sense of space and time to each section as Anne Menke takes us to another location on the globe. However, there's a beautifully timeless quality to each image and you know that the beauty of each will endure for a long while and will not be affected by the passing of years.

See the World Beautiful by Anne Menke,
published by Glitterati Incorporated,
http://glitteratiincorporated.com




















As I looked through the book, I was enthralled by all of the faces and personal style from around the world. Looking at the smiling faces of children and the storied faces of the adults made me feel a connection that I can't explain. I just saw the beauty and the diversity and the joy that people exhibited as they went about their lives and their ways of being. I don't mean to get too deep, but this book really moved me and I'm so grateful for the experience.
See the World Beautiful by Anne Menke,
published by Glitterati Incorporated,
http://glitteratiincorporated.com

I love what Anne Menke says in the introduction. It sums up her journey in this book for me. She writes:

"Beauty is Happiness, Happiness is Beauty. You can find it anywhere, but it helps to have a good pair of walking shoes and a 35mm lens."
~ Anne Menke

Everywhere Menke pointed her camera there was a vibrant expression of the rich culture of each place and how they adorn themselves. In studying the various pictures, it's clear to see how much these cultures have influenced the styles that go down runways all over the world.



See the World Beautiful by Anne Menke,
published by Glitterati Incorporated,
http://glitteratiincorporated.com
See the World Beautiful is surely a book to be enjoyed over and over whenever one wants to be reminded of the varying beauty of humanity or to simply enjoy some beautiful images. Those who love creativity and expression will also find enjoyment in the pages of this book. See the World Beautiful is the perfect title for this book because you can feel as well as see the beauty of our fellow human beings with the turn of every page. 
See the World Beautiful by Anne Menke,
published by Glitterati Incorporated,
http://glitteratiincorporated.com












See the World Beautiful can be purchased here.







*Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are mine.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Taking a Look at My Pictures


I thought that today I'd share this small photo that I took a while back ... just because. If you've visited me before, you know that I love taking pictures and sometimes they're good and sometimes they're kinda...meh! I don't know what this one is...maybe it's a bit meh, but I guess it doesn't matter...it just is :-)  It's a picture that I took across a field in Avebury. Please click on the picture to enlarge it if you want to get a closer look.

The church is St. James church.

I really like taking pictures in black and white because I love the contrast between the bright white and the varying shades of darkness. Sometimes I think that black and white photographs make things seem more alive.

I have hundreds of pictures of various places around Wiltshire and other places here in England, so I'm going to start sharing more of them here. I hope you'll come back to take a look.

Until next time...

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

One of My Favorite Quotes

 
Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.
 
~ Rabindranath Tagore

Friday, March 28, 2014

Review: The Way We Wore: Black Style Then



The Way We Wore: Black Style Then by Michael McCollom,
published by Glitterati Incorporated, http://glitteratiincorporated.com

 
Author: Michael McCollom
I was recently given a wonderful opportunity to review an amazing book called The Way We Wore: Black Style Then by Michael McCollom, published by Glitterati Incorporated, with a foreword by renowned culturist Geoffrey Holder. Michael McCollom is a designer and professional photographer. He was named by Vogue magazine as a designer to watch in 1990 and has worked with a celebrity clientele which includes Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Julia Roberts.

McCollom's book chronicles African-American fashion and style from the 1940s to more recent times, in a collection of photographs that is a visual feast for the eyes. The book is filled with men, women, and children who are dressed to the nines and the pages are filled with great style moments. There are photographs of  people such as Oprah Winfrey, Iman, Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks, and James Baldwin, among many others, including the author's family and many friends. 

1980, New York City.
Angelo Ellerbee, Publicist






1950, Hal Frederick, Actor
1960s, Riverside Park, NewJersey.
Tom Keetz, Account Executive
I've found that I keep revisiting the book in order to take it all in because there is so much cultural style history presented. I love the way in which the reader is given a slice of many lives as we see brides or fashionable women or young men dressed in their sharpest clothes. We are allowed the opportunity to relive a moment in each person's life as they pose for the camera at different points in their lives. This struck me as a universal experience. Whenever any of us are photographed, it freezes that moment in time and it gives the viewer a chance to look back and get a sense of a moment in our lives. That is why I think that this is such an amazing book, because it celebrates style and it celebrates life.

1969, New York City.
Veronica Jones,
Boutique Owner

The Way We Wore: Black Style Then beautifully chronicles the style contributions of African-Americans and how that style has influenced international fashion culture. There are numerous styles presented in terms of hair, accessories, and clothes of virtually every form. There are servicemen in their uniforms and women in fabulous gowns presented alongside those dressed in their Sunday best or in their prom finery. The reader is also shown people who are just in their regular clothes, which are anything but regular because they are expressing a truly individual style. As I looked at all of these beautiful photographs I couldn't help but think about my own collection of family photographs through the decades. I was reminded of how we're all telling a story of our lives through the pictures that we take and the style that we express to the world. Enjoying this book from cover to cover was a pure joy!

Throughout the book there are descriptions to accompany the various photographs along with quotes from different people of note. The quotes beautifully embellish the pages of the book and add yet another layer of expression.  
May 1960, New York City.
Arlene Hawkins,
Owner of Arlene Hawkins Cosmetics

Michael McCollom has given us a chance to come along with him on this journey through African-American style and culture as he presents a sense of heritage and history with his book. We are transported from earlier in the 20th century into the era of hip hop style influences in the latter part of the century. The innovative African-American style is celebrated throughout this time in history in all of its full glory.


1968, New York City.
Renee Hunter, Entrepreneur
There is an elegance and a beauty to The Way We Wore: Black Style Then and I know that this book will be a favorite for years to come. It is a book that I highly recommend and I am so pleased that I was given the chance to have the experience found in these pages.
 
The Way We Wore: Black Style Then can be purchased here.
 
 
*Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are mine.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Bringing Some Sunlight

 
 
I was looking back at some old photos from last year and this one made me happy. I took this last May and it was a day when the sun was shining after a lot of days of rain. I remember how it made me feel at that time when I saw the sunlight hit the daffodils. It's a grey day today, so looking back at these brings back the sunshine :-)
 
Have a good day wherever you are!