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John Rawlings


This gorgeous photo is by Condé Nast photographer the late John Rawlings (model: Suzy Parker). Published in 1953, it’s a powerful reminder to me that fashion photography is not subject to laws of “progress” or historical development – apart from the dress and hairstyle depicted, this image could have been made in the 21st century by Paolo Roversi or Javier Vallhonrat. Rather, I suspect that photographers explore their own stylistic regions in a space defined as the set of all possible photographs – a space that neither expands nor contracts, and is always with us from generation to generation.





INRI

The recessed and dramatic crucifixion sculpture in the apse of l’église Saint Roch in Paris. The “INRI” on the sign above the head of Christ stands, of course, for “IESUS NAZARENUS REX IUDAEORUM” (Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews). Acronyms in Latin and especially Greek were important to the early Church as means to communicate spiritual ideas without attracting the unwanted attention of imperial Roman persecutors. For a fascinating discussion of this, visit http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/INRI



Spring dance

Watching a spring showcase of ballet dancing yesterday, I decided to play a bit with long-exposure photography to see what I’d get (plus I was renting a Sony a7R III mirrorless for the occasion, and I was curious to see what it could do). I’m really happy with the result, and particularly like both the rich colour combined with white-clothed legs, and the way the dancers seem to emerge from - or depart into - ghostly smoke on the left.


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