Some overtly sexual vibes paired with quieter, more intimate moments. I'm obsessed with Nastia Cloutier-Ignatiev's photos- obviously the detail is stunning, but her entire composition of the mouths/body parts are great and I really dig the treatment she gives them in post. She's been having issues with people not crediting her work on sites like Tumblr, Pinterest and Instagram and that is such a freaking bummer. I try hard to find the sources of the images I collect, and it's true, the credits definitely get lost between platforms, but luckily my Instagram Explore section directed me to Nastia cuz DAMN her work is inspiring. Did I mention she's 18? Yeah. K. Cool.
I finished David Lynch's Catching the Big Fish after an artist friend of mine, Julie Ann Martin, recommended it a few months ago. It's a short book and I love the layout of it because it reads almost like prose, but in a genuine way. Lynch doesn't drone on and on, he has concise moments on the page. He speaks on how Transcendentalism Meditation affected him and his art, but the entire text isn't about that- it's just a point that that's what worked for him to be able to tap into a deeper level of consciousness to catch larger ideas. Of course reading it I'm like, "Oh yeah! I will DEF do meditation and change my life and my art and my being"... maybe one day hahaha. It's all a process and I don't know if I'm ready for that right now, but I do have a cool app called Stop, Breathe, & Think that's a great way to check in about how you're mentally and physically feeling and then it suggests different lead meditations to do. I know, very 21st century to have an app about mediation but hey, it's the world we live in.
I cruised through the third season of Bates Motel this week. I sincerely can't remember if I had finished the second season or not, but I didn't feel like I'd missed anything- everyone was still brooding, scheming, lying, or having mental breakdowns. I'm obsessed with Vera Famiga as Norma Louis Bates, she does such a great job balancing so many emotions on and below the surface. The set direction of the Bates House is really stunning too with it's slightly decrepit, yet still livable treatment. I also enjoy that the costuming, props in the home and other details like Norma's car, have a retro nod to them, but the actual show takes place in current day with characters wielding iPhone's like they are going out of style. Here's a cool article I found about the show in general that gives some fun insight about the set and runnings of the show.
I also dug that characters from other shows I watch kind of had secret role revivals in Bates Motel this season. Ryan Hurst, aka Opie from Sons of Anarchy, plays an intense, beard wearing, drug biz related, loner only this time he speaks more-so in fortune cookie one liners. And then my guilty pleasure watching fave Wilson Bethel from Hart of Dixie plays a bar dwelling, womanizing guy, not unlike his Wade Kinsella counterpart. Fun things you notice when you watch a myriad of shows.
Not the imagery you were expecting for the title image with Gooey as the song name? Well I took inspiration this week from the music video for the song. It reminded me a lot of one of my favorite movies Perfume, Story of a Murderer because of the use of a perfume that affects peoples behavior. That movie is seriously amazing- everything from the cinematography, to locations, to costumes, to the sound is insanely gorgeous. How do you portray scent via film? You use textured sounds and visceral imagery apparently, and it fucking works.
Crazy prep week in the studio finishing up items for Lauren (or Bird) Hororwitz's book signings and other Shattered Blue book related events in Northern California that I'll be attending. To see all of the novel related upcoming events go here. I'm leaving today for the trip and can't wait to write about it next week.