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Fancy Lady Friday!

Today was an improptu FANCY LADY FRIDAY! I got this snazzy little black dress a couple of weeks ago from Savers, and today it busted out of my closet and onto my bod. When I bought it I was all like “oh crap, I don’t have any gold jewellery to work with this”, and then for my birthday, I got a GOLD PINEAPPLE NECKLACE! Oh my god, oh my god you guys.
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This was me. But fatter. And in black. And not anything like this.
Sam and I had a Fancy Lady picnic lunch, and then went in search of a Fancy Lady shoot location. And BOY did we find it!
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The outdoor area of a very fancy hotel in the Melbourne CBD.
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I actually don’t know anything about this dress because the previous owner cut the labels off. But, I would hazard a guess it is a classic from Target (soft t on the end, naturally).
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If you’re pine-ing (see what I did there?) for one of these necklaces, I believe the gifter got it from Lovisa.

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I don’t even know what’s happening here… either mild distaste at the sun reflections, or I momentarily became Mary Mary and the shackles were off my feet so I could dance. 
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I’ve been doing really well at making myself wear lipstick, even when I feel like a clown. 
But it still goes on my teeth a lot. 
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Sam, my lesbian lover. This photo personifies our friendship. 
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Cos I can.
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Too fierce to not include. I feel like a female Frank N Furter. 
Plus, i’m just chillin’ with a Maserati. Yeah, whatevs. 
Sorry about all the photos, we went a little nuts (thanks to Sam <3). Also, as you’ve probably noticed, I have enhanced a couple of these, not because I didn’t think they were pretty as is but because I find it fun and it’s also good practice. And I have photography class on a Friday, so i’m always really inspired to experiment a little with photoshop.
Speaking of which, my photography teacher introduced me to a photographer today, and i’ve been totally jizzing over his work. His name is Joel-Peter Witkin, and he’s an American photographer (born in the 30’s) who creates the most exquisitely bizarre and often macabre scenes. I’m about to show you some of his more palatable stuff, but I WARN YOU: If you look more into his work, you will see some messed up things.

If you like that sort of thing, let’s be friends. But if you’re not, don’t google image search his name, ‘kay? I’m trying to be curteous and all that.

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Harvest, 1984
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Night in a Small Town, 2007
 

Some really interesting things about Witkin:
Apparently his work is so messed up because when he was a child he saw a car accident in which a little girl got decapitated.
A lot of his stuff uses real corpses, so he has to shoot in Mexico where it’s legal.
None of his work is digital, it is all hand manipulated in the negative stage.

 
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Feast of Fools, 1990
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Ars Moriendi, 2007

His work is obviously pretty polarising, and there is always the question of whether it’s moral to use corpses for art. What do you think?

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  • Kobi Jae

    Thank you for your kind comments! I'm so into him now too. There's a documentary about him coming out soon, and you can watch a half hour trailer of it on youtube, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ro55ed2AAak

  • That last photo of you, with all that light – it's freaking awesome.

    And thank you so much for sharing Joel-Peter Witkin's work – absolutely amazing.