March 21, 2011

Old people can be so sweet.

One of my reasons for blogging is to endlessly quote Clueless. You would think it might get old, but it just doesn't. I also have a serious problem with titles and being absolutely terrible at coming up with them.

Moving on. I came across these images and was immediately struck by the style. To me, they evoke street style photography, personal style blogs, Advanced Style, and a number of current trends all at once. And yet they are quite clearly much more than those things (my thinking just shows that I've spent too much time in an internet bubble). I was actually surprised that the writer at the blog where I first saw these, We Find Wildness, said they found the images "difficult at first."

These are all photos by Katy Grannan, and were shot in Los Angeles or San Francisco.

The harsh lighting against an anonymous wall reminds me of Brook&Lyn outfit posts.The red lips, long black sheer dress, and big ring and fur all stuck me as so "blogger." But the obscured face means I can't see what this woman really looks like, just the clothing through which she presents herself to the camera (to the world?).

Bright color blocking. So Jil Sander.

Big armhole tank + sideboob. Beard with colored tips (next level).

This one is my favorite. She's very Prada/Miu Miu with the printed button-up, allover white, and that swan bag... 

I'm sure none of these were considered "street style" photography, but the lines are very much blurred for me because these people all have so much style. Don't try to tell me orange beard wasn't going for a "look." If these are supposed to be ordinary or overlooked people, or people who fall outside the mainstream norms seen in the "media," I wonder what that media means and to what extent style blogs are part of it. 

There are elements of each of these people's appearance that set them apart from the polished, wealthy ladies and gents on Advanced Style. (Is that what makes this art? What makes them "authentic" subjects?) But to me these are just people who still work it, regardless of their social status. As someone who will never ascend to Iris Apfel heights and have my clothing shown at the MET, I often wonder what I, and this generation of kids, will look like in old age.

These people (all people) haves stories. I look at their pictures and can't help but imagine what those stories are. So often I see an image of a person with "style" and the story I imagine sort of depresses me. But with these images I'm full of interest. I imagine the lady in fuchsia drawing on her mole, doing her eyeliner, and I want to know more about her. It might sound, like, really fucking corny, but I feel like her face holds so many of the mysteries and secrets of life that I don't ever want to stop thinking about.


chuck n. said...

i find there's something missing in "my" generation. with this undeniable longing to be the most original, stylish and whatever-the-hell-else, i feel like we're losing the unique elements that render each of us different. we all want to look "bizarre" in the name of non-conformity when, in the end, we're doing the complete opposite. blogging obviously didn't help.

i wish i could've delved more into that subject in my blogging article in ALOOF (you know, my magazine).

again, you guys have a great blog.
really fucking corny, i know.

Ann said...

all i can say about #3: nip. slip.

Anna Galkina said...

You're never corny! I have read a lot of your blog (over the last couple of days- at work, eek!) and I have never encountered any corn.

also, I really appreciate the clueless titles, I watched that film every single day before going to school when I was 13-15, so I can never have enough!

great post though, I think that older people deserve to be in the limelight, but not in a token way, just because they have great style, like everyone else!


s said...

i'm so enthralled by your blog...