Here are my latest finds and news from fashion, film, photography and beautiful living.
The light. That’s the first thing that strikes me when it comes to Hans Feurer’s photography. It was Africa that was the crucial catalyst for his visual aesthetic and for his understanding of shadow and light. “These 2 years travelling around Africa marked me tremendously in many ways, but also visually, in terms of what I see and how I see things. I found myself in some pretty magical situations. I would see women go out to get water in the early morning light and they had a glow around them. I was awed and started to develop a feeling and understanding for the magic of light and shadow.”
The richness of colours and textures is another one. “Life is colour, I see everything in colour, so 40 years ago I decided to only photograph in colour. [...] I live for the moment, the realness of it. So at some point, years ago, I decided to simplify and eliminate as much as possible out of an image. To have in the picture only the essence of what really matters and leave out all the rest.”
The quotes above appear in the interview with the photographer in The Business of Fashion, one of the most interesting interviews I’ve read recently. There is also a book encasing 175 images of his (who can forget his Kenzo campaigns – photo below?), published in 2013, Hans Feurer, curated by Fabien Baron.
• My film recommendation this week: Empire of the Sun (1987), directed by Steven Spielberg. The film tells the story of Jim’s wartime exploits after he is separated from his family in the pre-Pearl Harbour Shanghai of 1941. The movie is a visual splendor and 13-year-old Christian Bale handles his demanding role, his debut role in fact, amazingly well, at times reminding me of Kolya Burlyayev in Ivan’s Childhood.
• I know everybody is talking about it, but I’d still like to flag this documentary on Joan Didion.
• Inside Chanel: Another beautiful short film about Coco Chanel and her fashion house (I don’t seem to get enough of these, narrated in that hauntingly beautiful voice), The Colours of Chanel.
• On her 50th birthday, Jasmine Le Bon remembers her first shoot in Vogue, photographed by Arthur Elgort and styled by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele.
• Orson Welles’ lost film, The Other Side of the Wind, on which Welles spent the last fifteen years of his life up until his death in 1985 and which has remained unfinished for decades, could be restored and released in time for director’s 100th birth anniversary next May.
• This makes me want to hop in the car and hit the rode. Autumn, when it’s sunny, with its ever-changing leaves and crisp air, is my favourite time of year for road trips.
photos: Hans Feurer | 1-for Muse Magazine, model: Kim Noorda | 2-Kenzo ad campaign 1983, model: Iman