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{PHOTOBLAST} +LAVARTUS PRODEO+ I wear a mask . . .

We’ve said it time and time again – “Don’t wear a mask, be yourself

There is so much power and pleasure in knowing who you are and literally wearing it on your sleeve, we really wouldn’t have life any other way than just being the real you! That’s why we always promote the joys of individuality, and showcase people who have applied this in their life and style.

But today, we wanted to showcase a strange new trend on the runways that was really epitomized by Moschino’s bondage inspired Pre-Fall/Winter 2018 collection: The Hidden Face!

Yes, indeed! Beautiful models covered in rubber latex so the only thing visible is their eyes and mouth mostly (very a la Season 1 of American Horror Story). For centuries people have seen faces in toast, trees, the moon …now it seems we are aiming to cover the face entirely…take a look at some pics below from the collection:

{see the FULL SHOW from Paris Vogue}

We weren’t too shocked however, because we had already been sourcing some strange style inspirations from the deepest depths of the web of +Larvatus Prode+ (“I wear a mask…”), and thought this would really appeal to our more adventurous readers who love when we explore the dark side of style!

Some cover up for modesty, others for pleasure, and many for secrecy and protection. Whatever the reason, these images truly fascinate us with their strange oddness and beauty.

So, in classic {PHOTOBLAST} fashion, check out this collection of images dedicated to those who present themselves masked…

 

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And remember, we say don’t wear a mask, but if you’re feeling it…

Why the hell not?!

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Until we meet again,

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Styling Orchards, the Band; Plus BONUS {MUSIC MINUTE} “Oh, Sister” by Orchards

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I learned long ago that when someone asks you to pull looks for a vaudeville circus inspired shoot, you do so!

Granted, I’ve never been asked to in this life, but something just tells you to jump at the opportunity when its right. We didn’t even have to question whether or not we wanted to be a part of this when the beautiful, and lovely (don’t forget talented) Jessica Panetta asked if we’d want to work together, and pull some looks to bring to a shoot for the city’s finest up-and-coming folk band, Orchards.

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Orchards comprises of Anthony William Wallace (violin, banjo), Daniel John Taylor (bass, guitar, ukulele), and Gabrielle Sylvane Charron-Merritt (trumpet, guitar) who are all uber-talented, fun, and highly multi-disciplinary artists who dove right into every scenario with gusto and poise.

Couldn’t have done it without my wardrobe partner, Heather English, who had a great eye for colour and detail (heart!) .

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Their music is haunting and eloquent with captivating melodies that evoke lost memories from deep within our collective consciousness. The songs are classic and utterly timeless bringing a modern twist to classic folk sounds. Needless to say, their music was the perfect inspiration for the shoot.

We played off the softness and decadent dishevelling of men and women seen in vintage photographs for the quieter moments, and looked for bold and intriguing colour and graphic combinations to complete the circus vibe.

All in all, I think the look completed is a nod to the past, but is completely reinvented – just like Orchard’s own music, which ultimately is the element we all hoped to showcase.

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Each shot is so great to look back on, as you remember it all happening – when it was moving, and there were sounds, and laughter, and distraction; not with a photograph. These are magic moments here, captured throughout.

Please enjoy the photographs, and definitely dive into the track below entitled “Oh,Sister” by Orchards for a true escape from the everyday . . .

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[ Click to listen to more Orchards at Bandcamp]

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[I told you the past can come back to life!]

We were so lucky to have such a talented team of individuals who all came together in symbiosis to make this vision come to life! Very proud to have been a part of it, and looking forward to what the future has in store . . .

Don’t forget to LIKE ORCHARDS on FACEBOOK, and share with all your friends!

Glad we could catch up!

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{PHOTO-BLAST} Tattooed Sweethearts . . .

19th Century Tattooed Dandy- Vintage Rebel Photograph- Punk History at The Eye of Faith

“So What” it says. “Who cares?”

The reclaiming of the body by man and woman by taking ink to their skin has always been an aspect of any of our cultures. It has always been a “thing”, as one calls it, and it continues to thrive in our culture, becoming more and more popular in all of the world’s hemispheres . . .

For god sake, even young boy bands are appearing covered in tattoos (Harry Styles of “One Direction” most recently)! In fact, even neck tattoos and other extremities that could only have appeared in our grandparents most horrifying nightmares, are becoming more and more the norm, so how cool/crazy is that?

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You can find them all around the world from the streets of Brooklyn to the jungles of Papua New Guinea. The meanings are countless, and the styles evolving everyday. And with technology, and a renewed interest in sanitation, the process has become a lot cleaner, but probably not a bit less painful.

Indeed, we live in times of plenty, so let’s take a moment to look back on some of the more courageous people in the past who were not afraid of trying to make the world and more unique place that embraces our individuality and celebrates it to the highest degree.

Please enjoy this ode to some of the Tattooed Sweethearts who paved the way . . .

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“Show me a man with a tattoo and I’ll show you a man with an interesting past.”

-Jack London

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Until next time,

{theEye}

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AN INTRUDER WILL THINK TWICE

 

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Why must some things never change?

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{PHOTOBLAST} SKULL & BONES SOCIETY

Thout Shalt Not Enter

There’s no denying our obsession with the iconography; the classic skull & bones is an age-old motif that has fascinated and enchanted for centuries. It can mean power, it can mean wealth, it can mean science, it can mean art.

As Hamlet proposes “To be, or not to be”, so we are faced by the grim reminder of our inevitable end every time we see a skeleton or skull, and yet it seems our society is still obsessed. It seems like some sort of riddle. That we can still hold onto the bits and pieces of our ancestors. In a sense, that’s all that is left after thousands of years.

Skull Scare

It can be a tender reminder, but it can also cause a fright! We hate waking up in the middle of the night to see a skeleton, or skeletons, walking around outside your bedroom. We hate seeing them pop out of their graves. We hate when they attack you in the middle of the night when you are away from busy intersections.

So whether we are crippled with fright, or sporting a warning of your vicious vibrations, or just like the look, the skull is about a classic a symbol as ivy or the fleur-de-lis. We love having them in our art, on our clothes, and in the things we watch on screens. Perhaps it’s as simple as the title says. . . we are a Skull & Bones Society!

Get your inspiration on! Skulls and Skeletons can come to life!

Until next time,

{theEye}

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Mr. Sandman Bring Me a Dream … {On the Shore, Summertime Sadness, Vintage Photographs from Yale University}

{Salt Air Pavilion, Salt Lake City, Utah – 1901}

These fantastic Photochromes from the Detroit Photographic Co. were taken from Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, and feature some impressive technique in the art of color.

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{The Sand Man, Atlantic City circa. 1900}

{Fun on the Beach in Atlantic City circa. 1902}

Far before colored film was available, photographers were able to tint their black & white using a complicated process known as the Photochrome process:

A litho stone was coated with a thin layer of purified bitumen dissolved in benzene. A reversed half-tone negative was then pressed against this light-sensitive coating and an exposure in daylight made (taking from 10-30 minutes in summer, to several hours in winter). The bitumen hardened and became resistant to normal solvents in proportion to the light. The coating was then washed in turpentine solutions, removing the unhardened bitumen. It was then retouched in the tonal scale of the chosen color to strengthen or soften the tones as required. Each tint needed a separate stone bearing the appropriate retouched image, and prints were usually produced by at least six, and more commonly from 10 to 15 tint stones.

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The House of Mystery…

{The Cliff House, San Francisco circa. 1899}

So just think how lucky we are today not to have to go through these complicated and painstaking processes. Or maybe, too bad we don’t go through them all today.

The process was immensely popular from the 1890s through to around 1910. It’s undeniable, the images created using the Photochrome process possess a mysteriously affecting and beautiful effect that almost bring these moments right back to life.

The water is just seconds away from rippling to shore…Did you just hear the splash of water? Must be my imagination…

Enjoy the rest of these incredible Photochrome images of summer days now gone.

We found these over at 50Watts who have even more fantastic photographic fantasies from the Detroit Photographic Co. {click here}

Do you have any vintage summer memories to share? Email us at: the.eye.of.faith@gmail.com

We’d love to hear from you!

Sincerely,

{theEye}

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The Rites of Spring

Our last few posts have been harbouring a certain darkness and creepiness (that we of course love), but seeing as Spring has already sprung we thought we’d pay some respect to a most glorious of seasons.

Just as Stravinsky saw a vision of youth, sacrifice, and above-all beauty in his musical megawork The Rite of Spring, we at The Eye of Faith are seeing the beauty of nature and the primitive simplicities of – well, BEING.

The days thus far have been absolutely gorgeous, and no doubt we have the Gods of Spring to thank for that! Let’s just hope we can hold onto his benevolence!

Oh, the joys of youth! Pretty stuff today, but don’t think we have let go of our demons. After all, as Aristophanes said:

“Evil events from evil cause spring”

Persephone awaits!


Until next time,

-The Eye x

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