Monday, January 31, 2011

Inspiration: Marilyn

photo Eve Arnold 1955

I am currently in the midst of finding new inspiration and motivation for many things, and always like to hear how others find theirs. The other day I was pleasantly surprised to hear from talented UK based photographer Carly Rodgers sharing with me a recent shoot she did that was inspired by the Marilyn Monroe photo above.

She was moved to recreate a timeless, sensual and vintage feel, similar to Marilyn's languid pose. I think these photos are brilliant and definitely capture strength and vulnerability, just like Marilyn. It is important to note that true inspiration is an artist's interpretation of another art form. To be inspired and not copy is hard to do! Carly took elements from Marilyn's photo and made it her own. To see more of her vintage inspired photos look here!

photos Carly Rodgers 2011

photo Janine Walker 2011

Thank you Carly! xo

Monday, January 17, 2011

Book Giveaway Winner

The winner of the Sal Mineo biography giveaway is

John from Memphis, TN

Thank you to all who entered!! x

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Book Giveaway: Sal Mineo

I have another wonderful book giveaway! I was sent a copy of Michael Gregg Michaud's biography Sal Mineo from the lovely people at Broadway Books/Random House. They have also donated a copy to one lucky winner!

Sal Mineo was the biggest thing in Hollywood during the late 1950's and had a huge teen following after the success of Rebel Without A Cause. I found his life to be quite a roller coaster ride and often troublesome. Dealing with an overbearing mother who doubled as his manager as well as struggling to assert himself as an artist~ a real actor and not a teeny bopper idol. Threaded through all of this was his dynamic personal and sexual life. Most arrows point to bisexual, yet I think that he leaned one way but as a people pleaser keep all doors open. So much controlled chaos that led to a senseless tragedy. I enjoyed the detailed film discussions as well as his upbeat look on life. I hope everyone gets a chance to check out this biography!

If you would like to enter, please EMAIL me your name and address. One winner will be drawn at random by my trusty assistant (who ever is standing near me at the time) The deadline is Mon. Jan. 17th 12noon EST.

*PLEASE NOTE* This drawing is open to US residents only! The publisher will be sending the book directly to the winner. I am sorry to everyone outside the USA :( xo

Much thanks to Jennifer!!