Saturday mood//On Digital Imagery


Saturday inspiration: (1) Björk is so beautiful, especially nestled in burnt orange fuzz and glinting tangerine. (2) This Stella McCartney mohair sweater has been featured everywhere this season. The above snap comes from new biannual magazine So it Goes (issue 2). I had a quick flick through this in Porter’s newsagents (the one in Paul St. shopping centre, if you’re Cork-based…) and with pieces on Michael Haneke and Richard Mosse, I was impressed.  But back to the jumper: it’s the perfect luxury item for cold, seasonal days. (3). It’s a blog cliche to feature the Twin Peaks’ darling these days, but Audrey Horne’s wardrobe of plaids, polo-necks, velvet dresses and brogues provides a preppy and pretty approach to autumn/winter dressing. (4) A quirky and colourful mix of patterns and textures via the Fabric Snob, (5) Take note: glossy lipstick-red ankle boots invigorate fluid neutrals.

A lot of the blogs I read feature carefully composed mood boards consisting of ‘inspiration’ images (generally, but not exclusively, fashion-orientated). I have always enjoyed making real paper, glue and scissors collages and that’s why I’m attracted to their digital counterpart. As a proponent of the ‘digi-collage’, I think it’s important that a collage has some sort of overarching theme  – it might not be explicit,  maybe as simple as colours and tones that compliment each other (as above), or as deliberate as pictures of a particular item, but there must be some common tread, unconscious or otherwise, that makes the collage more visually appealing to the viewer. Likewise, this is why I have started making ‘Compilation‘ posts as a means to group and organise similar images and themes together but in a more obvious manner.

I have a sort of love/hate relationship with other online platforms such as Tumblr and Pinterest. Pinterests can be great, particularly for bloggers or researchers looking for specific images of a particular, often esoteric, subject matter. Earlier this year, I used a Pinterest to source images of art involving hair; needless to mention, I was very thankful for this particular Pinterest’s existence. Equally, Tumblrs are a blessing when you want to find a host of often unusual, old and forgotten images, and when done well, there is nothing quite so fun and simultaneously addictive as a trawl through a carefully curated Tumblr. Yet, as irresistible as Tumblrs (and to some extent Pinterests) are, I sometimes find that the random, even arbitrary, nature of the imagery, often leaves me longing for more, ie. text and an explanation. Perhaps it’s just me being pedantic (and that’s likely), but I need to know a tiny bit about the image and what it means to the maker; a sentence or two, a few words, one word even, if it sums it up. While I realise, by and large, Tumblrs are simply image-sharing platforms, a line or two of explanation: who is the image by/of/where did it come from/why it’s important etc. is necessary and so much more substantial within the vast, fast and anonymous www. world.



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