Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Vintage Tee

My last post inspired to me create a new blog series.

Insta-Fashion, or Insta-Looks as I’ve decided to name this series. I’ve decided to use items in my own wardrobe mixing photos of the item a la carte along with me wearing them. All photos will be taken and edited in my phone only (due to my computer conundrum) but I’m actually looking forward to it. Self-portraiture is always interesting as a photographer… It was Voltaire who said; “I hate writing, but love having written.” I think photographers feel the same way a lot of the time when it comes to self-portraits. With my intro over, lets get down to it.

The vintage t-shirt.

They are soft, faded and comfortable. The complete opposite of a necktie, however both items can be dressed up or down. The vintage tee is what makes resale-ing worth while. The joy of finding an old faded t-shirt from the 70s, 80s or even the 90s on a trip to the Salvation Army, is something only is thrifty folks know about. Further more, the likely hood of it being made in the USA are high.

Due to the fact that early 90s grunge fashion is on the rise again, the vintage tee can be found in more places besides a resale store. I still prefer my vintage tees to be second hand, faded because they were really loved and not because they were made to look that way.

Pair it with a unbuttoned flannel for a dress down look. I prefer to tuck mine in a bit in the front.

For a more distinguished look, rock it with a tuxedo jacket and a nice pair of flats or boots.

The vintage tee is one of my favorite items in my wardrobe. The ability to be versatile is the spice of life.

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Insta-Looks

The necktie.

A staple in male and female fashion for centuries. The perfect accessory to add a masculine and distinguished look. Male, female, gay or straight. The necktie remains constant.

From sixties skinny to fifties fat ties to bow ties. The necktie makes cleaning up, sexy. However, not just any tie will do… What I’ve found about ties, they are like wine; they are personal.

To this day they remain the topic of conversation between men and women. You can grab them, tie them to the headboard, tie the tie of the man you love around his neck, among all the other (dirty) things they are good for.

All in all, ties are cool.

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The Future

Taking a break from my workflow to acknowledge my birthday. The more I think about the future, the more it becomes clear that this is a time for the snake to shed it’s skin and be renewed.

This is a time for patience, waiting, tending business and getting “my house” in order. I feel it is that time for everyone, however, not just me. There is a restlessness in the air. People are looking for what’s next.

We aren’t so much doers as we are deciders, cause once the decision is clear, the universe supports us on our way.

I find truth in that.

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Up In the Air

Paying some respect to Mark Rothko, my favorite abstract painter. Taken from my window seat when I was flying home from Los Angeles.

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Insta-Fix

After a long hiatus, I refuse to allow the fact that I still don’t have a computer compromise my creativity anymore. Instagram is great, and I plan on making a zine this year of just my Instagram photos, titled either Insta-Fix or Photos for Dummies. Not sure, but both titles will be used at some point. This is going to be my daily log to organize and build my portfolio on Instagram right from my phone!

I am also trying to find better ways to occupy my time besides Facebook. It’s an energy drainer. Paying homage to the Chicagoan series with my first post. Enjoy.

-The Lens Baby

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