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The Leaves Were Full Of Children


While these pictures were taken nearby a pretty rose bush which I also photographed that matches the colors in this dress rather nicely, the print actually reminds me of these infrared photographs of the Congo by Richard Mosse. The series is equal parts stunning and haunting. The infrared film turns lush landscapes into Willy Wonka-esque scenes, but more arresting are the images of armed soldiers lurking amongst the pink-hued leaves and the bare skeletons of destroyed buildings. There's a lot to say about the series and the potential for aesthetically-driven fields to draw attention to neglected issues, but for today the main point was this dress reminded me of Mosse's work. People are always asking what inspires another's wardrobe or style and while I think when putting together an outfit it's mostly "these colors look nice" or something rather straightforward, I do feel that everything we see has the potential to be an inspiration. So while this dress contrasts nicely with my hair and fits comfortably my first attraction came from the print. Not because I saw it and thought "that looks like infrared photographs," but rather Mosse's series left a lingering impression in my mind. Sometimes we are unconscious of the influence, like commercials we see and quickly forget but still end up influencing our buying habits. Other days we can easily pinpoint the source of inspiration and connect the dots from our first sighting to it's ultimate influence on our decisions. Not that everything must be overly analyzed; in the end of the day this merely a pretty dress I enjoy wearing.

Outfit details:
Zara purse
vintage poison ring

14 comments:

Victoria said...

Beautiful dress and shoes. The background is so lovely.

Pueblerina Rose said...

I love the colors! And I love hoy your eyes look on the first photo!

Caitlin Schanaker said...

This dress looks absolutely gorgeous on you.
Not sure if it's the bright pattern, or your hair, the way you styled it or a mixture of it all but this is definitely one of my favorites.

Nikki Williams said...

i adore the floral pattern on this dress. so precious.

xxoo,
nikki

www.dreaminneon.blogspot.com

abbycake said...

I love the way you styled your hair in these pictures. Also, the dress + actual roses + pops of turquoise = fabulous.
xx Abby | a geek tragedy

Sarah said...

Love the bright flowers on that dress!

MarieBayArea said...

That dress and this entire post is outstanding. Going into my faves list. Your blue hair looks so cool this length. Love all of the flowers in these shots too.

Chelsea Elizabeth said...

I looooove the colors in that dress. I feel like this will transition so wonderfully. I also love those cute, fun shoes!

Katarina | DARE 2 WEAR said...

Amazing dress!

DARE 2 WEAR

Vanessa said...

your hair color is looking fantastically blue in these photos! in some photos we don't get the full effect.

Purple Ivy said...

As a lover of all things prints and dress this is right up my alley and my heart just skipped a little beat looking at it. Its just stunnig and looks really great on. The leather jacket creates a good balance between the femininity of the dress. I see what you mean by that congo photo, its such a contrast of the beauty of the setting and what is actually happening there.

xoxo
Ivy
http://www.purrpleivy.com/

garry navil said...

its nice …
nice2design

Jules said...

The print is stunning, and one can't help but notice that the shoes match your hair perfectly!

Heather Hogan said...

I love that you made that connection with the print of the dress and the infrared photography. (Wow, that's a thought-provoking series of photos!) That is totally why I like your blog. I love the way you think and see the world, and the way you share it with us.