My husband found this vacant lot in East Hollywood and pointed it out to me. Some local artists had placed painted doors and other objects covered in graffiti amidst the waist-high weeds and broken beer bottles. Because this sort of impromptu art gallery is often short-lived we pulled over and took some photos that afternoon.
Aren’t the photos spectacular? You might be surprised to hear that when my husband first showed them to me I asked if we could go back and take them over. The late afternoon light was harsh and I was critical of how I looked in the photos. Hugo reassured me that he would take care of everything on the computer. He has not let me down yet so I decided to trust his judgement and see what he could make of them.
I’ve noticed a number of people discussing photo retouching and the use of post editing computer software to alter images used in personal style blogs. Many people say they do not use these tools. They want their images to be a true recreation of who they are. Maybe I’m just artsy, but I love what my husband does to his photos of me after he’s taken them. He believes that images are a kind of language, a language that’s now available to everyone with access to a computer and the freedom of the web. He wants to create memorable images and feels strongly that the kind of alterations he does enhances and sometimes creates a whole feeling to the photos that is not evident in real life. Would you ever know from these photos that just a few yards away were four lanes of rush hour traffic and that there were another group of people taking photos in the same spot? It’s the work my husband did to the images after the fact that gives them their saturated colors and creepy, twilight vibe.
I’m wearing my favorite denim jacket over a purple jersey blouse and teal jeans. On my feet are the most unsuitable, impractical shoes I own: purple suede peep-toe platform heels decorated with strips of navy blue suede. It was love at first sight but I still struggle to find ways to wear them. The new black clutch that I’m currently wearing with everything is showing off its removable silver chain shoulder strap.
- Denim Jacket – Tommy Hilfiger
- Blouse – Veronica M
- Necklace – Elizabeth Cole via Gilt.com
- Clutch – purchased at Nordstrom
- Jeans – Mother
- Shoes – Nine West
How do you feel about photo retouching and image enhancement in personal style blogs?