I admit I’m starting to feel a tad guilty about these, “Art Intermission,” posts. In the beginning I originally defined, “Little House Of Haute,” as a fashion blog. However, over the years it’s become painfully clear...to me and my poor readers…thank you again for subjecting yourselves to my pointless blathering…that this blog actually has very little to do with the topic of fashion. In reality I'm a novice regarding this subject and am only an expert in trends that suit my personal taste. Ironically this does not keep me from posting my ensembles all over the Internet. In the future I hope the outfits of, “Little House Of Haute,” won’t appear too cringeworthy. Just in case, I figure the, “Art Intermission,” posts may lend a bit of academic flair to an otherwise pretty juvenile collection of photographs.
In a way the, “Art Intermission,” images I’ve posted so far could still be considered personal style pictures. In fact, each one of these images was originally intended to be regular style shots… “And they would have got away with it too, had it not been for that meddling weather!” Wait…sorry I slipped into, “Scooby Doo,” mode there. However it’s true that I'd planned the outfit in the picture above to be featured in my typical blog post format. Unfortunately, the day I took this picture happened to be quite stormy, which was not at all compatible with the idea of a photo shoot. Again I lament, “Damn meddling weather!”
I guess the reason I have Scooby on the brain is due to the actual image that was created that day. After taking one picture in my garage and then throwing in the towel…before I had to actually go fetch a towel, due to the torrential downpour…I started to notice how very detective...ish my ensemble appeared. Obviously, I took that idea and ran with it until ultimately I'd created the above picture. Upon showing this image to a friend she immediately stated it looked very, “Alfred Hitchcock.” I was thrilled! Leave it to me to think, “Mystery Machine,” when I should aim for, “Vertigo.” Overall I’m quite pleased by how this image turned out. In addition, I believe this altered picture transformed a rather, “Meh,” looking outfit into something a lot more interesting. I see this picture and wonder what mystery I’m trying to solve. Then I suddenly realize the only mystery on my mind that afternoon was how to avoid getting my trench coat soaked while running to the front door of the coffee house.
This whole post really makes me wonder about the relationship between context and clothing. Had I just photographed this outfit in my normal, "ho-hum," manner I would’ve never created a feeling of mystery. However, give this lady an hour on her smartphone with an image and I can transform it into something with a backstory. I guess the true mystery here is whether this story was created by the clothes or the ambiance. Either way, lately these art images occupy more of my attention than my regular glamour shots. I mean, who wants to settle for beauty when you could have baffling?