These photos by Miles Aldridge pack a punch. I love them.
all photos featured in this post are by Miles Aldridge and were found here.
About the artist....
Miles Aldridge was born in London in 1964, where he continues to live and work today. He studied at Central St. Martin’s and after graduating worked briefly as an illustrator before finding his way to photography in 1993. He is best known for his images of glamorous but disconcerted women that combine vibrant colour, cinematic narrative, and meticulous attention to detail. His photographs appear regularly in international publications including British Vogue, American Vogue, The Face, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and most notably Vogue Italia, who he has worked closely with throughout his career. There are several books devoted to his work, including Pictures for Photographs (2009) and Other Pictures (2012) as well as I Only Want You to Love Me (2013), an extensive monograph of his photographs and drawings. Earlier this year he was invited to do a temporary installation for Tate Britain and in 2013, Somerset House held a major retrospective of his work.
biographical details mentioned above were found here
As a side note, here are some of my thoughts on color....
I used to wear black all of the time. Constantly -- pretty much every day. As I have gotten older I have started to embrace color and pattern more. Partially because black can be harsh, even though it can be classic, simple, beautiful, and elegant, and partially because it is good to mix things up in life. As I get older (44 at this point -- gulp!), I find flattering colors are so helpful to place near the face, and can brighten and enhance the appearance in a good way. So...I say embrace color as much as you can. Some colors I cannot IMAGINE wearing, but I can still appreciate their beauty and their powerful impact.
My co-workers and I were just discussing our least liked colors. One said purple. The other said salmon. HA! These opinions were give by two straight dudes, so I think that makes sense. I happen to love those colors, but to each his/her own! I said that grey and taupe were my least favorite colors, mostly because they are bland and VERY unflattering against my skin (unless paired with other colors). I'm not trying to give neutrals the cold shoulder -- they certainly have their place. But I think it would be sad to live in a grey or taupe world -- talk about downerville! Then again living in an all lemon yellow world would be rather alarming. So use color as you see fit -- a little here or a little there, or go balls out with it. I find I am too shy to wear some colors and patterns, but sometimes it is fun to decorate with the wilder options. :)
One of my sisters always wears the wrong colors. And the wrong makeup. It is weird. And rather jarring to see her at times. Truth be told, sometimes I am not always sure which colors look best on me. Lately I have been having trouble finding the right lipstick -- I have been trying to branch out and try new colors, and sometimes it backfires. At home I think the exciting new vibrant lipstick color works, but by the time I get in the car or to work I decide it DOESN'T work. UGH. Annoying! But I am certain of the colors that look TERRIBLE on me (GREY!!!! NAVY!!!), and I try to avoid them if at all possible. If you have these same issues, just make note when someone tells you a color looks GOOD on you (as long as they are a trusted source), and incorporate that color as much as possible. :)