Tuesday, July 24, 2012 10:48:20 AM America/Los_Angeles
The other day, while working on an upcoming project involving patterns and textures, we stumbled across the work of Fernand Fonssagrives. Generally our inspiration comes from further afield (fashion, nature, Higgs bosons), but this case, the subject matter was quite closely related to our work.
Fonssagrives was a popular fashion photographer whose work was featured throughout the 40’s and 50’s in the likes of Town and Country, Harper's Bazaar and Vogue. He found his inspiration close to home – his muse was none other than his wife, noted model Lisa Fonssagrives, who later remarried (and served as muse) to a different highly accomplished photographer, Irving Penn. Let’s just say, she has a type.
As we’re always playing with the intersection of geometric and organic forms in our own work, we appreciate how Fonssagrives basic projection of a flat pattern comes to life when mapped onto the body. In the case of this particular image, it’s the acceleration and then attenuation of the simple circle that brings the contours to life and tells us when we’ve reached the extremity of the body.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page for a series of related photographs by Fonssagrives. While you’re at it, let us know if you’ve come across any particularly arresting images of late – you never know, you might be able to spot your contribution to our next product.
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