7 July 2009

Men Of The Cloth

Courtesy of MarioGiacomelli.it

The iconic Pretini photography series by Mario Giacomelli, of clergymen at play in the snow, has always been one that I have found magical. There is a beautiful innocence in those who play in the snow. It is as if all are instantaneously brought back to the childish wonder and glee of first snowfalls. I find it amazing to think that those on the street who would otherwise pass each other by without word, or even acknowledgement, will in the snow, smile and perhaps even trade a happy remark about the snowfall. The incomprehensible power of nature in that moment seems to be able to bring back a sense of camaraderie and friendship, perhaps even stemming from that childhood perception of snow.

I suppose the power of these photographs lies in the fact that they are of clergymen. It is because they are traditionally seen as leading lives of rules and order, that it makes their revelry in the snow all the more poignant. Indeed it even allows for a greater power of universality in the meaning of the images.

These photographs remind me that we should all take the time to have a little fun in our lives. It is of finding and cherishing that childhood wonder and innocence within us, and through it, allowing us to see the world in a more positive way. We seem to place far too little importance on doing the small things that make us, and indeed others, smile. These photographs serve as a constant reminder to us all, to take some time out in order to simply do something that we enjoy.

"I met a bishop today. I'm pretty sure he was an impostor though, he didn't once move diagonally!"

For those of you wondering whether there is a fashion slant to this post (whilst secretly admiring the variety of head wear above), there is actually a relevant purpose to these photographs. Indeed the purpose lies within the latest print of limited edition publication, Nomenus Quarterly. For the latest issue, photographer Erik Madigan Heck drew inspiration from Giacomelli for his photographic survey of the works of Belgian fashion designer, Ann Demeulemeester.

The idea behind the images was for the narrative of the youth, and the desire to return to the romantic and infant world. Indeed, with the use of garments from Demeulemeester's menswear collections, spanning from 1996 to 2009, the concept of the modern romantic was clear. There was a beautiful balance between childhood innocence, romanticism and even vulnerability within the images, which were a fitting tribute to such a talented and skilled designer.

The concept for the shoot in itself was something to be marvelled at, and I find myself in pure admiration of both Demeulemeester and Heck's work. Unlike many other designers, there has always been a visual and conceptual coherence in Demeulemeester's work, which inevitably allowed for this concept to work. Indeed, it is actually an extremely rare occurrence for collection pieces spanning over a decade from a single designer to be able to stand alongside one another and look as if they belong. So much so, that the looks ostensibly could have even come from a singular collection.

Whilst Demeulemeester's work has invariably evolved, managing to remain contemporary and relevant, there is a beauty in the coherence of her concepts. The dark and modern romantic created by Demeulemeester has always been a look that I have been fascinated by, and indeed these photographs manage to create a world I would love to find myself lost in...

Courtesy of nomenus quarterly.

Currently playing: Don't Look Away - Joshua Radin

xxxx

57 comments:

  1. I die for these photos...Amazing...

    XoXO

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  2. I love the first set of photos, they are beautiful :)

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  3. The Giacomelli set is breathtaking! I love the movement in the photos and seeing clergy in another element. Heck's interpretation for Ann Demeulemeester is great as well. It's almost like a new uniform that is fashionable.

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  4. Wow, I am completely in awe with these images: poetic black and white series.. I am in love with it!

    It is the kind of pictures that make you dream and travel just by looking at them and engaging with the fragility and the beauty of the faces and the nature.

    Not too mention my new obsession with menswear, which make them resonate even more to me.. Thanks so much for sharing them. :)

    Fantastic description too, as always. I love to know the story behind an editorial.

    Have a great dapper day! x

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  5. i have a few of these ann d photos saved myself.
    LOL at the diagonal bishop!

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  6. Those first few photos are so eerily beautiful.

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  7. OMG these photos are so good.

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  8. Nice finds, these photographs are full of character, motion and aloofness

    Incidentally, please check your e-mail

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  9. gorgeous photos, love the black and white and the style!! xx

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  10. your writing is incredibly poignant and is beautifully sensible. yes, i would agree-magical would be the word to describe it. i am from the tropics and unfortunately i have not gamboled about in the snow, but that is ultimately one of my life goals:)

    beautiful!

    much love

    eden

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  11. Makes me wish that guys around here took more time to dress in the morning and had more taste. *sigh* Most of the time though it's jeans and silly t-shirts.

    ~F

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  12. WOW!
    inspirational - ideas are coming

    thanks for these

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  13. great photos!! I really like them!

    tnx for making comments on my blog, I'll sure come back here! :)

    box-of-style

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  14. photos are glorious! Love them!

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  15. these photgraphs are very great and special

    i ve never seen the clergy men so thanks for sharing that .

    lol@"I met a bishop today. I'm pretty sure he was an impostor though, he didn't once move diagonally!"

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  16. Great pictures. The worlds that are conjured up in these photos really look like beautiful getaways, "iconic" indeed.

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  17. You have an awesome blog, following.

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  18. I adore these photographs, I've had to save a few on my laptop!
    Also love the picture in your post before this, is it your own?
    Kate ♥
    www.dazedyoungmess.blogspot.com

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  19. i love the juxtaposition of ann demeulemeester and the clergymen! playful and loose, definitely full of movement. the weather is a great conversation piece, one of few things that effects us equally.

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  20. Must say that The Giacomelli set is beautiful! It's wonderful to gaze at clergymen in a more human light that what we are used to.

    xo
    Sophie

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  21. these photos are fanfuckingtastic!!! the first set is my favorite! I LOVE IT!!!

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  22. I do love to play in the snow, I suppose in a way I am thankful for Canada's dreadful winters! These photos are so captivating.
    Oh, DK...LOL on the bishop funny :)
    xx Ela

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  23. Thank you for your lovely comment <3

    All these images are beautiful, thanks for sharing
    xxx

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  24. There is such a nostalgia about it in black and white..and as a force of nature of some kind. Reminds me of a very old post card I saw once of a great Aunt who's boyfriends from Tennesse had sent to her around the great depression. They were a bunch of fellows standing around in their sunday best. I just loved her concept of "boyfriends"..now days that would sound..man, did she get around..but these were basically her cousins that were friends.

    thanks for the notes.

    Sid n Violet & Past the point.

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  25. The photographs are all very lovely.
    I think it is of utmost importance that we all have some sort of time to have fun in whatever sense of the word. Whether we're clergymen or not, letting go and feeling free is what makes us feel more alive than anything.
    These pictures completely captures those moments.
    It's quite beautiful :)

    xo,
    hk

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  26. haha! no, that isn't rude; just unusual. you should give it a shot (haha, pun)! this wheatgrass mullarkey has a delightful aftertaste.

    i always learn the most interesting things from your blog! (: and props for the black and white pics.

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  27. those are beautiful, but what I really love it what you got from it....I love reading your words

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  28. i really like the pictures where they move.

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  29. I really love the movement of the pictures. Very intriguing..and such character in all the photos.

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  30. these photos are utterly fab. INSANE XX

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  31. Beautiful photos! Makes me wish it's snowing outside right now! Adore the black and white photos! xxoxoxo

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  32. The clergymen in the snow is magical. The purity of fresh white snow definitely has the power to transform us all into children again...at least until we fall/get wet, cold and miserable. :)
    Also, I really like these images of people in the cloth as human and innocent as opposed to some of the fashion editorials that depict nuns as sexual objects...those sort of anger me.

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  33. what a beautiful photos!
    yay!
    i can wait for the winter so,
    i could have my pictures taken
    on the snow.lol!

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  34. what a beautiful photos!
    yay!
    i can wait for the winter so,
    i could have my pictures taken
    on the snow.lol!

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  35. These are gorgeous photos. I love when art helps us see something differently than we normally do.

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  36. i love those clergy photos.. it's something so unexpected. haha.

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  37. Now that is dope

    There is something about the clergymen thing that gets me haha =]

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  38. These photos are very powerful.... and I definitely agree that the interest and beauty of them are the unique subjects :)

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  39. This definitely cements my belief that Nomenus Quarterly always has the best stuff. I love all the motion in both sets, but I think what I like most about the first set is how abstracted it is. The background is so blown out that it's just the stark black against complete white.

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  40. you are an amazing writer!! great photos!!

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  41. I love love love the photos. Black and white photos always make me smile, something about them is just so simple and elegant.

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  42. ooh, and I'm getting a little Dead Poet's Society vibe..

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  43. You just reminded me of the Vera Wang Lavendar Label black evening coat I bought last year and have yet to wear!!

    This Winter for sure lol!!

    XOXO

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  44. Both sets of photos are amazing, the first photographer has an amazing gift at being able to capture life.

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  45. Oh wow. The first Heck photo is so gorgeous, I am mesmerised!

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  46. they are very powerful aren't they, i guess the lack of colour helps with this

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  47. I love all those photos. It is neat to see those clergy playing in the snow. It does remind me that life is so short. We need to have fun at times. Sure there are times to be serious, but there are also times to cut loose.

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  48. I had never seen these photos before ~ stunning!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  49. breathtaking photo, cool blog you have :)

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  50. I've never seen that Pretini collection before ....it's fantastic! Almost hypnotic because it's so unexpected!

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  51. I like how the photos tell an underlying story! Very intriguing!

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