31 July 2014

New Old World




with one image he would make that beauty explode into me. PROUST



I asked world traveller, photographer Miguel Flores -Vianna to gather his favorite instagram photographs for little augury. The photographs he sent are varied-on instagram his followers get to live vicariously through Miguel's schooled eye.
Nothing seems to get past him-at least not the most evocative.  His blog's title -which he's less inclined to update- MFV'S NEW OLD WORLD-seems to have aptly captured his moods, and on instagram, Miguel's my star.


 Miguel's Diaries



I follow other people on instagram too, but rarely post my own photos because I've consciously limited them to my house & garden, nor do I think people are too much interested in what I eat-there's lots of that sort of stuff to be had there. But Miguel's photographs stand out from all the rest quite brilliantly- while yes-he is a noted photographer,there's such joy and consistency to his pictures! Sometimes he adds descriptions-but on instagram it seems less important-so here I've intentionally omitted any descriptions- letting his photographs, along with my selection of quotations move you through-
Proust said, Thanks to art, instead of seeing one world only, our own, we see that world multiply itself and we have at our disposal as many worlds as there are original artists, worlds more different one from the other than those which revolve in infinite space, worlds which, centuries after the extinction of the fire from which their light first emanated, whether it is called Rembrandt or Vermeer, send us still each one its special radiance.”


I've selected my favorites from Miguel's work-while his countless instagram photographs are varied-these are in perfect accord.



The wise man goes back to the origins of ancient time. Honore de Balzac







The seeming simplicity of a masterpiece is sure proof of its grace. Chanel








If one could stretch out a hand into the strip of light that falls on the floor, one could feel its warmth. These watercolors so accurately preserve the taste of that age that you would almost say the doors and windows depicted in them have never been opened since then, and that we breathe the spirit still enclosed there like—the comparison is perhaps overworked, but it is certainly appropriate here—the scent of perfume that lingers in an ancient phial. MARIO PRAZ-The House of Life








The memory is a living thing—it too is in transit, but during its moment all that is remembered joins and lives—the old and the young, the past and the present, the living and the dead. Eudora Welty











The want of logic annoys. Too much logic bores. Life eludes logic, and everything that logic alone constructs remains artificial and forced. Andre Gide






The contemplation of truth and beauty is the proper object for which we were created, which calls forth the most intense desires of the soul, and of which it never tires. William Hazlitt




Miguel's work can be found in Elle Decor, The World of Interiors, Veranda, and at T Magazine. Always he can be found HERE, and on instagram HERE.

 

 

 

 all photographs are from and used with permission by Miguel Flores-Vianna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



29 July 2014

Summer with Edith and Henry




"Summer afternoon — summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language."- Henry James as quoted by Edith Wharton, A Backward Glance (1934)



(photograph by Erwin Blumenfeld)


Today I'd have to agree with Henry, it's quite beautiful here in the typically humid South.




27 July 2014

LOVE


The LOVE cover with Christy Turlington just misses being a modern MATISSE.

Christy Turlington photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin and styled by LOVE UK fashion director Panos Yiapanis. 

If only IT had a room with a view.

 Matisse Interior, Flowers and Parakeets 1924



"There are always flowers for those who want to see them."-Matisse





24 July 2014

the way to Decorate,

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"Keith's spirit is reflected in so much of the house."
"It is truly personal, from the acres of books to the Southern art to Jon's collections of political memorabilia." -designer Courtney Coleman on Keith and Jon Meacham's Nashville home

the Meacham girls & their dog in their Belle Meade home's Entry Hall





read the full story by Julia Reed at Elle Decor here
 Photograph By William Waldron

(links for this story are in bold text)


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