When it's over, goodbye is weighted with finality. I think there has always been love and so therefore I think there has always been it's contrast, heartbreak. So it would make sense that artists have found inspiration in both. Today I share my own creative therapy coupled with some of my favorite lost love songs. I've even made a Playlist for those of you with spotify. It's a collaborative playlist for those that want to add your favorite break up songs.
In my adulthood I have become enthralled by the late 1950s, early 1960s. I love the fashion, furniture and architecture of that period. It's all very visually appealing, beautiful in fact. To me it's a pretty picture to cover up a time of great political and social turmoil. Creatively I like that idea. A bright, colorful image with a heavy idea behind it. Something you can look over and find hidden meaning.
Mad Men was definitely an inspiration visually and the novel, The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe, helped build the storyline. In the novel, women were entering the workforce and moving away from the expectation that a woman's place was at home caring for her family. In each image I strived to have the couple moving in opposite directions. Two people being pulled down different paths.
I took the majority of these images in a friend's home that was frozen in time. I was very lucky he gave me and a crew a couple of days in his home to stage these images (Thank you Barry! Thank you!). I did not bring in any furniture, only props to help build the scene. Do not delay when you have a perfect location! This home has been sold and modernized. I'm sure it's gorgeous but when you walked through these doors before the sale it was a time machine and having access to something so authentic was priceless.
Now if some of you expect me to go into personal details I'm sorry to disappoint. There is a lot of personal experiences in these but they are not literal interpretations of my relationship. That's one of the beautiful things about art. You can draw inspiration from numerous relationships, experiences and ideas to create and release some of your demons.
Later on I created a second part to this series using the playfulness of Dick and Jane books. You can see those images in my 1960s section.
Thank you to all the talented creative minds that helped make this one happen!