My Inspiration for November 2017

30 Nov

In November I continued to be enamoured by Laura Makabresku’s wonderful photographs, but I also couldn’t resist David Hamilton. Well, I can’t resist anything that is dreamy and takes me to another world. Even though I wasn’t particularly interested in photography before, this month I discovered two photographers whose pictures perfectly capture my aesthetic at the moment: Nishe and Natalia Drepina. I finally watched the film Frida (2002) and I thought it was wonderful. I’ve been inspired by Paul Gauguin’s reveries of tropical paradise in vibrant colours and nude beauties, Katherine Mansfield’s letters and Anais Nin’s Journal or Love: Incest. At long last, I got my hands on Bret Easton Ellis’s Less Than Zero which reveals the shallowness of Los Angeles society in the 1980s: a bunch of rich kids doing nothing. Nihilism and narcissism in full swing. I also developed a fascination with white lace lingerie, I love looking at pictures of girls wearing it. So romantic and Edwardian! November is a sea of melancholy; visiting graveyards, walking in moonlight and tending to my herbarium whilst listening to Tindersticks and Nick Cave is pretty much the only thing I did to keep my head above the water. Seeing the old grey tombstones covered in amber coloured leaves, the church tower protruding through the pinkish mist that descends earlier and earlier; that is the most exquisite thing November has given me.

Can you hear December knocking quietly on the door? She is a maiden full of promises, dressed in red velvet, she walks gracefully and smells like pines, her breath is cold snow.

Photo by Laura Makabresku

Source: here.

Picture by Nishe

Sunset in Wales, Photo found here.

Nothing is pure anymore but solitude. by Jessie Martinin


The sight of Chopin’s grave today, 1st of November, All Saint’s Day.

Originally posted by the official account of Père-Lachaise on Instagram. (source)

8 Responses to “My Inspiration for November 2017”

  1. Lautreamont 2nd Dec 2017 at 5:45 pm #

    Crepuscular reveries in graveyards now is it. One of my favourite pastimes too.I was jabbering away with one of Syd’s mates today – reminded me of you.Best A.


  2. Ben Montgomery 30th Dec 2017 at 9:50 am #

    You have great taste in art.


  3. sylvanoak 3rd Dec 2018 at 12:18 am #

    Yet another beautifully rich post.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Burne-Jones fan 23rd Feb 2021 at 12:36 pm #

    Some wonderful dreamlike visions! So nice to see a pen-and-ink drawing by Jessie M King. She was the most visionary painter of the Scottish Symbolist movement. Her artwork creates a magical kingdom unique to herself. Jessie was a true free spirit, dividing her time between Glasgow and Paris and dressing like a figure from one of her own paintings.

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