13 May 2014

CHRONICLES OF A CLASSICAL HIPSTER

There is something utterly fascinating and intriguing about the past and in particular for me, ancient times. 

It's mostly a sheer fascination over what exactly the world would have looked like; both man made and Mother Nature herself back thousands of years ago. How the people of those days lived life. What they dreamt about or hoped for. Did they yearn for a sea change or were they simply content with being home bodies ruled by dictators and kings. And then there is the architecture and just how exactly it must have stood against the backdrop of a wild and untamed land. How these buildings that took blood, sweat and tears from it's people actually looked and felt to touch. Historians and archeologists always seem to depict works of impossible grandeur so imagine what it would have been like to physically behold such structures. No longer in the ruins of today but once again erected in all their glory before man took to destroying them. And of course the humble homes of both nobleman and commoners, how exactly were their homes used and styled? It was a time were the edge of the encroaching forrest or the shoreline of the sea could have been considered to literally be the ends of the earth for them. I mean was survival really their priority? Did they have the same thought processes as we do, the same pressures in society with body image? Could they have even been a narcissistic bunch? The ancient Romans living in Pompei were known to graffiti public walls with their names and sometimes even depicting what they were doing then and there. The first form of social media perhaps? But it is a habit of ours still to this day, even if we have moved from cubical doors and walls to Facebook and Twitter.

This amazing photographic series by Leo Caillard makes that lost world seem so much more unrestricted to us. Those incredible statues you encounter now in museums of larger than life humans and Gods, of people that once walked on the same earth as ours, have always felt so alien to me. But now, dressed to impress, actually feel like distant relatives. The clever incorporation of some modern day threads gently ease their imposing steadfast stances to something less commanding, vulnerable and dare I say, human even. And then there is their poses itself, which I know at some point or another I've come across one or two of these fine carvings and wondered about their ambitious choice of artificial positions. I mean who the hell actually stands around in such a way? But when you dress them up in 'hipster' ensembles and pieces, these once perceived unnatural mannerisms become ordinary. Normal even. These guys could now easily be someone you pass on the street. Even be seated adjacent to on the bus, or they could even be hanging at your local cafe, waiting in line to be served, just like to rest of us.

-Sxx
via leo caillard
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  1. Oh my gosh Sonia, this post is amazing
    You inspire me every time. I really like the Mother Nature representative.
    Have an awesome day
    Kisses
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  2. Sonia this is awesome! Leo Caillard is genius! I love his vision and interpretation! It definitely takes the hipster look to a whole new comical level lol!

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  3. Wow Sonia, these phtoos are a true masterpiece! He is a genius indeed. To be honest, is the first time I come across to this series and Im so fascinated. As you said well, the artificial positions they got, become natural and modern, the hipster style make them alive!:) Have a good day, kisses! xo

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  4. that is such a fun set of photos! Such a great idea too. I loved it when a few years back people ran around the country knitting little outfits for the statues and landmarks to wear - it really makes you appreciate things from a different perspective :) I just wish I could remember the name of the campaign, I'm sure there was a website and everything.

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    1. Wow I don't remember that, but I think I need to look into it asap! Thanks Mica xx

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  5. This is so much fun and science.Not gonna lie,I got lost at a point reading this post. Kept on reading and starring at those, or should i call it classical ancient photos. These photos are priceless they just out of this world.Kept on asking the same questions like you did.

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    1. Hahaha I did go on a bit Kim! The photos pretty much speak for themselves! xx

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  6. This is awesome I going to do the same with my statue décor at home love it.
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  7. Dear S., thanks for presenting me to Leo Calliard, I didn't know him before. I already have a few pages opened here in my browser - all his work. This is genious! And I completely agree with every single word you wrote down. And may I just say you should publish your own book, cause your writing skillz are out of this world, guuuurl!

    xx
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    1. Yeah his portfolio is pretty impressive and definitely killer! I could spend hours on that site. And awww girl you're soooo sweet. Well that is the ultimate dream G, to be published. One day! xx

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  8. Wow!!!! This is a really amazing post!!!! Compliments!!! Kisses (and thank you for your visit),
    Eni

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  9. Oh how cool is this :-D Very original. Classical and modern coming together, love it.

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  10. Amazing pics, I love your posts Sonia... always original!!!!!
    Kisses from Italy doll!!!

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  11. When status have coloured clothes on, they begin to look too realistic and scary to me! Haha! Am I the only one?!
    Regarding flats! Yes we can't win! Why are they bad for us? I guess we should just go barefoot haha :)

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  12. This is too clever- dudes of antiquity in chambray!

    -Ashley
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  13. I find this project awesome! And amazing that no one has thought of creating this before. Just love it.

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  14. awesome post!!

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  15. Really neat photographs, interesting how the artist connects ancient and contemporary art and expression. Thanks for sharing, cool blog!

    Sarah
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  16. Very original post. Love the photos!
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  17. I am truly in love with these pictures <3 what an awesome talent, I wish I could make sculptures like this :) I am following you on gfc, it would be great if you follow me back :) <3
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  18. Hey these are so amazing...I love these :)
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  19. hahaha this is just the strangest thing! it's amazing how the clothes just change their image completely. I feel like I could now see them in Cotton on or something lol! :)

    Metallic Paws

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    1. My first though was an American Apparel lookbook actually! xx

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  20. Sonia, I'm impressed, that's so creative!! I didn't know this artist and now I want to get more information on his works.
    Kisses
    Oriana

    p.s. I follow you on Instagram ;)

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  21. great post darling!
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    kiss

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  22. Amazing pics, love the style of the photographer!
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  23. love these pics!
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  24. omg this is so strange but really cool! amazing pics XD
    Viky

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  25. great blog sonia, after reading your blog was actually staring those masterpices...your blog always comes up with some interesting findings..good job gurl
    follow you on G+, Gfc & Bloglovin, hope you add me up
    keep in touch

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  26. Love this!!! Leo is a genus! It's so true, as soon as you dress them up so they're wearing something more familiar the poses don't look so strange. Crazy!

    <3, Pamela
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  27. This is seriously awesome!! I love history too! The things people think of! Love it!

    <3 Shannon
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  28. woww!

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  29. I'm a history sort of girl too. It intrigues me. These images however are so odd


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  30. Nice post,kisse.
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  31. I deeply agree with you. Past is essential to go further. I live in Rome and I've seen those ancient sculptures many times, but each time is like the first one.
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    mari
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  32. haha, the photos are really funny and totally hipster!

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  33. hahahaha so funny post!!

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  34. interesting take on some seriously old people

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  35. i remember seeing this some months ago though i can't remember where. it's such an interesting juxtaposition and hmmm why not? sculptures have nice proportions more often than not!

    steph / absolutely-fuzzy.com

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    1. Agreed, prefect proportions at that! Plus they're not rake thin and the clothing still looks wonderful on them. Maybe designers should take a cue from his portfolio and start using classical sculptures for their lookbooks! Hehehe! It's a long shot, but hey, why not! xx

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  36. Oh wow, those are sooo fascinating! Absolutely stunning! I haven't seen anything like it before, such artistic pieces. Dressing iconic statues is such a genius work. :)

    Take care always, love Christine ~ xo
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  37. cool and interesting photos :)

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  38. Dearest Sonia, you have such a way with words. Really it's incredible. And you articulated so well all of the emotions that these statues evoke - as well as seeming a little ridiculous (according to me) :P

    We really do need to rekindle our love affair! I've become so terrible at keeping up with blogs, even my own, but I'm working on it. And a trip to Melbourne is very much on the cards - hopefully sooner rather than later, but I'm also embracing the life of a poor artist (teehee) so we'll see how that goes... In the meantime, yes! You should definitely come to Perth! It would be so much fun to have someone to show around for a week haha. But maybe make it after tax time, when I have a few funds in the bank temporarily to take you out with hahaha.

    Lots of love - stay amazing <3
    Rhi :) xx

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  39. Hahaha, yeah, sure that was the first for of social media for sure!:D I wonder how other people 'liked' their updates.:) And that Jesus with a pack of Marlboro is pretty priceless...

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