Kelley Ash photographed by Harper Smith and styled by Corey Madley for the November 2011 issue of Foam Magazine.
This bohemian slash folk inspired editorial has fast become my muse, inspiring and stirring my inner gypsies, tramps and thieves playful soul. It holds a peaceful innocence, a spread with a sultry nature. A delightfully relevant and timeless work of photographic and styling prowess; a setting not far and fitting of a future George R.R Martin series.
Vibrant pops of tasseled hues stir the imagination of a time long passed. Where I like to imagine children playing their version of cops and robbers, or gypsies, tramps and thieves, while the older folk danced under the sun, a dance that took precedence over anything else. Well, perhaps after the daily farmhand chores like feeding the animals and plowing ones land. A glamorous and romanticised take on a time that perhaps was anything but. One of hard work and toil and all unprotected against the brutal elements as shelter was few and far between. This was a time of limited modern convenience, especially that of which we are all now accustomed to. It was a simpler, humbler time and one I frequently ponder on who has it better. Us or them? We with our technology and communication advancement, the kind that is indisputably on another level, yet we are more disconnected than ever. And because of this I can’t help but feel and yearn for simpler times. Growing up and hearing tales of my mother’s upbringing, one akin to the life painted above, how could it not? She worked hard on her families lands, but was always surrounded by love and laughter. She grew up with a bountiful plethora of family and friends, in a small village were everyone knew one another. Celebrations where limited, but when they caroused, they knew how to carouse.
Is less, more? It certainly feels so.
On a side note, I personally wanted to extend a huge thank you to Diana from the blog Double-Ganger for nominating me for the versatile blogger award. You are far too sweet.