Sunday, July 19, 2020

VOGUE - Our Common Thread: Creativity During A Time of Crisis

 
The June/July Issue of Vogue features self created images (with commentary) from people in the world of Fashion, Art and Theatre, confined at home during this pandemic. Articles on how people's creative responses are changing the world, include: Creating the Future (Fashion) Still Life (Art), Into the Wings (Theatre), Brave New Trail (Political Strategy - Biden's Virtual Campaign) and more.

On sale now, this issue is an inspiring account of how people are moving forward in a tough time of isolation and subsequent changes in all aspects of our lives. One of the most compelling images for me is of Annie Leibovitz, Photographer and Mother of 3 Teens: "All I'm doing is laundry and cleaning and trying to figure out meals." Everyone does laundry and meal planning, but her photo tells a much bigger story. Love the photo of Billy Porter, Long Island, NY., with his tee shirt featuring Barbra Streisand, singing "When the Sun Comes Out". He looks for joy to inspire his writing for his soon to be published memoir, the reworking of a musical and spending time with his husband. Others, like Lin-Manual Miranda, take photographs of constants in their lives, like the George Washington Bridge and how the traffic has diminished. A two page spread of photos: A Model World, shows models at home with families, at home reading, cooking and working. A black and white photograph by Enri Canaj, Athens, shows a man trying to make a living by selling fruit. There is no colour, and there are no crowds, showing the stark realities of a city slowed and a work life changed. And Artist, Cindy Sherman also has a two page photo of a woman from two perspectives: She says, "I have no idea of what it means." She was recently here, at The Vancouver Art Gallery here. Sherman's work invites you to be somewhere else, like right in her images. Love that way of being transported.

So I would highly recommend this edition of VOGUE because, as Anna Wintour says: I don't think I am alone in wishing for a little bit of hope right now--though one of the few positives of our current time is that one can find it if one is looking for it. She goes on to say that people have rushed in quickly to help and I found, too, that when I asked people to keep me company and tell me what they are doing now, they did. You can read more about what they said on the blog. I started off with what i was reading, here: You can see the 19 interviews completed to date here.


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