The Styley

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March 14, 2013

Streetstyle: Stripes, serenity, and Samanth

Let’s take a minute to talk about the wonderfulness of film. The richness of its color! Its texture! How seeing what you’ve shot after waiting feels a little bit like receiving a surprise gift. So glad Samantha was patient enough to chill while I ordered her around and subjected her to the whims of my handheld lightmeter. Which is on my iPhone, of course. Hi tech and low tech together at last!

Samantha Ford is a design student enrolled at the Delaware College of Art and Design. I liked her striped pants and her blue streaked hair (you know how I feel about stripes). In case you kids want to try her hair at home, get yourself some Enrage and Ion, which is vegan and cream-based, in teal.

I photographed her after she’d just finished up a scavenger hunt for her art history class (I KNOW SO COOL) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They had a bunch of different artworks listed on a piece of paper, and they had to go through the entire museum, find each piece, and write down something meaningful about it. The thing that left the biggest impression on her was the Japanese room: “You walk in and it’s calm and serene and you just want one.”

Serenity—or the lack thereof—is something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. Okay, maybe I haven’t been thinking about it, maybe I’ve just been feeling un-serene and wondering how to achieve a more serene state of being. Currently, building a Japanese room is not in the cards, so I’ve been resorting to cheaper methods of chilling out. Walking is an old standby. It’s calming and it gets the creative juices flowing.

What kinds of things to you do when you need to a rest from your own head?