Inspired by London

London is a very inspiring city and a capital of many things such as breakfast, luxury homes, banking, divorce, libel… etc. (more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/shortcuts/2013/mar/10/london-capital-of-world-divorce-breakfast). No wonder, there are millions of beautiful photos of the city on the Internet and you’ve probably seen a lot of them already… but maybe you are not familiar with the graphics and posters inspired by England and its capital city:
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Dreamcatcher in photographs

You’ve probably already seen a dreamcatcher – a handmade object based on a willow hoop filled with a loose net or web and decorated with feathers. It has become a very popular decoration recently and there are many variations of it.
Originally, it was a talisman of some Native American tribes. The members of these tribes used to hang it near the door so that it could capture nightmares and let through only good dreams.
I am not really an expert in this stuff nor am I particularly interested in Native Americans’ traditions… but I do love how the dreamcatchers look in the photos:
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Here are some links if you want to read more about dreamcatchers:
http://www.native-languages.org/dreamcatchers.htm
http://www.nativeamericanvault.com/legend-of-the-dreamcatcher/

by Peter Lindbergh

I have a lot of photos for you today because it’s my favorite photographer we are talking about.

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Peter Lindbergh was born in 1944 in Leszno (currently a Polish city, but at the time it was a German territory). He started working internationally for Vogue in the late 70s. He is the author of the revolutionary American Vogue’s cover from November 1988 (which was also Anna Wintour’s first cover) and the famous cover from January 1990 with Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista,Tatiana Patitz, Christy Turlington and Cindy Crawford:

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He photographed for the most famous magazines: The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Harpers Bazaar, Allure, Rolling Stone, etc. He made portraits of hundreds of models and stars.
He has worked out his own characteristic style by photographing mostly in black and white and drawing inspiration from the early German cinema as well as the Berlin art scene of the 1920s.

But enough talking, once you’ll see his amazing photographs, you will know everything 🙂
First of all, some group photos:

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Portraits of:
Kate Moss
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Christy Turlington
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Milla Jovovich
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Linda Evangelista
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Claudia Schiffer
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Natalia Vodianova
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Carey Mulligan
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Hannah Wahmer
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Helena Bonham Carter
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Jessica Chastain
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Madonna
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Naomi Campbell
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Marion Cotillard
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Robin Wainwright
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Tilda Swinton
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Scarlett Johansson
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Sasha Pivovarova (“The Birds”)
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Coachella style

I was looking forward to Coachella 2013. Of course, I wanted to see some live stream on youtube – it’s a music festival after all. But I also couldn’t wait to see the photos from the event (btw, looking at the number of these photos on the Internet every year, you get the feeling that fashion at Coachella is as important as the line up). Anyway, with this year’s popularity of tribal aztec and floral patterns (which I absolutely adore!), I knew that among all these pictures I will find some really good festival looks. And I was right:

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No better place to feel the spring than a park!

Finally! Spring! And the best way to feel and to celebrate it is to go to the nearest park, lay on the grass and:
a) read a good book
b) listen to your favorite music
c) drink a beer and talk to your friends.
Choose what you like most but don’t stay home on a sunny spring afternoon!

The park I chose today:

Parc du Cinquantenaire, Brussels

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Some other parks that I’ve visited and enjoyed:

Parc de Laeken, Brussels

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Coombe Country Park, Coventry

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Park im. Tadeusza Kościuszki, Katowice

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Park Łazienkowski, Warszawa

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St James’s Park, London

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Hyde Park, London

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And the parks I’d love to visit one day:

Bois de la cambre, Brussels

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Parc Montsouris, Paris
(the one from the “Paris, je t’aime” film!)

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Central Park, NYC

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A beginning or the end?

I don’t really have anything interesting to say or to show you. I also know myself very well and I’m not even trying to convince myself that I will visit this blog regularly or that it will last more than a month. I think it won’t. God, I’ll be really surprised if it does.

The thing is that sometimes I feel the need to do something “to mark my presence”… or maybe it’s just because I feel bad about spending so much time in front of the computer and I need this blog as an excuse? Well, probably the second one is correct.

Anyway, if you’re curious where I got the idea for the name from:

Dear Catastrophe Waitress
Dear Catastrophe Waitress
I’m sorry if you seem to have
the weight of the world over you
I cherish your smile
There’s a word of peace on your lips
Say it, and with tenderness
I’ll cherish you I’ll cherish you

Dear Catastrophe Girlfriend
Dear Catastrophe Girlfriend
I’m sorry if he hits you with a full can of Coke
It’s no joke
Your face is bleeding
You’ll soon be leaving this town
to the clowns who worship
No one but themselves
No one but themselves

I hate feeling this way, oh
I hate feeling this way, ohh
I know that you hate it too, oh
Now that your coffee is growing cold, oh
All of the customers look so old, oh
Honey if I could be so bold

Dear Catastrophe Waitress
Dear Catastrophe Waitress
I’m sorry if the kids hold you in cool disregard
I know it’s hard
Stick to what you know
You’ll blow them all to the wall
When they realise what you’ve been working for
You’ve been working for
what you’ve been working for
what you’ve been working for