Archive for December, 2007

Good 2008 – to all of you!

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

Whatever else happens in 2008 – and lots of awful stuff will happen – do your best to make a dent in the madness and give meaning to the things that matter by leaving some kind of beautiful legacy by this time next year.

But first – party!

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Wishing you all a productive and successful 2008.

Sam

Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

Here are two images to celebrate the holiday season. To the thousands of loyal blog readers who have steadily pushed up my viewing stats and generously added links from their blogs and sites – thank you! Wishing you all a special celebratory season and a successful 2008.

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Party Season

Saturday, December 8th, 2007

“And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.”
(Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche)

“I cannot write in verse, for I am no poet. I cannot arrange the parts of speech with such art as to produce effects of light and shade, for I am no painter. Even by signs and gestures I cannot express my thoughts and feelings, for I am no dancer. But I can do so by means of sounds, for I am a musician.”
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

“The dancer’s body is simply the luminous manifestation of the soul.”
(Isadora Duncan)

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To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die…
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
(Bible: Ecclesiastes)

This wondrous miracle did Love devise,
For dancing is love’s proper exercise.
(Sir John Davies)

The truest expression of a people is in its dances and its music. Bodies never lie.
(Agnes de Mille)

Dance is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.
(George Bernard Shaw)

Everyone knows that the real business of a ball is either to look out for a wife, to look after a wife, or to look after somebody else’s wife.
(R. S. Surtees)

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New Book – Exploring Fashion

Saturday, December 1st, 2007

Apart from a recent shoot for Harper’s Bazaar, I have battened down the hatches to concentrate on the completion of my new book. A liberal interpretation of the editing theme ‘fashion’, it will chronicle almost five decades of photography exploring fashion and fashion related ideas. My son and grandson have been roped in to help accelerate production. So, there are three generations of Haskins men sitting at the long desk in my office churning through a mountain of archival material and putting in long hours of retouching in Photoshop.

We intend to release teaser images regularly over the coming months. Publication is planned for late summer/fall 2008. We don’t have a title yet but the blog will be the first to know when we do.

Here is an image from my blue series shot in the early 80s in London…

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…and here is the model used in the shot – the wine bottle is of course to indicate scale. The image is an in-camera montage – the model in the hat was produced as a black and white print photographed onto a colour transparency with my Pentax 67 and physically sandwiched onto the shot of the arches.

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