It may have been cloudy and drizzling rain last week in Los Angeles and thankfully the spring sun is warming us today, but I’m dreaming of summertime. The warmth of the sun in my hair, the glow of my tanned skin, the roar of waves crashing on the sand in constant motion, a light breeze bringing in the salted scent of the ocean…ah summer! In just a few short weeks I will be lounging on the shores of Hawai’i with my love taking in a full week of sunshine and summer dreams. I’m extremely excited as I’ve never been to Hawai’i before…let alone flew over an ocean! (I’ve only ever traveled to Mexico, Canada, and around the US.) I’m finishing up my shopping for my tropical getaway these next two weeks and have become increasingly inspired by Louise Dahl Wolfe‘s photography.
Although the majority of her work is in black and white, she began to integrate color photography into the body of Harper’s Bazaar at a pivotal time in the fashion industry. She is noted for having a very distinct style of photographs: full focus, outdoor settings with natural light, and commonly in exotic locations. (Hawai’i inspirations justified!) Her photographs were featured in Harper’s Bazaar for two full decades (1936 to 1958) and her artistic style defined and shaped the publication’s overall tone for those years and has continued to be held as a high standard in fashion photography perfection to this day. During these two decades she contributed 86 covers well as hundreds of color and many more black-and-white images!
Her talents and hard work helped to inspire and cultivate many iconic photographers that continued to capture the ever evolving scene of fashion. She inspired the talent and works of fellow photographers, artists, and fashion personalities such as Irving Penn (so in love with his work!!!), Cecil Beaton, Carmel Snow, Diana Vreeland, Carson McCullers, and Edith Sitwell.
Can’t wait to lie on the beaches of Hawai’i soon!