I think this might be my first fashion week-related post, and it’s not fashion-related at all. But I was reading this interview with the Alabama-based menswear designer Billy Reid and he mentioned that the sets for his new collection were inspired by the southern surrealist photographer Clarence John Laughlin, who I’d never heard of but was intrigued by the idea of. And I looked him up online, and sure enough his photos were right up my alley. Old crumbling plantations, black and white creepiness, silent film-style spectres (even though it seems that most of his photographs were taken a bit later, in the 1930s and ’40s), street scenes from Laughlin’s native New Orleans.
I found all these photos by doing random searches online, but I’m trying to get my hands on one of his books. When I went to one of the Atlanta libraries yesterday to track down Ghosts Along The Mississippi I didn’t have any luck, so I might just buy a used copy off of Amazon. I hear that he included rambling descriptions along with his photos and that to a lot of gallery owners they were just too rambling, but I think that will only make me like the photos more. I love a good ramble.