Tuesday, January 11, 2011
The only thing better than a gracious note from a gorgeous client is a gracious note with photos attached. New Orleans-based Jeff Louviere recently emailed me these two pictures of his wife Vanessa wearing my Isabella Wolf-Fang necklace while cavorting with their rescued German shepherds.
The photos were so intriguing that I had to ask for more information. It turns out that Jeff and Vanessa are fine-art photographers, working as a team under the name Louviere + Vanessa. Jeff describes their work as “taking cues from ‘vintage’ processes and using modern technology to take it further.” Kind of like my antique-inspired jewelry, right?
Next, they “printed directly onto leaves using only sunlight and the process of photosynthesis.”
Jeff and Vanessa do experimental super 8mm films as well and this is where they really get me. Just like I have an urge to do strangely complicated things, like turn pendants into whistling lockets, Jeff and Vanessa decided to turn a film into a photo. Jeff explains:
“We shot a picture, gridded it out and cut it into 3,550 individual stills and shot each one on one frame of super 8. We had the film developed and transfered to DVD so it could be seen as a movie, then we cut the physical film strips in one-foot sections and build custom LED lightboxes for them.”
Here’s one from that series. It was shot in the catacombs of Paris with an “old plastic medium-format camera.” The dimmer switch on top is made of copper wire and … a human finger bone. (Jeff notes, “We did NOT steal the bone! We got it legally.” Phew!)
When they’re not having fun with finger bones, Jeff and Vanessa like to play with their German shepherds. They currently have two. One of those has turned out to be part wolf, so the Isabella Wolf-Fang necklace was a highly appropriate gift choice. “I think it’s the mixture of super-goofy and regal that draws us to shepherds — same thing that drew me to Vanessa,” says Jeff.
All photos in this post were provided by Louviere + Vanessa, of course. Click any of them to get to the website.