I have long been enchanted with any type of fabric that has a sheer surface.
Lace, veils, net and tulle are found in great abundance in my closet
and my art. They seem to be an overt invitation to .. . . take a peek.
If our natural inclination is to seek that which is beneath a surface,
this is a tangible illusion.
We don't have to wonder what's beneath the surface , it's generally
quite visible - but, the message is clearly : Look but don't touch.
A bit of instant mystery.
I was pleased to find that one of the great photo journalists of the 2oth century
also shared my love of this illusory surface. Many veils are to be found
in the beguiling photographs of Alfred Eisenstaedt. These first photos were
done for another great fan of veils, the milliner Lily Dache.
Such a mysterious image .
Does anyone know the story behind this famous veiled lady? I believe this
photo was taken in Paris in the 20's.
Mr. Eisenstaedt even did a series of photos of this questionable man behind a veil.
The Countess Ludovica Gaetani d'Aragona is a girl I can definitely relate to.
She wore a snappy straw veiled boater with giant glam sunglasses at the
Rome Golf Club in 1947.
Love the look. Love the attitude.
Love the layers of surfaces which allow her protection
from being too .. . ... exposed.
For more Surface notes from Theme Thursday,
All photography Alfred Eisenstaedt