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Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Spirit of Style

 I have been thinking a lot about what draws me to photograph certain people. Sometimes it's the way they have fixed their hair or an amazing accessory, or a wonderful smile that catches my eye. More than style, I am trying to capture a sense of vitality and creative spirit in the people I photograph. The other day I was walking uptown when I noticed a woman wearing a large brown coat, black beanie, and a hint of a yellow printed dress. Even from across the street I could tell that the dress had to be vintage and thought that the woman must have been wearing it for years. I decided to approach her and ask if I could take her photograph.
 
Frances was standing with her son, near Lexington Avenue, when I stopped to talk to her. I told her that I appreciated what she was wearing and asked her how she felt about style. She replied, " I don't care about style, I make style. I want to try and look the best I can, depending on the weather and my mood." I asked if she wouldn't mind telling me her age and she smiled and pointed to her son and said, " Guess how old I am if he is 75 years old." She continued by telling me how her doorman is so interested in always talking about her age and that she has grown tired of talking about it. Her new trick is to ask him his age every time she sees him. She then asked me how old I was and when I told her, "31" she laughed and said, "I'll be 103 next month if I make it. My clothes are probably older than you." Frances and I talked and joked for a few minutes and she thanked me for taking her picture and asked me to send a copy to her apartment. Later that day I thought about how witty and full of life Frances was and realized why I was initially drawn to approach her.

45 comments:

Mel said...

What a great story! She looks great! Thank you for approaching her and asking to take her picture. I love your blog; even though I am also 31, I get so much inspiration from these beautiful & lively women. My grandmother never looked her age and loved fashion; I regret not keeping it when I had the chance (I am her same shoe size). My mom is 62 and my dad will be 70 this year, and you would be hard pressed to believe it from either of them. :)

Shelley Zurek -- Still Blonde after all these YEARS said...

You have an amazing eye. Thank you for being the JOY in my inbox!!!

Jude Butterfly said...

Look at that beautiful smile! She is so precious. Good Job Ari!

Jude Butterfly said...

What a beautiful smile she has! she is so precious. Great job, Ari.

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Meribeth said...

You not only have a great eye, Ari, but a huge heart!

Faygie Fellig said...

great post. her vitality jumps out at you! thanx

Faygie Fellig said...

btw, I am 54 years old today! when do i get to be included in your 'blog of beautie'!

Joni said...

I definitely think you are intuitive of the energies that these women give out. I think you can see more then just with your eyes. Because of this the rest of us get to see it too.

June said...

What a strong and georgeous woman she is. Her smile illuminates the day! Ari, thank you for introducing this wonderful woman. Smiles to you

Anonymous said...

frances is gorgeous!

thanks for sharing your encounter with her. i always love hearing about their views on life.

great spirit! it radiates from her eyes and smile!

cheers,
minette

Ana Maria said...

Once again you've brought a smile to my face because of these beautiful ladies you capture so well!

Heidi said...

She is beautiful! Thanks for the cool post.

Designer leather jackets said...

she is realy so precious... look what a beautiful eyes she has i love it

Designer leather jackets said...

she is realy so precious... look what a beautiful eyes she has i love it

Maya said...

Old is gold and the old lady is getting fashion freak

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Meli said...

Love her - 102 years young and full of life and style!

Rosemary said...

The first thing that caught my eye was this woman's beautiful smile. You have such great instincts in choosing people to photograph.

Kris said...

Love her! Great photo and story!

Kris said...

Love her! Great picture and story!

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gowestferalwoman said...

thank you for your artistry - you are our eyes, ears and senses on the streets of fashion!

and yes, you are right; it is the soul that is most compelling for the well dressed...I love France's style.

Alex Walker said...

she really made a great style...best part is you created her style more attractive by your narration...Keep it up!!!

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ALoadofOldTat said...

What a women, she has more oomph than some people half her age.

sweet song said...

I am lilu, i am age 77 years old. thank you sir. your post is nice. but you are talented person.

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straphalariolist said...

Good news. Old people are also beautiful. And they are very fashionable. Congratulations.

Kerri Woodall said...

What a lovely lady.

girl@boroughvintage said...

Frances definitely makes her own style and ironically she is on trend with her beanie and printed dress!!! Great photo Ari!!!

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Kay dancingbrushpainting.blogspot.com said...

Ditto Joni.
Thanks for posting these remarkable Advanced Style folks!

Idiosyncratic Fashionistas said...

Ari, your senses must be getting more finely tuned to pick up the vibrations Frances was sending out into the universe. At 103, she still has a lot to share with us and we have a lot to learn from her. Fabulous post!
Jean & Valerie, The IFs

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Ari. I have only just discovered your blogsite while lying in bed recovering from an illness. I am enjoying it so very much and it has inspired me to get into my closet when I am over this setback. Am already seeing some of my old things in a new way and can't wait to put ideas together and get back out there. Thank you beautiful ladies and gentlemen for bringing spring time onto the streets every day of the year.

Palomasea said...

This is one of the most beautiful posts you have done, dear Ari...
This gorgeous lady is precious, and the joy and vivacity emanates from her eyes and smile...love love love.
Blessings,
- Irina

Hummingbird Girl said...

awww I absolutelly adore You. Dont stop just keep moving forward ! I wish You best of luck - You have my support

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dkzody said...

She is just fantastic. And, she's probably right about the age of her clothes. When you buy good stuff, it lasts.

Jean at www.drossintogold.com said...

This is such a marvelous post, on my birthday no less. But I'm a paltry 60, as opposed to this amazing woman who strong at 103. Inspiring, as always.

umair nazaqat said...

This is really a great story to read. These pictures are very inspiring. These show that age don't effect upon the style. The people who love fashion and styles do not leave it even after getting old or aged. I really impressed with this great story and also share this blog with me friends. I am really appreciating your work. Newcastle wedding photography

Viktoria said...

103! And what an amazing face! Also, she looks so comfortable, and up-to-date.

Susan Graves said...

Oh granny!Young in old age.Amazing.

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שר הטבעות said...

granny granny cool!!!!!

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An elegant woman! Something we can all aspire to1 thank you for such a wonderful blog!

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