Silver Lining

I have always been really inspired by editorial fashion content. Since starting my blog, I have especially yearned to create this location-based fashion rich content from my own point of view, but until recently I had always felt I had to be a real “model” with a certain body type or specific look to do this. But I have been thinking a lot about the fact that fashion at the end of the day is made for real people with a variety of body types and points of view to live their lives in and express themselves with. I don’t have to be a model to create imagery that is fashion based and that can inspire others. I have always dabbled in this a but with my work events at the museum, but I have set out on this new focus slowly; starting with my last blog post where my friend Bronson and I created some amazing work at the Salk Institute. Last week I tried my second shoot with a new photographer friend JP Casiano at an East Village park that I have always found interesting.

Fault Line Park is names as such as it is built on a shallow fault line and the space is designed specifically to echo this fact. A sidewalk that cuts diagonally through it traces the line of the earthquake fault zone running below. There’s an interactive public art installation on either side of the sidewalk that monitors the earth’s movement below and emanates a singing sound from their connection to the earth’s vibrations. I have always loved when science meets art and this pair of silver orbs is both gorgeous and interesting. I chose an all-silver look to complement the art and kick-off my coat obsession for the upcoming fall season. I hope you enjoy!

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All photos by JP Casiano

Trench Coat: Gryphon New York

Earrings: Mother of Pearl Diane by Kendra Scott

Dare to Dream

Last week I was able to cross off an item from my bucket list by doing a photo shoot at the Salk Institute. This mid-century marvel is the brainchild of Jonas Salk with the bold architecture of Louis Kahn making it not only a revolutionary place for science and research, but a pilgrimage site for architecture and design lovers. The historic campus of the Salk Institute has long been one of those iconic San Diego sites that you may have seen captured somewhere on social media, but not known exactly where this magical place might be.  Something about its raw materials and reverent stare toward the sea is reminiscent of an ancient Greek temple of the gods. Salk’s vision for the institute was to “dare to make dreams into reality.” Stepping into the space, it is obvious this was a place meant to harmonize with nature in order to inspire the mind towards great discovery.

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Because it is a functioning laboratory and research center with a lot of student activity, access to the site is strict and is allowed only between certain hours. My talented friend Bronson and I were lucky enough to be granted permission for a low key shoot in the public space. Both of us had dreamed of creating imagery here for a long while and we took full advantage of our time.

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Although the central plaza and the iconic river of life are the most well known, we were both equally inspired by the harmony and flow of the stairways and flanking cavernous hallways.

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We had a break in our summer heat and got an atypical cloudy day for the time of year. Initially bummed about this, my mind was quickly changed when I saw how this enhanced the already gorgeous light play in the space by diffusing it in a really magical way.

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It was really hard to pull ourselves away from the space. As the sun set, we kept seeing the space evolve with the changing light. We were oh so grateful for the time we had and it was such a blast. I’m so thankful to Bronson for always being willing to create art with me. I found it profound to be creating imagery in a space where cures are created and life is saved on a daily basis.

~SG

All photos by Bronson Pate of Bauman Photographers

 

Outfit Details:

Dress: Halter Dress with Fringe by Zara
Earrings: Lotus Statement Earrings by Kendra Scott