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Thursday, 20 June 2013

Fuck Art

You can express yourself musically by banging a guitar against a rock if you prefer, if that’s the best way to use it to express yourself. It’s so narrow to talk about creatively expressing yourself “musically” or through “dance” or “art” or “poetry” or whatever. As soon as you do that, you start to judge the end product according to how good an example it is of “a song”, “a painting”, “a poem” or whatever instead of how good it is at creatively expressing the artist.

If you want to express yourself photographically, you can take a selfie on your phone, print it at Boots and edit it with Magic Markers if the end result expresses how you feel. Someone else might see it and get it because they feel the same way. Or maybe they won’t. It doesn't really matter. Whether or not it’s Art is debatable but it’s undeniably creative self-expression. Banging a guitar against rock or taking selfies on a phone is creativity happening and anyone can do it. Pushing “Art” out of the equation and just expressing yourself however you feel like doing it democratises creativity. It’s not restricted to an elite group of people called Artists. Anyone can do it.

Friday, 14 June 2013

Anita De Bauch caught red-handed with Perou

It's been nearly a week since I blogged! If you haven't been tracking my movements on Facebook/ Twitter/ Tumblr...

The highlight of my week was definitely shooting with world-famous fashion photographer Perou, one of my favourite and most inspirational photographers of all time! It's been a dream of mine to work with him for years. Perou shoots hundreds of celebrities, supermodels, actors, and rockstars, and this week he shot me at his studio in London :)

You can read Perou's thoughts about our shoot in his blog :) Here's a teaser; more to follow!

Mmmmmmmm, blooooooooooooooood! :p

Got a good party weekend lined up- after my shoot tomorrow, I'm seeing The Bug at Koko in London, and have been invited to Perou's Clownface party in Mayfair to start Men's Fashion Week on Sunday. I think it's going to be a good weekend of music, cocktails and cute boy-spotting ;)

I have something for you, too- I'm giving away a lovely black and white canvas I found in my bedroom to one lucky member of the Anita De Bauch Facebook page. It's a share to win thing, but you have to be a member of our little page to enter, so the odds are pretty high of winning :) Good luck!

Lots of love,

Anita xxxx

PS: If you prefer me covered in blood, check this out.

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Black #StockingSaturday by Phine Ka

Thought I'd post this little blog between shooting stills in the woods and cinemagraphs at home all day with my new-ish flatmate, Dan Hubbert. Fun fun :) Jeans, jacket and TRAINERS, definitely a new look for me!! (Admittedly my trainers have cute little wedge heels.)

So today's look is quite a contrast to these photos taken in my hotel room by another friend, Phine Ka, in January. I oddly feel more comfortable wearing bits of fringing and 6" heels than "casuals". Go figure.

As well as shooting outside, I've also been walking Dexter in all this good weather we've finally been having (apologies if you already saw these on my Facebook).

Also, I had lunch in Camden with Hannah Ashlea yesterday and we talked about boobs solidly for 3.5 hours.

Well done us!

Anita xxxxxxxx

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Lady Allura by G Haskew, steampunk/ industrial style

I have some steampunk-esque fashion shots to share from an amazing location shoot I did for Lady Allura with Magpie Tommy. Lady Allura mostly does latex but this beautiful harness set that she kindly gifted to me is made of faux leather (I also shot it with Amy Colwell). It feels nice and tough to wear :)

Click the pics for larger versions- it's worth it for the detail in these shots :)

Melodramatic "ooh I'm lost and have a bit of a headache" model pose #759375

This weirdly looks like I've been dropped into the shot on the computer but I was really there, promise :p There was a lot of daylight hitting me from each side. You've probably seen the nudes I did here; I was further back in the tunnel for them, so my figure looks darker.

Super awesome news: I met with Perou again yesterday and we have booked our first shoot for next week, possibly/ probably with more to follow for an ongoing location project :D I won't say exactly what it is of course but just that it's EXACTLY the kind of thing I've been really wanting to do :D :D :D

Also, the special edition hardback copy of my book, The Ugly Girl's Guide to Becoming a Model, looks like it might be out earlier than predicted! :D I may technically be a writer soon, but words can't describe my happiness today.

Oh, and the sun is shining :)

Anita xxxxxxxx

Saturday, 1 June 2013

'Vintage Voyeur': striptease video for #StockingSaturday! & a vintage 1940s lingerie ad

I already posted this video on Twitter yesterday as part of #FetishFriday but I'll blog it today for #StockingSaturday, 'cos it's too good to only watch once ;) It's a preview of a leg/ foot/ stocking fetish film called Vintage Voyeur that I shot with Silk Soles, which is from the same producers as Restrained Elegance. You have to pay to join the site and watch the full film of course, but you can watch the trailer for free :D

I love doing this kind of elegant, sensual fetish work :)

Having a heroically lazy day today: woke up at lunchtime, retrieved soy chai latte and a tiffin from Costa in my peach satin cami-knickers (admittedly with a coat on over the top, but it still felt weird) and did a little 20 minute workout.

Vintage peach satin cami-knickers advert in my 1940s Look book

If I'm not sleeping nude, I'm usually sleeping in these. Mine are 1940s reproductions, kindly gifted to me by my friends at Playful Promises. They offered me money to shoot for them, but I said I'd rather have some of their beautiful lingerie, and this was one of my choices! I'm a genuine vintage lingerie fetishist and so owning the items is more exciting than money to me! I don't think Playful Promises make these anymore, which is a shame as they are so comfortable to sleep in, and my boyfriend loves them, too.

Anyway, sweet dreams...

Anita xxxxx