Grayson Lauffenburger photography

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I have taught kindergarten in eastern Europe and lived in a lighthouse on an island in the Arctic Circle. I have fished for (possibly endangered) giant catfish in Thailand and I moonlight as an archaeologist in Tuscany. I got punched in the face by an Italian guy in Scotland once.

Today I would like to share works of one of my favorite photographers Grayson Lauffenburger.

Grayson is German, but spends a lot of time in the US. He travels a lot and always brings amazing photos from his trips. He shoots in different styles: from fashion to travel and event photography. And each photo has its own story. He’s also a master retoucher!



Couple words about fashion

A call to all the fashionistas of the world!
Our great friend and incredibly talented musician Johnny Royal from Black Lodge is putting together a PSA on the education of Style and Fashion for the global style education communities.
Lots of press and brands are promised to be involved and participants will have direct access to both.
To take a part all you need is to live in a major city outside the USA, or be a foreigner living in LA, and love fashion and style.
So if you’re interested, contact him via facebook till thursday!

Yé-yé les Copains!



Last week I posted about rock’n’roll. But talking about music of 1950s and 1960s, I can’t bypass the yé-yé phenomenon.

Yé-yé was a style of pop music that emerged from France in the early 60s, and was not known extensively outside of Europe, until recent films by Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson, and the popular American TV show Mad Men. Yé-yé took its name from the onomatopoeia to English “yeah! yeah!”, and the origins of the yé-yé movement itself come from the radio program, and later the magazine, “Salut les copains” (Hello mates).

Most of yé-yé singers were young teenage girls singing French adaptations or songs inspired by British and American rock’n’roll hits. The most recognizable and popular artists of that time were Johnny Hallyday, Serge Gainsbourg, Sylvie Vartan, Claude François, France Gall, Richard Anthony, les Chaussettes Noires and Françoise Hardy.

Even though it may seem that yé-yé is not a big deal, it became a global phenomenon. Maybe because it has this special French charm.

50 years after the launch of the magazine, Salut les Copains and les années yéyé returned to French stage as a musical, and briefly became grand phenomenon à nouveau.

Salut les Copains, le spectacle musical is a catching illustration of history. A story of love and friendship, followed by the sounds of the greatest rock’n’roll hits, interpreted by an amazing troupe of actors, singers and dancers. Jukeboxes, fashion, twist, Concert of Nation and Mai 68.

What can be better than reading about great things? Living, singing and dancing them! So let’s rock’n’twist and twist’n’roll!



If you’re in France this autumn or winter and want to dive into the musical madness of rock’n’roll, twist and les années yéyé, be sure not to miss this show.

nihil sub sole novum

You’ve probably heard this proverb: ‘There is nothing new under the sun’. It means that there’s nothing truly novel in our existence, because every single idea is the echo of the past thoughts and things. Or maybe a reflection of other people’s ideas.

Some people call it lack of originality or even plagiarism. But Austin Cleon in his book “Still like an artist. 10 Things nobody told you about being creative” claims that every new idea is just a jumble of old ideas. And the most important thing for a creative person is never hesitate to experiment, mix everything and give yourself complete freedom.

So the thing is, it’s not always about what is done, but how it is done.

For example, back in 1934 Puddle Jumper by Hungarian photographer Martin Munkasci was published in Harper’s Bazaar. It has become one of the most recognized images in fashion photography.

In 1957, Richard Avedon, paid tribute to the Munkasci photograph Homage to Munkasci.

In 1989, paying homage to both of them, Elliott Erwitt took a photo Eiffel Tower 100th Anniversary.