I’m suprised that I don’t get into car wrecks daily- my eyes are so often not focused on the road in front of me like a good little driver- instead they are constantly- maybe sometimes even frantically- searching for beauty. Searching for images, for stories, for spaces I want to capture with a camera.
This jumpsuit had been halfway done in my sewing room for a week or so- and one day, on my way to work, there it was- an abandoned restaurant with red shutters and black trim- it was perfection. Every day I would drive by it- looking forward to getting the piece completed so I could capture the perfect simplicity of color coordination and symmetry.
When we pulled up on a Thundery Monday I discovered the appointed king of this vacant castle. His name was Gary and he was beautiful. I asked him if it was okay to take his picture since he was wearing red also… and he obliged. Thinking about it this very moment- it’s amazing how things work out sometimes- how all of us strangers could be pulled together and somehow color coordinated- as if predestined to create a wonderfully aesthetic image. Thank you Gary, you are truly appreciated- you are as much of the paint on this canvas as any of us.
Photography by Elisabeth Donaldson
Jumpsuit created by Elisabeth Donaldson of Monarch Clothing
Buy it in the Monarch Clothing Etsy Shop
Model: Amanda Carberry
Special Thanks to Gary for so Graciously allowing us to take his photograph