Dec 7, 2009

Dress on fire

Edward Steichen photograph of Thérèse Duncan on the Acropolis, 1921. This is my all time favorite photograph. The silk dress looks like fire.

"She was a living reincarnation of a Greek nymph. Once, while photographing the Parthenon, I lost sight of her, but I could hear her. When I asked where she was, she raised her arms in answer. I swung the camera around and photographed her arms against the background of the Erechtheum. And then we went out to a part of the Acropolis behind the Parthenon, and she posed on a rock, against the sky with her Greek garments. The wind pressed the garments tight to her body, and the ends were left flapping and fluttering. They actually crackled. This gave the effect of fire -- 'Wind Fire.' From the book A Life in Photography by Edward Steichen.

Nov 4, 2009

In my head

If you know of any other geodesic album covers I can add to my collection, please let me know.

Oct 11, 2009

Oh No Not the Beast Day!

I would love to reissue anything by Marsha Hunt. Ideally her soulful '71 album Woman Child followed by a special 7" release of the supremely funky song Beast Day:

Oct 2, 2009


Latest inspiration: the neon lights of Brian Coleman. We have a small 70s collection, and recently discovered that some are made of pre-war Czech glass containing Uranium, causing them to glow under a black light.
Photo by pops, late 70s.

Sep 18, 2009

Begin the Sequin

"We don't wear sequins because we think we're great. We wear them because we think sequins are great."
-Gram Parsons

Look for my new line of vintage sequin jewelry coming soon @ Eastside Vintage.

Sep 16, 2009

Phantasy at the Latin Quarter

1950's program from Lou Walters' Latin Quarter nightclub. Found in a box of old newspapers.

Sep 9, 2009

Tuareg Funk

Photo by George Holton, 1971
Modern Photography Annual

Aldhechen Manin by Tinariwen

Sep 7, 2009

Opium cocktail hour

From the book The Fine Art of Fashion by Julian Robinson.

Sep 6, 2009

and the trees were in their hair

Climbing the neighborhood jungle.
Photos by me (bottom two) and Stone (top)

Sep 5, 2009

Sub version

Me by Stone, shot with my new Lumix LX3.

Sep 4, 2009

Sep 2, 2009

high flyin' bird

Twiggy, late sixties.
From the book Twiggy by Twiggy: "How I probably just came along on a white rabbit at the right time, and met the smile on the face of the tiger."

Aug 31, 2009

Castles in the Sand

Julie Verhoeven/Versace illustration from Stiletto magazine.

Aug 30, 2009


Photo by Ryszard Horowitz from Modern Photography Annual '71

Aug 29, 2009


big sur, 1976
photo by pops

Aug 28, 2009


Hifivalentine is Kate Steffens. This site is a place to showcase my current projects, art, photography, inspirations and obsessions.

All images are scanned from my personal collection of books, magazines and photography unless otherwise specified. Many of the photographs were taken by my pops in the 60s and 70s.

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