kaymontano Kay Montano

Ref/quote nerd, face-painter of actresses. Film/photography fangirl. Rep: The Wall Group worldwide. Millennial auntie. Creature of will.
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Having grown up amidst violence, watching his mother die at a young age and seeing several of his friends killed by gangs, Gordon Parks knew the fragility of life and never took it for granted. He knew all of it was a gift to be celebrated. During his 60 year-long career, Parks was a film director, a writer, a poet, a composer, as well as a photographer. He photographed everything from poverty to wealth, power to obscurity, activists like Malcolm X to celebrities like Marilyn Monroe. His biggest contributions, however, and what he should be remembered most for, are the choices he made. He chose not to fight with hatred. The deck was stacked against him from the day he was born and yet he lived by the lesson his mother told him over and over, “If a white boy can do it, so can you, so don’t ever give me your color as a cause for failing.” He saw a world that needed changing and he went about changing it. “I picked up a camera because it was my choice of weapons against what I hated most about the universe: racism, intolerance, poverty. I could have just as easily picked up a knife or a gun, like many of my childhood friends did… most of whom were murdered or put in prison… but I chose not to go that way. I felt that I could somehow subdue these evils by doing something beautiful that people recognize me by, and thus make a whole different life for myself, which has proved to be so.”▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️ Photograph of a sleeping showgirl backstage at the Latin Quarter Nightclub, Gordon Parks 1958

207 6 Dec 13, 2017

The youngest of 15, photographer Gordon Parks chose to make a living for himself after his mother passed away, and wound up becoming the first African American photographer for Life Magazine. Love this series from the 1950’s (1st photograph of Tippi Hedren, Hoboken New Jersey, 1956).

334 7 Dec 13, 2017

The world is confusing.

219 5 Dec 12, 2017

“Every woman who appears wrestles with the forces that would have her disappear. She struggles with the forces that would tell her story for her, or write her out of the story, the genealogy, the rights of man, the rule of law. The ability to tell your own story, in words or images, is already a victory, already a revolt.” Rebecca Solnit ▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️ Pictured, Aretha Franklin 👑

238 5 Dec 12, 2017

“For me the only things of interests are those linked to the heart.” Audrey Hepburn. Photographed on her wedding day with Mel Ferrer.

2072 26 Dec 11, 2017

“There is more to sex appeal than just measurements. I don't need a bedroom to prove my womanliness. I can convey just as much sex appeal, picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain.” Audrey Hepburn

1142 20 Dec 11, 2017

I won’t go out. Not when the snow underneath my feet chills like truth. I like my Sunday’s soft. I know not if you are with me, or if our souls intertwine and yet we echo each other. We find some comfort, usually unspoken. A puzzle of past lives, we’re shores to lay our lost halves. You. Me. Are we. ▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️ Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo in Jaques Demy’s Umbrellas of Cherbourg

293 10 Dec 10, 2017

Waking up, opening blinds, seeing snow, making everything I know, white. 🌧🌧🌧🌧🌧🌧🌧🌧🌧 Catherine Deneuve on the set of Truffaut’s Mississippi Mermaid by Mary Ellen Mark

470 4 Dec 10, 2017

Now I know Uhura wasn’t in Space:1999, so there’s no swishy IG trilogy deal happening here. ▫️▫️▫️ Weirdly there weren’t any black women on Moonbase Alpha.... 🤔 So come in with your beauty and strength Uhura, you are a highly qualified end to my Space-age triptych. Holding down a top job (and the captain😍), keeping your fashion game strong in space and the Starship Enterprise safe. ⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️ She also happened to inspire the *first ever black female astronaut*

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‘We go inside the Moonbase Alpha bijou apartment of Dr Helena Russell.’ Me, for Interiors Intergalactica. Space:1999 “My original concept was to take out as much colour as possible. It was a clinical, controlled environment, so no colour. That was why it was all cream and beige, so that when you went onto a planet surface, I could do what I liked with colour. And looking at the show again, it worked. It really did.” Set designer Keith Wilson. 4Children 1999

183 10 Dec 9, 2017

Space: 1999 my childhood favourite, was a British science-fiction TV programme that ran for only two series, originally airing from 1975 to 1977. In the opening episode, set in the year 1999, nuclear waste stored on the Moon's far side explodes, knocking the Moon out of orbit and sending it, as well as the 311 inhabitants of Moonbase Alpha, hurtling uncontrollably into space. At the time it was the most expensive series ever produced for British television. As I’ve said before, it was Tarkovsky’s Solaris for children. Strange, existential, and often dark, with 2 grown ups (rather than two 23 yr old ex models) without children (never mentioned) as the leads. And here they both are, Martin Landau and Barbara Bain. 1999

184 22 Dec 8, 2017

Rosina Ferrara (1861–1934) was an Italian girl from the island of Capri, who became the favorite muse of American expatriate artist John Singer Sargent. A variety of 19th-century artists, including Charles Sprague Pearce, Frank Hyde, and George Randolph Barse also made works of art of her. Ferrara was featured in the 2003 art exhibit "Sargent's Women" at New York City's Adelson Galleries, as well as in the eponymous book published that year. ▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️ 3 paintings of Rosina by John Singer Sargent

267 7 Dec 8, 2017