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Showing posts with label Mr. Burton. Show all posts

2013 - A Year of Beauty, Elegance, and Creativity

Always the perfect glass of champagne at Mister Burton's

I'm sure you've all had the experience where there aren't words to describe how you feel - perhaps it's love, perhaps it's hate, perhaps it's a strange cocktail of many feelings at once?  At this moment I have no words to describe the deep gratitude I have for all the amazing people, opportunities, experiences I've been able to enjoy this year.  What a year 2013 has been!

For dramatic effect I must tell you that in May I got married to Kelly Desmond Bray, the love of my life, and the man who inspired me to first start The Dandy Portraits.  At the same time we were planning the wedding I was contacted by Gestalten to do the book, I am Dandy.  Well, I thought, ok, this is how it's gonna happen.  Alright let's go!  The book happened very quickly, so right off of the tails of the wedding, planning for the launch parties in London, Paris, New York kicked in to high gear.  There were so many people that helped with the parties and promotions - and this has been a big reason why the book is a success.  I can honestly say this - because I am Dandy is in it's second printing!

I want to profoundly thank Kelly, Natty Adams, Gestalten - Sven Ehmann, Lina Kunimoto, Gieves and Hawkes, Ray Fensham, Tony Sylvester, Steven Hitchcock & Celia, Hugo Jacomet, Lorenzo & Massimo Cifonelli, Massimiliano & Sorrel Mocchia di Coggiola, Rocco de Robien of Très Honoré, David Zyla & Chris Poe, The National Arts Club, Bruce Boyer, Glenn O'Brien, Bergdorf Goodman, Amber & Jake of Against Nature/Doyle Mueser, Matt & Enrique of Fine & Dandy Shop.  

One of the greatest moments I had this year was at my wedding when I looked up during the reception and realized how intensely beautiful everything was.  It sounds silly, but it was just one of those rare moments.  I'm privileged to experience such beauty and my greatest joy is to record it.  Kelly and I have decided to dedicate our lives to Beauty, Elegance, and Creativity - so that is my wish to you in this New Year!

Enjoy these photos from Massimiliano & Sorrel's recent trip to New York, and the party Mister Burton had in their honor.

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Champagne with Mr. Burton

Mr. Burton on his birthday, April 2011
Last weekend we went out to Mr. Burton's oassis in Queens for a little champagne brunch to help him celebrate his birthday.   It was lovely - he made quiche for us and we drank mimosas and had delicious cheese and fresh strawberries.  Towards the evening I finally got to see his bedroom, and knew I had to make his portrait there, on the bed.   How could I resist?

Champagne in the sunroom
Uncle Julius and his jewels

At The Players Club...

Mr. Burton on the staircase of The Players Club, NYC, Dec 30, 2010
Last night was New Year's Eve Eve at The Players Club across from Gramercy Park.  The building and interior plus all the folks decked out in their finest vintage made for wonderful inspiration.

Shy Mr. Burton with the blue eyes



Mr. Burton dressing for his portrait at his home in Queens, June 2010

He was not all that shy - it was more that we were getting to know each other.  His shirt was from the turn of the century, of delicate woven striped cloth.  The blue perfectly matched his icy eyes.  He wanted me to photograph him in his blue, white, and yellow kitchen inspired by Claude Monet's famous French kitchen.  There he would sit in his matching outfit with Edwardian cravat, like a character from the movie playing in his mind.

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