3.3.11

backstage: the laying on of hands



Been feeling a little fragile lately, for a variety of reasons too stupid to go into here, which makes me all the more chuffed to bits at the kindness of people, publicly and privately. Your prayers for our UMS car, for starters! It worked! He's home, safe and sound.

So many images I want to show you.. I know everyone's moved on, the attention is on Paris, but I also know that those of you who come here obviously aren't coming for the latest fashion news. And I keep going backstage, back to the images I shot there.. I can't explain, sometimes it feels really crazy back there but there's also this unbelievably quiet peaceful feeling. All these people, working really hard, doing a really good job, and yet it's so cooperative and professional. Not at all bitchy or competitive, but really peaceful, actually.



I was watching that great show again last night, The Model Agency, and thinking about these girls.. I know I'm rambling, kind of thinking out loud, but I've spent a lot of time before I went to Florida in the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, visiting Major Bobby. (And btw: thank you for your prayers for him. He is now home safe and sound, we even had a wonderful little tea party the other day!)

Anyway, what I was thinking is how similar a hospital is to backstage before a catwalk show. Hear me out please. The whole purpose of a hospital is to care for the patients. And the purpose of backstage is obviously, caring for the models, or the 'money girls' as last night's show touched upon.





There is a lot of laying on of hands. The men and women who make it happen - the hair and make-up people - are just delightful, and beautiful in a different way than the models. The models - like patients in a hospital - are often not quite present. They are resting, saving their strength, because, minutes after these photos were taken, they would have gone forth with the lights and the music and all the people watching them, and something that was about to occur: a performance, a group connection, an energy, a kind of ritual so primitive it's almost a tribal celebration, would be about to take place, and it would come from these girls.



But before that can happen.. in both places, the hospital and backstage, there is a kind of spiritual reverence taking place: a healthy human being is giving something to another human being. Strength. Kindness. Love, in a way. And, having been touched in that way, they go forth, healed, into the world. Or onto the catwalk.

Okay, enough chit chat. It's time for me to go forth into the world. And I hope that even if I can't touch someone with kindness today, at least I won't cause anyone any harm.

13 comments:

CaramelLatteKiss said...

Wonderful pictures. I've really enjoyed your thoughts on LFW; they're quite different to the other blogs I read. It's refreshing to have a different perspective. I'd never have though of backstage as a peaceful place, but these images do convey that.

The Photodiarist said...

These are some beautiful photographs!

Adorngirl said...

I always check in here for the latest fashion news I don't know what you're talking about. you always have a way with words, that makes any sitiuation seem more interesting. lovely shots as usual. x

Some Style... said...

oh, love it being backstage, is just the greatest! wonderful images, sweets! xoxo

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daisychain said...

I quite simply do not have the words to adequately convey just how much your comment on today's post meant to me.
You are such a kind and wonderful friend. At some point this year I fully intend on getting my arse up to London to meet you x

Beautifully Invisible said...

I don't think I have ever heard anyone describe the backstage experience in quite this way. This was an unexpectedly moving post, and the photos, as always, were lovely!

the nyanzi report said...

Great pictures to drive that well written text home. So many great points made in these few words. Your comparison of the backstage to a hospital has given me a whole new way of looking at this thing.

Anonymous said...

Very nice backstage photos. :)


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adrielleroyale said...

Love these - and I'm so not over this show you are posting about, keep em comin :)

the style crusader said...

Jill, as much as your photos tell a story your words are what is so unique about your blog. Really unique take on backstage. Glad to hear the car is back home and that major bobby is too. xx

polka dot said...

Aw, thank you sweet friends - both known, and as not-yet-met. Ashanti/Adorngirl: I fear for you if you're coming to me for the latest fashion news! You'll be like the last to know. xo

Fashion Limbo said...

This is why I LOVE your work, your blog so much!!! you inspiring creature, thanks so much for letting us have an inside peek at that amazing world. Great work Jill, as usual, you inspire me enormously.

style odyssey said...

i can only imagine the craziness behind the scenes but these images....well, they tell a different story- calm, quiet and yes, even a sense of caring, even if it is somewhat false- it's like with massage therapists: it's their job to make us feel better but in the end, it doesn't matter- we still feel cared for even though we know they get paid to care. i wonder if these models have that same feeling. of course they're also getting paid to be cared for and walk that walk. anyway...i'm rambling because my computer is cooperating!
xo