Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Release - A poem by Julian Woodhouse

I can't even begin to express how excited I am about the short film I've been working on with my good friend Robbie Gooding! If you remember the post I did right before this film then you'll recognize the poem when you see the film. I'd love to thank God for the sturggles that I have endured and will continue to endure. Even though I have gone through the storm, I know he is there with me and will never leave me. And Rob Gooding for not only being a creative force that took my ideas and my vision for this to the level it is at.

In addition to that I want to thank all of my friends who have supported and loved me through everything. You all mean so much to me!

And now...here is what we've all been waiting for

RELEASE
by Julian Eugene Woodhouse and Rob Gooding



Sunday, November 18, 2012

Wouldn’t you just love that?

 
I sit here by fire light wondering who I am. What is it that makes me so special? Have I lost sight of that? Why do I always go back to this? The dimly lit cigarette, the hellishly hot latte sit in my right hand. As it trembles in attempts to warm itself against the brisk wind I feel its movement reverberate up my arm and, matching the beat perfectly, into my heart.
My balcony sits above the city. From there I can see the beauty of all that is around me.
I wake in the morning and see the sun slowly peaking its dreamy head from behind the tops of the trees across the highway.
The birds don’t fly this high. Typically their songs that remind me that no matter what is going on in this life, life is still being lived are unheard. No bird sings tonight. No sun shines. Even the more distant stars are hidden behind the smoke and smog of the city. Nothing is here to cheer me up but the distant idea that my heart still has rhythm and if it were to rain, not a drop would burst open onto my head without me allowing it.
The pain of my yesterday is something that I always return to. The pain of the physical abuse continuously beats upon my body. The tears that flowed down my oil ridden pimply skin, that always followed a good dose of emotional abuse and guilt, eternally fall. I want nothing more than this heart to stop beating. And for these tears to drown me and for my body to give under the pressure of the patriarch’s fist. They know nothing of my struggle, they know nothing of my pain. All they can really see is the blood that drips from their wounds. For once, I would love for them to look beyond the scarlet tinted lens they have stapled to their eye lids to me, their product.
I sit in my high rise apartment looking through the glare of the candle lit living room to nothing. I sit alone standing in a puddle of my own waste hoping that from it will come growth, meaning, and a life lived freely.  But will it? Or will I continue in this pattern of self-destruction?
For once, I want my heart to beat for itself—for the blood that cycles through my system to flow for itself. But my wants go unnoticed. My blood pumps for whoever will give me the time of day beyond a simple hello. Like the common cold my virus comes and goes and no matter how much growth I’ve felt in the mean time I am always caught off guard, always unprepared.
When will I be okay? When will I abandon these thoughts and take up joy as the center of my life? When will these tears stop staining my pillows with dried salt at night as I sleep? For once I would love to wake up and know that I am still breathing. I want to wake up and truly know that the pain of my yesterday is just an ingredient used in the foundation of my success.
When I close my eyes I am still in the same position, lying naked upon a hard cement floor with nothing. From here I can feel my lungs beaten by the tobacco and asthma barely attaining the strength to pull in air. I can hear them working. They sound like a card board box being dragged across a dirty floor by a person thinking that through dragging this box they will be able to one day stand atop it and gaze out over their pain.  
Take me from this prison I have so successfully dropped myself into. Remind me that the key to the lock is already in my hand. Hold me and walk me to the door, show me how to put the key in the hole and to remove myself. I’ve seen the red tape you have meticulously placed upon the floor guiding me to freedom but I can’t seem to gather the strength to walk it. Peel my limp and cold body from the equally destitute floor in which I lay upon, and with care, walk me over the red tape to the door leading to my freedom.
Haven’t I served my sentence? Haven’t I already paid my dues? Have I cried enough tears to pay the bounty for this? What else do you want me to do? Is it that I need to cry more? Shall I weep so violently that the bolts holding the door on its hinges break from the jostling of my body quivering, like an epileptic? Because if that is what you want, then that is what you will get. Tell me, show me, scream to me from ceiling of my cell your desires. Once I know, I will perform for you. Once again, I will dance for you. My impure and naked body will move to the beat of your desires and quench your thirst. It’ll be beautiful. Wouldn’t you like that God? Wouldn’t you just love that?
 

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Multiplicity

 
Last night was amazing. I took some time to catch up with one of my best friends -- nicknamed Auntie M. We drank wine, made spring rolls and then danced the night away. I haven't felt so overwelmed with joy in a long time. Insecurities faded...

Life was good at least until I returned home. I felt the insecurities crawling up my legs and up my back. They wraped their arms around me and squeezed every drop of joy I felt out of me.

They dragged me to the mirror and as I gazed at myself teeth wine stained, hair in a disarray, eyes squinting at the light I felt an odd sense of security. I was back, feeling low and depressed.
This look shows the progress I've gone through starting with being drained of all optimism and ending where I sit within myself currently.

Perhaps I came off a little strong?

The Curtains of My Insecurity Hide Me From Your Love

I can be a very sensitive individual. My emotions are always trying to interfere with the functioning of my life. While taking the shots for this look I couldn't help but reflect on why I was taking them. Why I was allowing a bit of my soul to be ripped from me with every "ca-click" 
I feel like there is a slight price to pay for it. There is a price to pay for a beautiful image. You find yourself holding your everyday appearance up to a magnifying glass looking for imperfections -- cropping here, blemish removing here or there, adding a tint of lavender and red, distorting, creating sunlight.
 The end result is never what you hoped for, but it's the best you've got, so you accept it. In my life, my insecurities prevent me from truly living and enjoying the many things and experiences I am fortunate to have a part of it.
 Eventually it'll either get better or worse, only time will tell. But I hope this lesson on me sits well with you and takes your quality of life higher. 




I guess I never realized...

I guess I never realized how static the blog has been...a change is coming...but not in the way Obama has inspired us all :/

think ACTUAL change...


Anyway. This is my roommate. This dude is friggin hilarious. The other day he asked me why I never put him on the blog. I think he was hinting at the selfishness and static nature of the blog.
After my awkward laugh I decided to go ahead and give it a shot... I'd say they turned out pretty good!! Thoughts?


Friday, September 28, 2012

Noir

Today I decided to go all black. A lot of my friends know I love to wear all black when I go out. There is something about darkness and the solidity of wearing all black thats is alluring to me.
This look I took to work for the 2nd first day and I loved it.

 

Monday, September 24, 2012

The Darker the Plum...

Bought these pants from H&M a while ago. These chinos fit so well and are so incredibly confortable. Not to mention they are a cool color that has worked for spring and summer but will work for fall as well. I look forward to the endless possibilities :)





Sunday, September 23, 2012

If You Look Hard Enough, It Might Change Your Life

I wasn't really feeling the previous look I styled with the goat skull so I redid the look completely. I love this one more than I loved the other one. Hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.
Should be on lookbook shortly so take a look!
lookbook.nu/nameseugene
 
 
 



Envision: Fashion Week MN

I had a blast at the Envision event hosted by City Pages on 09/21/2012. I met a lot of great and talented people. It's been a while since I've been surrounded by so many people with the same interest in aesthetics and style. Here are the runway shots I took, enjoy! At the bottom of the post is a slideshow of the rest of the shots from the runway.

















 
 

Friday, September 21, 2012

It was the way you made me feel

Like the pants in the Thanks Dad look, I begged him for these. Using the same template I made these into harem pants. I've been considering adding to my usual repertoire of tight fitting pants, pants with volume and interesting proportions. I've seen it a lot for this upcoming season and I figured I'd try it out.
 
 


Interesting Jewelry: Goat Skull

I found this skull in the virgin islands a few years back after hiking through the forest. I kept it as a souvenir and it's just collected dust on my bookshelf but I decided to try it out as a necklace. I'm happy with it. 



Good Stuff

I performed at a RAW gig downtown Minneapolis about a month ago. I came across her while she was assisting an artist friend set up for the show. One look and I had to take a shot. I love everything about what she is wearing--very minimalist but also dynamic with the cut of the skirt and the cardigan. 



Thursday, September 20, 2012

New Shoes


Normally I don't buy Steve Madden shoes or anything for that matter, but I was in the mall the other day and these jumped right out at me... I'm pleased that they did


Secretly, I Really Want Dreadlocks

I think I could do dreads, but I got a little time before I can do that. Perhaps when I'm older and established in my career I'll take a risk and grow them. But honestly the idea of that gives me a headache. I love them but I doubt I'll get them... but you never know right?!




DIY: Graphic Knit

So tomorrow I'm going to an event that requires I put a little more effort in the clothes I wear. Even though I still have no idea what I'm going to wear, I came across this option.

Basically I took a plain white knit button down. I taped the sections with painters tape and then painted on the shirt.

I love the result



Heres the look:


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

My Dad's Crazy Pants

These pants were my dad's after a few months of begging for them, he gave them to me. Definitely something I'll be keeping forever!

Music Festival Style