Blonde à Rousse, Lexington, KY / by Sarah Landolt

2 weeks ago, I changed from platinum blonde to copper red. The day before I went red, I decided I wanted an Alex Prager-esque photo shoot to celebrate my 5 month stint as a retro-pin-up platinum blonde. Alex Prager is my favorite photographer--her photos are hyper-stylized, pristinely retro and saturated in color. She always photographs women, who display in  distress, consumerism and a look of vacancy.  I had a popcorn tub from the KY Theatre I had saved, and I decided that it must be used in my homage/ last-day-as-a-blonde photo shoot. 

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I used a few different edits of vscocam to try to get what I wanted. You can see the variation on the the three blonde pictures as well as the pictures of me as a red below. Unfortunately, these "blonde" photos are too grainy--not nearly as glossy and silky-smooth like Alex Prager's. Yet, the esthetic and style is definitely similar. 

These photos are taken on my roof. It was a bright, sunny, beautiful day, and I wanted to catch some rays. My Americana colored bathing suit and hat fit the primary colors of the popcorn. Perfect for Alex Prager-esque esthetic. 

The hilarious thing about this picture is my iPhone was hidden in the popcorn bucket, from which  I was controlling  my Canon 70d by remote shooting. So there was no popcorn in the bucket, but instead, an iPhone, trying to capture a selfie. I admit this for you to realize how ridiculous this whole thing is. Trust me, I'm aware.

 Eh voilà! Je suis rousse!

Eh voilà! Je suis rousse!

The day that I turned red was also delightfully sunny, and I need to get my Vitamin D for the day. I put on the exact same Americana bathing gear and hopped outside with my camera, hoping to capture my new locks. This time around, I was just posing normally; I had no intention of doing a compare/contrast experiment shoot, with the variable being my hair and the constant being my outfit. It just sorta happened that way. Yet it's amazing how different my "air" is in both of these--of course, I wasn't trying to do an Alex Prager thing on day 2. The colors, the expression and the edits I used on Vscocam are night and day. This impart is due to the sunlight and time of day I took the photos. Even considering these factors, one cannot help but notice the distinct difference in my esthetic and edit.

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