Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Lawn in VOGUE

I was sitting in the hair salon waiting for my youngest son to get his hair cut and I picked up the latest copy of VOGUE.  A rare moment, relaxing, enjoying high fashion.  The ads are as intriguing as the photo spreads.  Ah, finally I get to the opening photo spread, before his hair is cut and, what fabulously chic couture.  The cut of that suit, the shoes, the lawn.......   Do I need to get my reading glasses out?  (Something I only to resort to on a life or death basis.)  Is that grass tall?   Do I see a weed?   Oh, *gasp* is that a bare patch of dirt under the swing?   I was so entranced with the condition of the lawn I quit looking at the clothes!  

The photo feature is in the July 2010 VOGUE.  It is titled "Magnificent Obsession."
All photos above are from a photo series photographed by Peter Lindbergh.  The series cast Ewan McGregor and Natalia Vodianova in a c. 1957 domestic drama.   So, my interest is in the lawn.  Is it being depicted as c. 1957 or is this the lawn that will be in vogue?  With the "green" movement; green is everywhere, even in lawn care.  Groups like safelawns.org  are spreading knowledge about the danger of pesticides and synthetic chemicals in lawn care products.  What is different about this lawn in VOGUE?  Taller grass, around 2 1/2-3 1/2 inches is considered the healthy length.  Taller grass helps develop a better root system this in turn helps the grass survive drought, tolerate insect damage, and fend off disease better.  The allowance of some weeds.  This is just a personal preference.  Bare patches, well kids will be kids and dirt happens. The reason this all hit home with me; as I sat there with the VOGUE held out at that angle that allowed my 40-ish eyes to focus on which weed they had growing in their lawn, was that I had been editing my lawn photos!

Unedited lawn

Edited lawn
One area of the lawn that I photographed last week that actually needed no editing.  Now, I have a good excuse for my wayward yard it had a track hoe sitting on top of it two years ago and the lawn and I are still traumatized. 
So, which lawn do you have?  Is it photograph ready or do you edit?;)
Just a fun post for Outdoor Wednesday at Susan's site, A Southern Daydreamer.  Go over to check out all the lovely outdoor photos.
* Not to trivialize the work of safelawns.org at all.  A site well worth visiting and one that did have me thinking about the best way to reestablish my lawn.



Average Girl said...

I couldn't tell the difference at first on either of your lawn pictures, i just kept looking at the inviting chair to sit down in! Nice story on the Vogue article!

Atticmag said...

Nice edit job you did there ;) Looks like a perfect spot for a chair to sit and admire your flowers.

When I was a kid, our house was picked for a photo shoot because of the pristine lawn :D
There is even a pretty young model posing on the grass (1960's era). Oh I hope my mother still has that photo. Would be a hoot to show you ♥
Jane T.

LDH said...

Great Post ~ I had a good time perusing your recent posts too! Nice stopping by!

Kindly, ldh

Kathy said...

My husband loves his lawn. He has Fescue and it should be pretty long - although lately it has gotten long enough to hide our Dachshund!
Great post,

Mary said...

Our lawn would definitely need to be edited~ We are in the midst of high 90 temps and one of the few without irrigation on our street. Love Natalia's hair & her handbag as she swings her girls! Thanks for your visit :-)

Becky K. said...

While I probably should do some editing I try to take photos at the most photogenic spots and then leave them alone....This was a fun angle for a post.

Becky K.
Hospitality Lane

Debbie said...

I found you on Outdoor Wednesday and really like this post. While I love to look at a "perfect" lawn, I'm often reminded of something my own grandmother (reportedly) said in admonition to my dad when we were growning up. "You can't grow lawns and children." From that point on, Dad enjoyed his bare spots made by playing feet.

Ms. Bake-it said...

Great post on the Vogue article. As for my lawn, it is definitely not photo worthy, but I do not bother to edit it. ~ Tracy

Linda said...

Great post. This is my first time to your blog and I really enjoyed it. My lawn...well, most of it photo ready I think...but I tend to concentrate on the flowers and plants!

Sandy@Life Began In A Garden said...

Oh my goodness, you would have to edit my lawn so much it would become a postage stamp! Well. it's not really that bad, but I do tend to focus on the flowers in the garden, not the grass...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, we could use a few inches of rain here, it hit 100 today!

Missy said...

You are very observant. I would have never noticed the lawn in those pictures. I would have been too busy looking at the clothes. LOL

My lawn would definitely have to be edited. Although, after looking at the Vogue photos, maybe not so much.

Stopping by from SITS.

Crystal said...

I love the white lawn chair with the cozy pillow! The glass of tea looks delish as well!

Stoppig by from SITS.

Art Garden Diva said...

Fun post, although I'm in favor of the unedited option. As a Master Gardner, we're all about trying to be as unchemical as possible. Perfect lawns are such a Man Thing! Just ask my DH. LOL

She Was Old Fashioned said...

Yep I agree that's a great edited photo, I do love that chair and it does seem like a great place to relax. I enjoyed your botanical grouping as well that is very pretty.