Jul 2, 2011

BOHEMIA on bare bones

Bohemia is a word I associate with nostalgia. The idea of being bohemian surrounded by technology feels challenging if not a little odd. On one of my favourite sites SO MUCH TO TELL YOU Nathalie Smith talks about bohemianism and how she thinks, "it's by necessity or choice we're all returning to a pared down way of living."

It's such a relevant topic at the moment. And it's more than the fact that it's summer and a holiday is in order. It's as if the pressure has peeked. And as trend would have it we now want what we don't have - simplicity. I think we're growing tired of being so exposed, of having so much access and of being so available. After the glamour and big personalities of the 80's Corinne Day understood what was needed photographing 15 year old Kate Moss for Face magazine's 3rd Summer of Love edition, pictured above.

I was refreshed to read this article that Nathalie took some of same exerts from;

Bohemia is a state of mind: a threadbare but vibrant Utopia in which one can prioritise the tenets of creativity, love, merriment, experimentation and arousal of the senses.

What they universally turn their backs on, however, are the ideals of the Bourgeois: tedious middle-class pomp, etiquette and triviality. Whether a Bohemian has originally come from the lower, middle or upper classes, she must eschew the petty values of the Bourgeois: that money, property or status are anything to do with the content of one’s character; that professional success and widespread celebration have anything to do with talent. What is of value to the Bohemian instead is spiritual integrity and creative freedom. The Bohemian would sooner live in the most abject poverty than submit to an undesirable job.

This belief in integrity and the intense desire for creative freedom often leads to a threadbare existence. Perhaps this material poverty leads to the archetypal Bohemian, wild at head and empty of pocket.

The Bohemian life is, by necessity, cheap. It costs very little to engage in truly Bohemian pursuits. You don't need to save up lots of money to become Bohemian and you don't even need to have regular income. You can begin today by turning down the volume on the Bourgeois command system in your brain. By living cheaply—by lowering your overheads to the absolute minimum—you can probably afford to work part-time instead of full-time or put less stress on your own small business. 

Learn to enjoy the dust and dirt. Learn to find beauty in imperfect or malfunctioning things. Allow your bare feet to touch the grass or the dust today. Spend less precious time and energy trying to tame nature.

I realise I may be contradicting myself here in my love of material things but I only want for what I need and sometimes that means not compromising on what you want... But all jokes aside-- just thinking a little more bohemian feels like being a kid again. Let's go back to collecting experiences and not things.

Photography by Corinne Day for Face Magazine


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