In order to start photographing my book, I first had to upgrade my camera. After appealing to the powers that be at Canon for a discount, to no avail, I plunked down a boatload of money for the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. As I joked on Twitter, learning to use this camera was like trying to drive a Ferrari after only having ridden a Vespa. I decided that a great place to practice and escape the heat would be The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Greek and Roman Galleries are my absolute favorite places to visit and were my first stop. I was inspired to shoot in black and white by the hauntingly beautiful photos of statues in Florence and The Louvre by Christopher Draghi. What always strikes me is how alive the statues still look to this day. I really had the feeling that some of them were going to all of the sudden start speaking to me. These galleries are really magical and magnificent but with help from Bill Blass, see last photo, I would expect nothing less.
Photos by Heather Clawson for Habitually Chic