La vie bohémienne

The images in this series are available for purchase as unbound artist books.

La vie bohémienne is a series of 13 original photomontage prints. It is a revival of not only the style of dress but also of a lifestyle that is particular to bohemians. An outward expression of an inner sensibility.

Bohemianism was a very diverse artistic expression of mostly poor people. The bourgeoisie shunned them in the daylight hours and thoroughly enjoyed their entertainment in the evenings. Hence the expression slumming.

As a community of outcasts, they had a vibrant and expressive existence. It provided a sense of freedom from societal and economic constraints.

There is of course the problem of romanticizing the past. But perhaps we could all use something to dream about during these troubled times. June 2020.

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