David La Chapelle: Beyond Reality

As I’ve mentioned time and time before I am not only enamored by photographers but have an insane amount of respect for them as well. My first camera was made by Fisher Price. I must have been about 8 when I got it for my birthday …or was it Christmas? I can’t remember but I do recall many of my first shots were outside in the sun and my birthday is June and since I didn’t really get gifts other than Christmas or my birthday, I’ll go with my birthday. …all of which is irrelevant.

I distinctly remember wasting my first roll of film on a party my parents were throwing in the backyard ..hell, maybe it was my birthday. I remember setting up the shots, thinking they were going to come out SO GREAT only to be let down when I picked up the film …blankly staring at legs …bodies without heads …cake.

They were horrible. What I saw in my head visually I could not recreate in photo form. I was disappointed in my creations but didn’t stop taking photos. I knew, however, that my future was not that of a photographer.

I did learn how to manipulate photos digitally though in ways that I could never get through just the lens which were more fantastical to me because they were beyond reality …they were better!

And this is what Photographer David La Chapelle creates …a fantastical reality. He did dabble in digitally retouching much of his early 90′s work but now prefers to create visually stimulating surreal and many times humorous sets with a team of artists to help him capture anything in his vividly imaginative mind. Many don’t consider him an artist but I do …and I am truly inspired by his mind.

Here are some of my favorites . . . {although, really …I love them all}





















…more here


LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at ...love Maegan.com sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, and home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life with her husband and adorable dogs, two Frenchies & an old Pug in wheels. Here you will find her talking about their journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation up to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life.

41 Comments

  • BlondieLox

    April 29, 2009 | Reply

    this is amazing! i’ve never seen anything like it! thanks for sharing.

  • Melissa

    April 29, 2009 | Reply

    Those are amazing pictures!

    I just found your blog and I love it!

  • tanya

    April 29, 2009 | Reply

    Wow, these are so creative and evocative! I love how Chapelle always pushes the boundaries of what is expected.

  • Underfunded Heiress

    April 29, 2009 | Reply

    Wow, he’s talented. Those are some pretty creative and amazing photos. Love the colors!

  • Maki

    April 29, 2009 | Reply

    So creative and so original – amazing photography!!!!

  • TeeTee

    April 29, 2009 | Reply

    These are amazing!

    Thanks for sharing your find!

  • Diana

    April 29, 2009 | Reply

    yep, that is totally how i garden too

  • Shawn

    April 29, 2009 | Reply

    Awesome photos! I love seeing celebrities in a totally new way also. I’m not sure I caught all of them though. Jude Law, Kirsten Dunst, Uma Thurman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rose..something, Cameron Diaz. That guy with the fortune cookies and the lady running with the lips totally look familiar also.

    Just really cool.

  • Shawn

    April 29, 2009 | Reply

    Oh, Fleetwood Mac.

    I think the Kirsten Dunst photo is my favorite. Trapped under glass.

  • F Blog

    April 29, 2009 | Reply

    Woah these are some amazing photos! Thanks for sharing them!
    x

  • alissa

    April 29, 2009 | Reply

    these are so cool! i love the fleetwood mac one (because im obsessed) but all of them are such interesting compositions and colors

  • .kat.

    April 29, 2009 | Reply

    What I love about his work
    is the fact that it’s all so
    unique. Thanks so much
    for sharing it with all of us!

  • honeyno

    April 29, 2009 | Reply

    his work seems eccentric yet alluring. my favorite is the one with cameron diaz.

  • diane

    April 29, 2009 | Reply

    I’ve always liked that picture of Drew Barrymore. And the one of Cameron Diaz is pretty cool, too. My favorite is the first one, she reminds me of the cheshire cat in Alice in Wonderland. Who’s the girl with the smeared red lipstick, it’s driving me crazy.

  • black vanilla rose

    April 29, 2009 | Reply

    WOW

    My mind is going crazy trying to process all those awesome images… might need a bit of time ;]

    I can’t decided which one i love more, cameron diaz or kirstin dunst.

    He is truly a genius of photography

  • Cathy Voyage

    April 29, 2009 | Reply

    The photography is beautiful!

  • sarah

    April 29, 2009 | Reply

    These are gorgeous…I definitely consider him an artist, how can he not be to come up with such vivid, surreal and visually exciting images?

  • kelly

    April 29, 2009 | Reply

    amazing photos. I’ve always loved his work.

  • Belle

    April 29, 2009 | Reply

    Love this photographer!!
    The images are so beautiful! xxx

  • Carlotta

    April 29, 2009 | Reply

    love him I’ve seen an exibition here last year, such a great artist!! the drew and giselle photos are amazing :)

  • Kez

    April 29, 2009 | Reply

    I LOVE his work. I have always admired photographers like this. The imagination and the creativity just appeals to me!

  • Jules

    April 29, 2009 | Reply

    I love photography too! I am not GOOD at it but I love it!

  • Sweet Things

    April 29, 2009 | Reply

    he is awsome

  • Saskia

    April 29, 2009 | Reply

    He’s awesome… so creative and different!

  • Mary

    April 29, 2009 | Reply

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  • Mary

    April 29, 2009 | Reply

    gorgeous, imaginative photographs. Thank you for sharing. The colors are so beautiful!

    Thanks for the advice about the shoes! I’m the same way– the taller, the better. I think I’ll stick with the black shoes and go with bright accessories or a bright bag! Thank you again!

  • The Beauty File

    April 29, 2009 | Reply

    Wow, these are incredible pics. I need to come back and examine when I have more time. I love the Cameron Diaz, SJP & of course, Fleetwood Mac pics….so incredible!

  • erinleighheart

    April 29, 2009 | Reply

    pretty much amazing.

  • Gary Heller

    April 29, 2009 | Reply

    Great post, Maegan. He is one of the many super talented photogs out here today.

  • Leia

    April 29, 2009 | Reply

    Wow, gorgeous photos!

  • Chessa!

    April 29, 2009 | Reply

    he is a freaking genius. I want to crawl inside his head and find out what he is thinking. he is so deliciously creative and bold. LOVE! thanks for sharing the work of one of my favorites here.
    xx

  • Bar-b

    April 29, 2009 | Reply

    these are exceptional. absolute works of art. cool as hell too. I couldn’t help but think of dave chapelle though, i am popping in the dvd right now.

  • ~Trish~

    April 29, 2009 | Reply

    Wow those are totally cool, thanks for sharing!

  • Pop Champagne

    April 29, 2009 | Reply

    neat photos! The girl lying in the fish cooler is kinda freaky!! It’d be sooo funny if someone dress like that at a tennis game though haha I’d watch it

  • Erin

    April 29, 2009 | Reply

    Fantastic!

  • drollgirl

    April 29, 2009 | Reply

    he has some done some great things!!! love the jude law shot and the grapefruit shot with drew barrymore!!! fantastic!

  • La Belette Rouge

    April 29, 2009 | Reply

    I really see how he has impacted your photographic style. Truly, I see his influence in some of your photographs.

  • Hanako66

    April 30, 2009 | Reply

    He is amazing.

  • DiscoVery

    May 1, 2009 | Reply

    He’s a genius!

  • Girl Japan

    May 1, 2009 | Reply

    I love the diversity.. me too.. Fisher price.. I am still a novice…. photography, major learning curve..

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