Saturday, May 16, 2009

Walk On...

I was devastated when I found out on Wednesday that one of my favorite bloggers, Erika Ascot, had passed away.  Although Erika's blog, Black Ascot, is written entirely in Swedish, most of which I barely understand, I immediately fell in love with her haunting Francesca Woodman styled self-portraits.  We never met, and we only read each other's blogs, but sometimes you feel an inexplicable connection to those whose lives are laid bare before you, and who you feel you have a lot in common with.  Rather than prattling on any longer, I thought I would share with you some of her incredible photographs.  Her parents are also accepting friend requests on her Facebook Page.  Walk on, Erika.

EDIT: Erika was actually a fictionalized character.  However, like any well realized character in a novel or a play, to many of her blog readers, myself included, Erika was very real.  
At least as real as Heathcliff and Mr. Darcy, or any other literary creation that I've fallen in love with.  


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Florence 17 Australia. said...

that is so sad, they were so beautiful
thanks for a genuine post x

dreamecho said...

Color me confused (mainly because of the language barrier). I hadn't heard of this blog before, but some googling reveals that in mid-April the blog was declared fiction -- supposedly it's advertising for Malmo Opera's production called Vanessa?

Here's some English mentionings of the truth coming out: was even a fake funeral for her? also Google Translated some Swedish links that seem to corroborate the story. If Black Ascot is indeed a promo, then we can chalk up the mistake to the language divide. (And I appreciate your sensitivity in dealing with the subject of death. :) In any case, this doesn't change the fact that Black Ascot's images are awesome and it was great of you to feature them.

Alicia/InstantVintage said...

My condolences.

The photos are beautiful.

Erik said...

As Dreamecho has already pointed out, no one has died and the Black Ascot blog is a "fake". The girl in the pictures is an actress and the blog itself is an "undercover" (now uncovered, of course)commercial campaign made by Studio Total for the Opera of Malmö in Sweden. A lot of readers were very upset when this was discovered a month ago or so, but the campaign itself was, and has continued to be even after the truth was out, very successful, generating lots of traffic on the Opera of Malmö website.

There never was an Erika.

Erik said...

But then again, what difference does it make? Erika was and is as real as one makes her.

FASHIONconfectionairy said...

That is too sad!

La Chauve-Souris said...

waow she really made incredible photos

bonne nuit

grace said...

the world of advertising is full of innovation.

Edelweiss said...

These photos are so beautiful and ethereal. I don't think it really matters either that the blog is "fake", looking back at the posts the "character" has really taken on a life of her own :)

kelse said...

well whatever the story is, these photos are beautiful x

cyndamoore said...

The blog is all fiction which has raised a debate here in Sweden. Some people seem rather upset about the fact that it's all fake. Personally, I love fiction and wouldn't be able to live without books, movies and what else fiction. And it is indeed an innovating way to advertise. I am pretty sure that Studio Total has made a lot more for the Swedish opera scene than anyone else has in a very long time.

There was a funeral, organized by Studio Total, where the last letter from Erika was read. It was a very beautiful ending.