|David LaChapelle & Pamela Anderson at Tre Oci - Photo: Cat Bauer|
|News of Joy, 2017 ©David LaChapelle|
|David LaChapelle at Ca' Foscari - Photo: Cat Bauer|
Then AIDS struck and Paradise became the Inferno. Many vibrant friends withered and died. LaChapelle's boyfriend died, and he thought he would die, too. So he turned toward metaphysics to make sense of it, and started creating images to share before he died -- not for money, but to leave something behind. Then Andy Warhol asked him to work for Interview, and flipped his life around. Since people weren't buying his photos, it allowed him to earn money doing something he loved.
|Archangel Michael: And No Message Could Have Been Clearer by David LaChapelle (2009) Photo: Cat Bauer|
He told the students that he always followed his intuition, and that artists are unplanned, not like, say, lawyers, who go to school, get a degree, and practice law, with set rules. He said photography stops time. These days, the world feels faster with all our technical devices, and that it is important to make a place to find your own voice, and listen to your own heart and intuition away from the world that drowns it out.
He said, "To this day, if I do an ad, I use that money to fund myself. I am not a slave to the Art World, I am free. I am my own benefactor. I don't worry about getting hired. I want to say something that matters."
|The First Supper, 2017 ©David LaChapelle|
LaChapelle said he was trying to bring some real beauty to the world, and touch people much like music does. With Lost+Found at the Casa dei Tre Oci, David LaChapelle has achieved his goal.
Lost+Found is at the Casa dei Tre Oci from April 12 to September 10, 2017.
This post is dedicated to the memory of Jon Steinbacher, an angel that left this planet far too soon.
Ciao from Venezia,
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