The Photographic Journal

Higher Ground

Essay 144 • Mar 27th 2017

Silver footwear could never float without fizzle balloons and bonnets.Taffy smashed lashes and blob-net face canopies. Pink sharks cruising through waxaline outside a little house with big windows that you don't see.  Click and paint vivarium with pregnant minds. Carpet rash mustard combos on higher ground. Catered desserts, fitting the taste, finding the space. Nights get busy with aqua malacca but it's still daylight. Sailor jacket clouds, soapy and fluffed inside inflatable science tanks. Bleached laces, kiskadee. And when fennel dances gingerly, it's too much for just a moment. The flowers will melt your lipstick. Mustard and green lobsters curve chewy checkers. Let's go a way's away where the subsumed coral feathers wink. It's soft and simple. You can see our hearts, shot full of passion and it doesn't have to make sense.

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Detroit native Elise Mesner is an eclectic-minded painter, illustrator, fashion/costume designer, stylist, taste maker, cross-media artist, and fine art photographer working and dipping into all arty media. Creamy colors, plants, fresh air, and drops of neon rule her world. With whimsy forever as her guide and a pocket full of moxie, she’s known for creating idyllic dreamscapes, both in front of and behind the camera, as well as on the canvas.Instagram | Website

Photography: Elise Mesner
Models: Irene Discos and Elise Mesner
Clothing: 69 and Thinx
Makeup/Styling: Irene Discos – Honeybush Studios
Photo Assistant: Mimi Raver