19 July 2012

The Heritage of Hemingway

As a writer, the concept of great classic literature is something that has always fascinated me, but something that I ultimately marvelled from afar. You see, inside my head is a very fascinating place and something that if portrayed through imagery would resemble the likes of New York City at rush hour, literally it never stops. As a result, I’m one of those people, who generally look at movies, TV and novels as means of relaxation, (translation, I love chic lit, rom-coms and reality TV!). Don’t get me wrong, I love a good art house thriller or a book that makes you think, but if I’m in the mood to relax I’m going to reach for the old, ‘Devil Wears Prada,’ time and time again. Anyway, “Your point?” you’re wondering? Well this year I endeavoured to cross a monstrous list of classics off my reading list, which in turn has resulted in my being immersed in the tale of Wuthering Heights for the past three weeks, growing deeper and deeper in love with the writing and style of the time. Again, “YOUR POINT?” I can hear you screaming, I’m getting there I promise!

One literary genius who appears more than twice on my list is the iconic Ernest Miller Hemingway. Now Ernest married Hadley Richardson and together they had a son, Jack Hemingway. Jack married Byra Whittlesey and their third daughter was Mariel Hadley Hemingway, (keeping up so far?). Mariel then went on to marry Stephen Crisman and in 1987 they had their first daughter… the amazing Dree Hemingway, model and Great-Granddaughter to the above mentioned Ernest.

With a Nobel Prize winning Great-Grandfather and an Oscar nominated Mother, Dree comes from some seriously creative ancestry, however her impressive pedigree is not something this successful model relies on. Her nonchalant aura, effortless beauty and determination to remove herself from the expectations and generalisations of the Hemingway name, have ensured Dree become an individual creative influence in her own right, rather than simply an extension of her famous last name.

“I think some people have this idea of me making it because I am a Hemingway but I don’t think I’m here because of that. I think I’m here because I work hard and I want to be here.” – Dree Hemingway.
One of my favourite shoots of Dree is from the Spring/Summer 2010 issue of i-D Magazine. The raw emotion of the shoot, combined with the grainy texture of the film and simplistic styling, allows a certain depth to be added to the images, placing the subtle beauty at the forefront and enabling viewers to truly connect with moments of pure innocence.

IMAGES: Dree Hemingway shot by Sean Thompson for the Spring/Summer 2010 issue of i-D Magazine

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