Ancient Modernity

For the longest time, I’ve been dying to get a septum (even before it was trendy). Unfortunately, if I pierce or tattoo anything on my body, my parents will cut me off. And I like having things like insurance and my tuition partially paid for, so I finally found the perfect faux septum piercing on Amazon and new that I had to whip it out for a shoot.

For knowledge about getting your own septum piercing, make sure to read up on the process as well as the cultural history before going under the needle.

This time around, I decided that I want to mix it up and create a simple look and let the grandeur of the locations speak for themselves. I headed to the Boston Public Library and the Fairmont Copley Plaza, two of Boston’s most iconic destinations particularly for their architecture.

If you know me personally, you know I’m obsessed with architecture. I have a leaning towards all things ornate and I’ve been known to walk into my friend’s homes and compliment their floors. You can image why I love the Instagram @ihavethisthingwithfloors.

My look this time around was simple, so instead of talking about fashion, I’m going to tell you about the architecture of these two iconic spaces.

The Boston Public Library McKim building was designed by Charles Follen McKim and is known as his “palace for the people.” The building is the “first outstanding example of Renaissance Beaux-Arts Classicism in America.” Walking through its grand halls, I felt like I was transported back to Ancient Rome, Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance and various other time periods. I’m also biased towards being enamored with this building as it’s a prime example of Italianate architecture and we know how much I love my culture.

The Fairmont Copley Plaza was designed by Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, also famous for designing New York City’s iconic Plaza Hotel. The hotel features gilded coffered ceilings and is built in the Empire style. Among some the famous guests to stay at the hotel including ever US President since Taft, the most frequented was John Singer Sargent who even painted an angel on the ceiling of the Oval Room, which was unfortunately painted over during renovations in the 1940s.

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Photography by Nicki Gitter

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