Cover Make Over – American Beauty

1999 Cult classic American Beauty is a satirical lookΒ atΒ American middle class notions of beauty and personal satisfaction; written by Alan Ball and directed by Sam Mendes. At the 72 nd Academy Awards the following year, the film won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (for Spacey), Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography. It was nominated for and won many other awards and honours, mainly for the direction, writing and acting.

If you are unfamiliar with the plot, there is a great summary found here. But basically Lester is a middle age Ad Man from the burbs who hates his job, his wife is having an affair, his neighbours are all crackers and he is obsessed with his teenage daughters best friend and has sexual fantasies about her, often containing rose petals. He loses his job, almost his marriage, has a mid life crisis, takes up drugs and buys his dream car…….then it gets interesting. I won’t give away the rest.

Anyway I picked this movie poster, because there is already several different versions made, and mocked (have a look on Google), I thought it might be interesting to see what everyone comes up with. And don’t forget the cover does not have to be literal………………American Beauty can be about whatever you think it needs to be.

So this is my version, I wanted something pretty and light, as juxtaposed from the plot line. This is Model Jema from my Hosier Lane shoot a few weeks ago and one of my still life roses…….given a pencil drawing treatment.

American Beauty

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-Julz