Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween and the City

In Manhattan, instead of ringing doorbells, kids go into pizzerias, restaurants, delis and even gyms, to trick or treat. In many buildings across the city there is a list of apartments that hand out candy so kids will only ring the bells of those neighbors who are participating in the holiday - there is only one child who lives in our building and she's only nine months old. I'm glad not to buy any candy because if I did I'd spend a week stuffing myself with it!

We went out for dinner in the East Village tonight at Buenos Aires - a fantastic restaurant. We sat next to a lovely family - mom, dad and daughter. She was still wearing her costume...her sequined and polyester dress was worn over a pair of comfy sweatpants and her make-up was almost gone. She was five years old and D complimented her outfit. He told her the Empire State Building was orange tonight for Halloween. Her face lit up and her dad said that they'd go to the roof when they got home to see it. D explained that it changes color for the different holidays. She was really into it. Her face lit up! I asked "are you a mermaid?" - she said, "yes, I'm a mermaid and an owl and a zombie...all at the same time" So creative! She was the sweetest thing. Her mermaid tail was dragging behind her and her face was all white like a zombie and she showed me her headband with feathers all over it. As they were leaving she said that we didn't need to order dessert because it's Halloween. She offered me a KitKat and D got a fortune cookie - only in New York. I'm having my KitKat for breakfast!

These are all straight from the camera.

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I loathe narcissism, but I approve of vanity.

Diana Vreeland

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Happy Halloweena

I didn't even take this photo but I can't help but post it. My sister dresses her in these outfits make my heart melt. The other day she had tights on with butterflies and the day after that stripes and the day after that cupcakes. She finds the BEST things. This little girl wears dresses and tights every day. It's no surprise that she is a beautiful little lady bug for her first Halloween.

I'm wearing my wig out to dinner tonight and that's the extent of my costume. What are you dressing up as for Halloween?

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It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Every season is the best season in New York City. Spring is for tulips on Park Avenue and the promise of a beautiful summer. Summer means long lunches, weekends at street fairs and dinners on outdoor patios. Autumn in New York is full of possibilities. Leaves falling off the trees mean that winter will soon be upon us and the holidays are on their way. Thanksgiving dinner and dessert (the one time of year when I don't feel guilty about all that cheesecake and pecan pie...and chocolate, warm apple pie, pumpkin pie, Christmas cookies...), shopping, lighting Hannakuh candles, buying a Christmas tree on the corner of where you live, spending time with friends and family, hot cider at the holiday markets in Union Square and Columbus Circle, gingerbread lattes at Starbucks, 8 million additional tourists on your block alone, ice-skating at Wollman Rink and Rock Center, holiday window displays at Saks, Barney's and Bloomingdale's...the list is endless.

But, before we can get to all the holiday, winter wonderland goodness, New Yorkers have autumn to enjoy. Yesterday and today I went to one of my most favorite places in all the city - Central Park. I honestly do not think that I have ever seen Manhattan as beautiful as I've seen it this week. Everything around is glowing. In a few weeks there will be no leaves left and all this gold and ruby red will be gone. The trees will be bare and hopefully, if we're lucky, we'll get some snow and the time to enjoy it before it turns to brown mush. In the meantime, I'm drinking in the colors of fall, the fresh crisp air and the sounds of fallen leaves beneath my boots.

What's your favorite season?

photoshoot in the park

bubble machine

A nice guy was selling those big bubble machines. No one but me paid any attention to him. It was school day. :)

Manhattan Bride on a Thursday in Central Park

Incidentally, I was pleasantly surprised to see three brides and three grooms at the park today...especially because it is a Thursday.

I haven't added a soundtrack in a while...what's up with that?

Today's soundtrack

Blue Chair - Morcheeba

ps--I obviously went a little bananas with the photo posting today but I'm just so inspired by it. I hope you enjoy.

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

ExpoArt Montreal

Just a photo of moi with my work on the wall at ExpoArt Maun-ray-ahl last weekend.


Oh, and, for good measure (and to fuel my obsession) here's a photo of me with my biggest fan at the show too.

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I love love.

Don't you?

More out-takes from the wedding two weeks ago.

I'm shooting an engagement party this weekend. Stay tuned for those. :)

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Another Person

All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person's mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time's relentless melt.

Susan Sontag

memento mori

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my niece might be trying to kill me

Why else would she behave this way? :)

Here she is with my dad, her Abuelo.

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