Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Made in Itary

Fakes are NEVER in Fashion. Yes, that's Fashion with a capital "F".

The Harper's Bazaar Fakes Are Never In Fashion™ campaign is dedicated to exposing the criminal activities connected to the sale of counterfeit luxury goods—child labor, drug trafficking, and even terrorism.

Plus, they are hideous and they smell like dirty, old plastic.

Fakes Are Never in Fashion

Today's soundtrack:
The Fray-Over My Head

These images were taken in Rome but I saw the bags in every city we visited...even in the tiniest towns of Tuscany.

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Monday, March 30, 2009

Airing Out Your (Clean) Laundry

I became quite obsessed with windows and fresh laundry in Italy.

This is the color version of my current banner...Another thing that I've become obsessed with...constantly changing my banner.

Happy Monday folks!

And...congratulations to Valerie from one of my favorite places,
Being Red, who won my one year blogoversary giveaway! Valerie, please head over to my shop and choose any print that is not in a limited edition:) Congratulations and thanks for participating, dear. And, thanks to all of you who signed up.

Today's soundtrack:

Coldplay - Glass of Water

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Made of Stone But Full of Life

I was completely fascinated by the jewels we found in the Vatican Museum. We hired a guide to take us through the museum, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's. I was already so enamored by the Eternal City that I honestly thought I would faint from excitement in Vatican City. I felt like that character that Kristen Wiig (LOVE HER) plays on SNL. The one who freaks out about surprise parties and weddings and pretty much everything. Okay, maybe not quite as nuts but I was so completely overwhelmed.

These marble statues seemed to be breathing. Their expressions were so clear and nuanced. The muscles on their bodies and the looks on their faces...it was like at any moment they would come to life and start telling their stories.

How I felt there is nothing compared to how I felt when we stared up at the masterpiece that is the Sistine Chapel. Our necks were strained and in fact it's a great thing that they don't permit photography in there - I needed to experience it and not have my camera glued to my face (Mr. S and I are two of the tourists who actually obeyed that rule).

What a magical place.


Today's Soundtrack:
Moby - Porcelain

Nice Tushy

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Look Into It

A photograph is usually looked at - seldom looked into. Ansel Adams

Today is going to be one of those days. I feel it. I'm hoping for the best because yesterday was pretty amazing but today...I just have too much on my list and I am feeling like I'm getting pushed in too many directions...kind of like the waves and foam in this wild, winter ocean.

At least it's Friday!

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Exercise Your Right...To Show Me Some Love.

If you follow this blog you might know that I regularly send my work for juried contests and for the chance to be published (you can click here or
here if you'd like to see)...

Well, I've recently submitted four images to the PDN Faces contest. This is my first time submitting and this year, in addition to the regular categories, there is a People's Choice Award.

Can you kindly exercise your right to vote and to show me some love and head on over there and vote for my work? I will love you forever if you do. Ah, hell, you know I'm going to love you forever regardless but it would make me really happy if you voted. Pretty please. :)

Click here!

.Camuflaje Eficaz.

Click here!

some days.

Click here!

A Place of Worship

Click here!

hay milonga de amor

Thank you!

Today's soundtrack:

Nouvelle Vague - Ever Fallen in Love

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Diary of a Random Hipster

I took these as we crossed the Arno in Florence. We asked another tourist to take our photo and then we noticed this guy taking his own photo on the other side of the bridge. The person taking our photo couldn't figure out my camera and I was growing impatient because I thought I'd miss my chance to capture this guy on his quest to take the best and coolest arms-length self-portrait.

I have to find him on Facebook and give these to him.

Where are you hipster guy?


Happy Hump Day!

Today's soundtrack:
My Life Would Suck Without You - Kelly Clarkson

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Air Dry

Every time I passed by a window like this I hoped that the owner of the clothes would pop their head out. That would have made for a much more interesting image. But, I will settle for this. If you haven't guessed this - I am my own worst enemy and I find myself thinking that something, anything would be perfect or "even better" if _________, ____________ or _____________. For example, if the person who hung these were in the photo, I'd probably process it in black and white. I'm working on not being like this but old dog, new tricks...you know.

When we were little my sister and I would play running through the sheets that my mother hung to dry in the backyard. We would play this game where we would run and run and shout "where are you?!" and we would laugh and laugh. I've no idea why that was so funny to us...it just was. The rows of sheets and clothes seemed endless even though there were only 4 or 5 of them.

My sheets always smelled like summer and better than any dryer sheet. Our sheets were stark white because they had been bleached by the sun. No one hangs their sheets anymore..at least not in NYC or in Long Island where we grew up.

In Rome, you see this every where you go. I realize that it's likely because they don't have a dryer, can't afford one, don't have space for one, or whatever but it really does take me back to something simpler when the biggest worry of my day was whether my sister would find me first or whether I would win and tickle her until she begged for mercy.

Today's soundtrack:
The Shins - Turn on Me

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Happy! Happy! Blogoversary! to me...and you! It's Giveaway Time!!

Ciao, Chessa! is one year old today. Wowsa.

Lately I've been having this dreadful feeling that life is just passing through my fingers. Do you feel that way? How is it March 23rd already? And, how have I been blogging here for 365 days?

I wasn't sure what I would do with this place when I decided to start. I looked at it as simply another venue for my photography but it has evolved into so much more. I have grown so much as a photographer and as a writer and I think I really found my true voice. One of the reasons why I was hesitant to start this blog was because I felt very wary about "putting myself out there" - I put that in quotes because every time someone asked me why I don't blog, that was the response I gave them.

I really love it here. I have met so many wonderful people via blogging and I have found so much inspiration from all of you. Thank you! I'm excited to see where Chessa! goes and I'm even more thrilled to know that I have all of you by my side for the adventure.

In honor of this first blogoversary I'm having a very special giveaway! One lucky reader will win the chance to choose ANY 8x12* or 8x10* print from my Etsy shop! Yes, you heard (umm, read) right my friends...it is your choice! I'll be announcing the winner next Monday, March 30th.

Here is a (small) preview of what you will find over at my shop:

Happy Earth Day

Lines in the Sand

on the way up and down


walking from the past

I wish you all a marvelous day! And, THANK YOU again for everything! xx

Today's soundtrack:
Coldplay - Viva la Vida

*Because I'm a lawyer by training, I have to point out that the size will depend on the print:) I will let you know the size depending on which image is selected!

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Only Love Can Leave Such a Mark

Pursue It

We finally bought the new u2 cd yesterday. I've been doing that lately - buying the cds instead of using Limewire or Itunes. There's something about holding that little plastic case in your hands and flipping through the book that I love and that I missed from getting music online. I think the photograph on the front cover looks a lot like this photo that I took on a misty day in Montauk last winter. Bono, Edge, Adam and Larry, I just want you to know that my schedule is open for you whenever you need me. ;-) No, seriously, call me.

I'm feeling very nostalgic today and not least of all because tomorrow is the one year anniversary of this blog - my first blogoversary! I'm announcing a very special giveaway in honor of this blogoversary so be sure to check back tomorrow to learn more. I'll also be continuing the week with more photos from our trip to
Italy. So...I'll be busy here at Ciao, Chessa! Stay tuned...and, in the meantime, enjoy this wonderful Sunday afternoon.

Today's soundtrack:
Magnificent -

I think that this is one of my favorite songs on No Line on the Horizon. I'm sure the song is about Bono's relationship with God but as for me, I interpret it to be about the relationship we have with ourselves. The way we beat ourselves up and somehow summon the strength to be proud of ourselves and our accomplishments. I am my own worst enemy but every once in a while, I realize that I do the best I can and I should be glad for that. I suppose this is the intention of all of U2's music - to be able to find whatever meaning you want and that it can be universal. Of course that interpretation can change. The song really has multiple meanings.

The only other person who this can possibly be about for me is my husband. I love him so much and get so much of my strength and drive from him. This week a friend was telling me that he realized that he loves his girlfriend. This wouldn't be anything particularly remarkable except that he told me that he's never felt that way about anyone. I'm just getting to know this person but somehow I think that this is true and I can sense his sincerity. I told him that I knew I first loved Mr. S when I realized that I wanted to be a better woman because of him and for him. Not just for me because that's a given - but, for him; because of him, as well. Is there anything more? I'm not sure there is.

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