Monday, August 31, 2009

Having a Show

What better way to come back from my lovely two-week summer vacation than by announcing the Opening Reception for a solo exhibition featuring my work in Manhattan?

If you are in New York City on Thursday, September 10th, then come on down to the Mercantile Exchange Gallery at One North End Avenue in the World Financial Center between 5pm and 7pm for the Opening Reception for my exhibition: "In Public"

Monica L. Shulman Photography Solo Exhibition - Mercantile Exchange Gallery

Here is a sneak peek at the show and my artist statement:

Working It

"The world is a blank canvas and its unpredictable scenes are the strokes of color that enhance my photography. My current project entitled "In Public" is a collection of the "ordinary" yet extraordinary happenings of places that I have visited with my camera. Using composition and natural light I explore those precious, inconsequential moments of public life. There is no methodical approach in the selection of my subjects--My choices come from an intuitive place and are fueled by an insatiable curiosity to take part in stories that unfold around me. The energy that lies behind the surface of daily life and the rawness of the candid shot inspire me. The photographs are not always comfortable. They ask that we look deeper than the surface - they hold ambiguities and conflicts and they expose secrets. My images are meant to emerge without visual complications and are simply my subtle observation of my surroundings. I photograph so I can understand."

Lost in Translation

Manhattan Reds

you pick the place and I'll choose the time

If you are in the city, you can stop by the show before all the amazing events taking place that night for Fashion's Night Out...

Today's Soundtrack:
Kings of Leon - Sex on Fire
This band is my new obsession. I can't stop listening to them.

PS--I am going to make my way back to everyone's blog starting this week. I know I've been absent...and I've missed a lot!

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Friday, August 28, 2009

For the Love of Summer


Copyright Monica L. Shulman

Have you missed me? Lie and say yes even if you haven't... ;-)

As my vacation winds down and we get ready to head back to the city, I'm thinking about all of the wonderful things that make me love summer..especially summer in the country. Not that I don't love the season in my beloved city but this is my first summer vacation in the country and I think I'm in love.

So here's my little list...and, next time I check in, I'll be coming to you from Manhattan and I'll finally be sharing some photos from this lovely two week getaway.

With further ado, here is my no particular order!

1. Walking barefoot in the grass in the early morning when it is still coated with dew.

2. The smell of sunblock.

3. Feeling sand wash off your body in the shower after a long day at the beach.

3. Speaking of the beach, the coolness of freshwater on your feet as you wash your sand off before getting back in your car.

4. Staying on the beach in the evening when the sun starts to go down in the early evening.

5. The sound of crickets.

6. Picking your own corn.

7. Coming back from the beach to a delicious home-made dinner and a great bottle of wine.

8. Sleeping with the windows open.

9. Lying on your back and counting stars.

10. Dragonflies.

11. Not feeling (too) guilty about having ice cream every night.

12. Watermelon. Peaches. Plums.

13. Margaritas.

14. Jumping into waves at the beach.

15. Sangria.

This list is impossibly long so I will stop now and save some for later...

What are some of your favorite things about summer?

Happy Friday...

PS--Today is the last day to sign up for a Giveaway for one of my photos over at The Rockstar Diaries. If you haven't visited Naomi then you don't know what you're missing! I'm completely overwhelmed by the response to the giveaway...over 650 entries!

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Friday, August 21, 2009

I hate to blog and run but...

Hello, readers!

So, it's true...I really do hate to blog and run...but I'm on vacation and I'm so enjoying it! I hope you can forgive me:)

I've already spent the morning working and then I realized that I haven't blogged all days and no blogging and no blog commenting. I didn't think that I would survive it!

Truth be told, I've hardly even taken any photographs! For me that means that in a seven day period I've only taken about 100 images. That's a big deal! That's how relaxed I am and how disconnected I've been...some times it's good for you.

If you're curious to know what I've been up to, you can follow me on Twitter where I've been posting here and there:)


Here's a photo at the beach. I'm definitely going back today and tomorrow because rumor has it there's a hurricane named Bill coming and the waves and riptides are going to be pretty intense...this will make for some pretty incredible imagery.

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

Thanks for stopping by...see you in a few days.

Happy Weekend!

PS--If you're in NY on Thursday, September 10th, please save the date for my solo show at the Mercantile Exchange Gallery. You can read more about it here and look out for a post next week..or the week after depending on where I am in my on-going vacation mode:) xx

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Summer Blues...

Oh the irony of the title to today's post.

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

I feel the summer blues coming on when I know that it's about to end...when the days start to get shorter and cooler and vacations are a long way away.

But, I'm not talking about those summer blues. I'm talking about the ones that inspire us and make memories...the blues of the ocean, the blues of the sky on a beautiful summer day. Those are my favorites blues.

We're leaving a for two week vacation in East Hampton tomorrow. I plan on swimming, napping, reading, eating lots of delicious food and drinking even more delicious wine. And, I plan on taking A LOT of photographs. I took these photos in East Hampton last winter and now instead of walking on the sand with my boots and winter coat and pashmina, I'll be barefoot. Isn't that the most wonderful sensation? Sand in your toes...I love it.

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

I will be blogging but not every day...I haven't really thought about when but I will definitely be checking in. I do have some work to do while I'm away for my show in September...details to follow for the opening on Thursday, September 10th! Hope you New Yorkers can make it...

But, for the most part, this vacation is about spending time with my husband and relaxing...a lot of both.

Hope you have a fabulous two weeks...xo

Today's Soundtrack:
Belle and Sebastian - The Blues Are Still Blue

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Video on Flickr for Inspiration.

Did you know that Flickr users can also add video to the site? This is not new fact, it's very old news...but every once in a while I come across a video on there that I love. They are limited in length but sometimes all you need is a few seconds to make a strong statement. Seeing them makes me wish that I actually knew how to use the programs on my Mac.

Here are a couple of my two of my many favorites on Flickr...

Originally posted here by Lomokev.

Originally posted here by Olivia Bee.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Summer Summer Summertime...FINALLY!

It seems like summer has only just started in New York with the terrible cold and rainy weather that we have had. It's finally humid and hot in New York and the kids need a way to cool off in the big city. A lot of parents take their little ones to the fountains and it's so wonderful. I usually complain about the extreme heat but this year I'm welcoming it...maybe it has something to do with the fact that I'm leaving for a two-week vacation in three days!

It's Summer Time in New York City

I posted a few from this series before but this one is my favorite. I love how all of the kids are just doing their own thing and they are all having so much fun. Summer in the city isn't so bad when you have beautiful scenes like these.

Today's Soundtrack:
Carla Bruni - L'Amoureuse
I love the Italian First Lady of France and her fashion sense and her beautiful voice...

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Simply Mad for Mad Men

Is it August 16th yet? In (eager) anticipation of the third season of Mad Men, Vanity Fair has a wonderful editorial in the September issue written by Bruce Handy with images of January Jones and Jon Hamm as Betty and Don Draper shot by the genius: Annie Leibovitz. These images are so evocative. I feel like I am eavesdropping on an incredibly uncomfortable scene - something terribly private - yet I simply cannot tear my eyes away from it.

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

I think it is by far one of the best shows on television right now. The details are incredible - since I'm a photographer and completely obsessed with such things, I like to pause the television and study Betty and Don's bedroom (their bed is so beautiful!!) or the things sitting on Don's desk at work - no computers..just an ashtray and a small pile of papers or the scarf that Joan paired with her dress. I'm surprised they chose to do the photos of the Drapers only because all of the characters on that show are so profound and complex. I would love to have seen Ms. Leibovitz's interpretation of Pete and Peggy or Joan. Or, Roger that silver fox (yum). It's difficult to choose a favorite character but mine is Joan - read this article about Christina Hendricks in New York magazine. I love her strength and wit and charm. Do you watch it? Who is your favorite character?

Vanity Fair

See a behind the scenes vid about the shoot here.

Vanity Fair

You really should head over to Vanity Fair to read the entire article but in the meantime, here is an excerpt:

"Set in an advertising agency in the early 1960s, Mad Men debuted two summers ago and right off the bat earned itself two Golden Globes and a Peabody Award, and was nominated for 16 Emmys, becoming the first basic-cable series to win for outstanding drama. Its second season, no sophomore slump, has been nominated for another 16 Emmys, including best drama and four out of five possible writing nominations. A more interesting measure of the show’s impact is the fact that its title has become a kind of shorthand: you can now talk about a Mad Men skirt or lampshade or pickup line where once you might have used “space age” or “Kennedy era” or “Neanderthal.” But while the show, like its subject, has many surface pleasures—period design, period bad behavior (if you like high modernism, narrow lapels, bullet bras, smoking, heavy drinking at lunch, good hotel sex, and bad office sex, this is the series for you)—at its core Mad Men is a moving and sometimes profound meditation on the deceptive allure of surface, and on the deeper mysteries of identity. The dialogue is almost invariably witty, but the silences, of which there are many, speak loudest: Mad Men is a series in which an episode’s most memorable scene can be a single shot of a woman at the end of her day, rubbing the sore shoulder where a bra strap has been digging in. There’s really nothing else like it on television."

Vanity Fair

Today's Soundtrack:

Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis
This was one of the top 100 songs of 1962 - the year that the last season of Mad Men took place. I love it still - it's timeless. Elvis died the year I was born.

Vanity Fair

All photos via The Beauty File via Vanity Fair.

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Burn. Baby. Burn.

Do you like photography? Even if this is your first visit to my little blog you know I do. I love it, in fact. What better way to start another week than to study some beautiful visual work?

One place that you must visit is the website for Burn magazine. I'm not sure why I haven't mentioned this site here before since it's a daily visit for me. Burn is an evolving journal for emerging photographers curated by Magnum photographer, and (one of) my personal photography hero, David Alan Harvey. He doesn't know it but he is my mentor. His work is so motivates me and inspires me beyond words. In fact, words aren't even necessary...they are irrelevant. You'd have to go look to see what I mean.

Today's post isn't about Mr. Harvey - it's about his magazine but he definitely deserves a place here so that's to come...

In the meantime, spend some time on Burn - it is impossible not to be moved by what you see there.

Tuscany Street 2009 by Clara Rojas
Tuscany Street 2009 by Clara Rojas

Snapshot on the Road by Marcin Łuczkowski
Snapshot on the Road by Marcin Łuczkowski

Midnight Kiss, Avenue C by Chris Bickford
Midnight Kiss, Avenue C by Chris Bickford

Mr. Walker by John Gladdy
Mr. Walker by John Gladdy

As Light Shines on thy Thigh by Anton Kusters

As Light Shines on thy Thigh by Anton Kusters

All photos are via Burn and are the property of the individual photographers listed here and there. Visit the site to learn more about each piece.

Happy Monday!

Today's Soundtrack:

Tears For Fears - Everybody Wants To Rule The World

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Friday, August 07, 2009

Remembering John Hughes...

I'm so sad by the death of John Hughes. I heard about it on Twitter and announced it in the middle of the sushi restaurant where we were waiting for our dinner. There was a collective sigh from all the people in the place.

Sixteen Candles

I know a lot of people have been saying this and it is so true...his films shaped my childhood. The first time I saw Ferris Bueller's Day Off was at a sleepover in the house I grew up in. The first time I saw Sixteen Candles was on a cable channel with about 800 commercials - we rented it a few days later and watched it again and again.


And the Breakfast Club..."he'll get up! we'll all get up! "it'll be anarchy!"

And Some Kind of Wonderful...Watts is putting on the diamond earrings says..."What do you think?" Keith replies..."You look good wearing my future." I just saw this movie for the millionth time the other day and I still got the goosebumps...

Do you have a favorite quote?

I came across this deeply moving tribute to Mr. Hughes via Gawker. You cannot miss it.

Some Kind of Wonderful

The Breakfast Club

Pretty in Pink

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One Week Until Vacation!

In one week we will be going to the beach. I am so excited for this vacation that I can hardly put into words...therefore, I will express it through my photos.

We're going to East Hampton for two glorious weeks to go to he beach, cook fresh food from the farm stand, stay up late drinking wine under a blanket of stars, ride bikes, go for long walks and just relax.

I'll be blogging while I'm there but definitely not every day...I need to really disconnect...but I can promise that I'll be out taking A LOT of photographs.

Here are some of my favorite from this beautiful place...

Making the Right Choice

Happy Friday!

Lines in the Sand

No Horizon

Sunny Ripeness

Today's Soundtrack:
Rock Kills Kid - Paralyzed

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

Sos el paisaje más soñado

Ride It

well hung


mereces lo que sueñas

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