Friday, January 29, 2010

Cold on the Beach

If you've visited my blog before you may have heard me profess my love for the beach in winter before. I love it so much. I love the quiet - how such a beautiful and magical place looks abandoned - how the howling wind sounds almost like a lullaby.

We're going back to that amazing place this weekend. This is what it looked like through my lens a couple of weeks ago...

happy weekend! What are you up to?

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

Today's Soundtrack:
Jeff Buckley - Last Goodbye
By the way, one of my all-time-favorite songs. Probably in my top 10.

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Rumble Art 2010 Santa Barbara

From February 4th to February 14th, four of my images will be installed at
Rumble Art in Santa Barbara, California. As Santa Barbara's international contemporary art fair, Rumble Art is creating a rumble in the art world by breaking down barriers between artists and the public, sparking new dialogue on world affairs through art, and raising funds to improve local and global human welfare - all while presenting one of the premier art events on the West Coast. Rumble Art 2010 coincides with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and forms a cornerstone of a burgeoning winter arts season in the city.

RumbleArt Santa Barbara 2010

This is what the organizers say on their website:

"Unlike typical art fairs, we showcase cutting-edge individual artists directly, connecting artists' visions with art buyers and a culturally curious public in an invigorating setting. Each year, Rumble hosts a selection of paintings, drawings, photography, sculptures, film, and mixed media works from local and international artists for this groundbreaking exhibition. In addition, Rumble Art produces a variety of programs and events throughout the year, including film screenings and art shows, to provide an open forum for the creative mind and to foster a more expansive interest in the visual arts."

I'm so thrilled to participate and of course jumped at the opportunity when I was approached by the curators of the fair.

I am also very excited because each year, Rumble Art donates a portion of the proceeds from all sales to charitable groups in an effort to foster social change through art. This year donations will be made to The Unity Shoppe of Santa Barbara and the Janada L. Batchelor Foundation for Children in Tanzania.

Rumble Art is funded in part by the Community Events & Festivals Program using funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission.

I am showing two color and two black and white pieces:

If you're in the area, you should stop in and check it out...and let me know how it all looks!

Hot Purple Lips

Working It

hay milonga de amor

La Cosa Nostra

Today's Soundtrack:
Thievery Corporation - Resolution

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Not So Secret Corners

Yesterday I shared a few images from my archives from our visit to Italy last March. I talked about my love for those little lost corners in faraway cities that make you feel like you are the only person in the world. Sometimes when I'm walking down a busy street here at home in New York City I think back to those quiet places and the way the light bounced off the buildings on the narrow walk. I think about the flower boxes and the laundry hanging in the window...all the signs of life in a place that was so quiet and seemingly deserted that it didn't seem possible.

So, I went back to my archives and found these two very different photos that sort of relay the same idea. One of them has people in it but for the twenty minutes that Mr. S and I stood there (and it really was about twenty minutes because I have to get "my shot" and because he has more patience - when it comes to me - than anyone I've ever known and because it was just so pretty where we were that we couldn't help it) they were the only people who walked by.

How can it be that I miss these gems in my many rounds of processing? I suppose it is bound to happen when you travel for two weeks and shoot thousands of images while you're where ever you are. It has been nearly a year since our trip to Italy and I'm still finding these photos that give me a bit of the goosebumps but that for some reason, at the time, didn't really say much to me.

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

Today's Soundtrack:
Coldplay - Strawberry Swing

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Secret Corners

I went back to my archives and found these images that I took in Italy last year. I fell in love with all of the secret corners of Florence. When you come upon a place like this and all you see are dancing lights and shadows, you feel like you might be the only person to have ever been there. You find yourself in the middle of a bustling and deeply historic city but there is not another person in sight and it's so quiet you can hear your own heartbeat. But, you know that someone lives there and that maybe just a second before you got there someone turned the corner out of sight.

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

Today's Soundtrack:
Gustavo Cerati - Deja Vu

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Monday, January 25, 2010

It's an Honor Just to Have Been Nominated - The Black and Spider Awards

This weekend I got some exciting news in my inbox from the people over at the
Black and White Spider Awards. This year I was a
Professional Nominee in the Silhouette Category!

Monica L. Shulman - Professional Nominee - Silhouette Category - 5th Annual Black and White Spider Awards

For five years, the Black and White Spider Awards has been committed to bringing world-class Juries selected from the most respected names in the industry. Today it is recognized around the world as the most renowned body of its kind, dedicated to honoring the highest achievements in black & white photography.

Members of the Judging Panel review entries and judge the images based on artistic merit, originality, subject, style and ultimately decide the winners. The impressive list of Judges include a who's who of the photography industry including David Clarke, Head of Tate Photography, Tate Gallery, London; Dr Juliet Hacking, Program Director, Sotheby's Institute of Art; Michael Shulman (no relation), Director Publishing, Magnum Photos, New York; Deborah Harris, Managing Director,
The Armory Show Modern, New York; Darren Ching, Creative Director, Photo District News (PDN); and, Kristín Hauksdóttir, Head of Collection, Reykjavík Museum of Photography, Iceland.

To say that I'm honored to even have been nominated is a huge understatement. I am completely humbled and somewhat speechless. I can't express how much it means to me have my work evaluated in such a way by the caliber of the judges involved in this competition. I feel elated to have been considered and to be among such talented people. The submitted work is simply beautiful and so evocative. Photography is my profession and my passion and honors such as this one are a major source of inspiration for me...not to mention validation! I even got to send in a "Red Carpet" speech!

You should definitely take the time to check out all the other nominees and the winners. The work is simply outstanding.
My image is shown in the Online Winner's Gallery.

shadows of ourselves.

Today's Soundtrack:
Madonna - Spanish Lesson

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Friday Inspiration

I've been meaning to take some self-portraits. My belly is growing (albeit slowly) and all I have are some headless iPhone snapshots. I will get around to it soon, perhaps this weekend.

In the meantime, here's some oldies but goodies. I took these of myself on the same rainy afternoon a while ago and now they are inspiring me to get back to it.

Happy Friday...

Copyright 2008 Monica L. Shulman

quiet nights of quiet stars

Today's Soundtrack:
"We Looked Like Giants" by Death Cab for Cutie

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Phil Toledano

I came across Phil Toledano's work a while ago. His work really varies and he has been published in a number of different publications from the New York Times to Vanity Fair but it was his project "Days With My Father" that most drew me to his work and that made me want to learn more. I first saw the project several months ago and I was thrilled when I saw one of the images from the project in my inbox courtesy of my daily email update from Flak Photo.

I've talked about my love for Flak Photo here before and yesterday it was affirmed. Tonight on Facebook, Flak Photo's Andy Adams
is hosting a live, interactive Q&A with Phil and members of the Flak Photo Fan Page. The Q&A started last night and it was awesome. Phil was answering questions real-time and the questions were not just about "Days With My Father" and the recent publication of the collection in a book but they ranged from his past projects to his new book to future gallery shows to inspiration.

If you're on Facebook I highly recommend you join the Flak Photo Fan Page to join in the discussion tonight either actively or passively and also to learn more about Flak Photo and check out all the cool photography-related links posted there.

In the meantime, take a look at these photos by Phil Toledano and read this text that I copied from his website describing "Days With My Father".


My Mum died suddenly on September 4th, 2006

After she died, I realized how much she’d been shielding me from my father’s mental state. He didn’t have Alzheimers, but he had no short-term memory, and was often lost.

I took him to the funeral, but when we got home, he’d keep asking me every 15 minutes where my mother was. I had to explain over and over again, that she had died.

This was shocking news to him.

Why had no-one told him?
Why hadn’t I taken him to the funeral?
Why hadn’t he visited her in the hospital?

He had no memory of these events.

After a while, I realized I couldn’t keep telling him that his wife had died. He didn’t remember, and it was killing both of us, to constantly re-live her death.

I decided to tell him she’d gone to Paris, to take care of her brother, who was sick.

‘Days with my father’ is a journal.

A record of our relationship, and the time we spent over the last three years.


Published by Chronicle Books in 2010.






All images Copyright Phillip Toledano

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Street Style

One of the reasons why I love living in New York (one of the many) is how eclectic and stylish the people are. I admire fellow New Yorkers and their clothes, their accessories, the way they carry themselves...everything. I especially love when I see someone wearing something totally out there and inspired (or something crazy...)You just get everything here in Manhattan. No one knows how to capture these looks like The Sartorialist, Mr. Scott Schuman. If his blog isn't already on your daily reading list then you are definitely missing out. He takes his camera with him every where he goes and his blog includes fabulous looks from fabulous people from many places including my hometown, Italy and France.

And, thanks to the January print issue of Marie Claire I recently discovered the blogs of Garance Dore and Tommy Ton. Both bring street style from their corners of the world and wowsa...the clothes! the accessories! the shoes! the details!

Garance Dore is a French illustrator who created her blog to share her drawings but it was her photographs of people at fashion shows that really brought people to her space. She's so talented that Gap presented a pop-up exhibit of her sketches and limited edition t-shirts.

The photos on Tommy Ton's site Jak and Jil make it seem like every week is fashion week.

...just get your eyes reading for some serious inspiration and some really fabulous street style photography...and a few other marvelous things.

The following images are via The Sartorialist





The following images are via Garance Dore




The following images are via Jak and Jil




Today's Soundtrack:
Moby - Extreme Ways

I LOVE the Bourne movies. Can you tell?

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Charity Print Auctions to Benefit the People of Haiti

Flickr members have organized a group dedicated to raising money to benefit the people of Haiti in the wake of the disastrous and tragic earthquake that hit the country last week.

I am auctioning an 8in x 10in size print of this image to benefit the people of Haiti. This is a digital c-print printed on archival Professional Kodak Matte Lustre paper. BIDDING STARTS AT JUST $10USD.

Charity Print Auctions to Benefit the People of Haiti


In order to participate and make a bid, please click on the photo above and leave a comment with your offer. If you wish to leave a comment here for the bidding, please leave your email address so that I can copy your comment onto the Flickr page.


Please just email me with a bid and I will place the bid in the comments on your behalf:

The bidding will end on January 26, 2010 at 9am EST. At this time, I will contact the person who bid the highest amount so that they can donate the sum to a legitimate charity involved in the effort for earthquake relief in Haiti. On proof of donation (please take a screen grab of your donation confirmation page!) I will print the image and ship it to the winner.

I will pay for the print to be produced and pay for shipping.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. My email addresses are: OR

You may also choose to bid on any of the other beautiful images posted to the group...Please check it out!

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Friday, January 15, 2010

The People of Haiti Need Our Help

The images shared on this post show the destruction caused by the earthquake in Haiti. Some of the images shared on this post are graphic. If you do not wish to see them, please stop reading. All images via

Tuesday afternoon, January 12th, the worst earthquake in 200 years - 7.0 in magnitude - struck less than ten miles from the Caribbean city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Two days later some of the massive damage is becoming more apparent. Rescue teams are arriving, aid groups are trying their best to battle huge logistical challenges, bodies are being identified and some medical care is being given. Rescue teams from all over the world have joined the recovery effort, as the United States pledged $100 million in relief efforts. The people of Haiti need our help.

All images (and more) and certain text via
The Big Picture Blog on Each image is Copyright the individual photographers and organizations listed on


Text Haiti to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross.

Not sure how you can help? Click here to be directed to, here to be directed to Plant Green and here to be directed to WBZ, an affiliate of CBS, to find out.

Click on any of the following links for updates and information:
The Lede, New York Times Blog

Text Haiti to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross.

Not sure how you can help? Click here to be directed to,here to be directed to Plant Green and here to be directed to WBZ, an affiliate of CBS, to find out.

Click on any of the following links for updates and information:
The Lede, New York Times Blog

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