Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Summer Spectators in the City

I can hardly believe that summer is almost officially over. Here in New York we usually get lucky and the hot days continue well into September - I think a lot of New Yorkers will welcome the fall this year not only because it's one of the most beautiful times of year here but also because this has been one damn hot summer! Lucia was actually born in the middle of a crazy heat wave and as soon as the temperature hovered around 90 instead of 100 we took her out for a little while for some fresh air in the early morning and late afternoon.

This baby loves to be outdoors! We go out every single day at least once and she really enjoys cruising around in her stroller and in her baby bjorn carrier (that thing is like a mute button for her!) This week I'm planning on walking her over to Washington Square Park. We can sit in the shade and watch and listen to the big kids splashing around in the fountain.

I took this photo last year at the park. It was part of an Urban Summer series that I worked and when she's bigger I'll take her there so she can splash around but for now we'll just be spectators to all the summer fun.

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Instant Photos? Yes, please!

I have definitely professed my undying love for Photojojo here before. I mean as a photographer, photo enthusiast and lover of cool stuff, how can I not love Photojojo? Impossible.

When I saw this post on their newsletter in my inbox last week I literally "woohoo"ed!

Yes, I have my old school polaroid (that I'm not sure even works anymore but is sitting prominently in my office) but sometimes we all need an upgrade. Enter
Fuji’s Instax 210 Wide Format Instant Camera. How awesome is this?

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Like the great people at Photojojo said: This insta-sharp-shooter promises all the best of its instant photo predecessors, and then some:

You get the magic moment of watching a photo develop right before your eyes and the added bonus of gorgeous, colorful wide prints! (Not to mention easy-to-find film!)

In 5 minutes, you’ll have prints ready to color your wall, decorate your desk, and pretty much make life happier in general.

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Mine should arrive any day now. Woohoo!

Photos via Photojojo.

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Friday, August 27, 2010

wonderful, random, little things

I haven't had much time to comment on my favorite blogs lately but I've definitely been reading - in between naps and feedings and long walks in the park.

One of my favorite bloggers, Emily of the lovely and amazing
Cupcakes and Cashmere, recently blogged about the opposite of "pet peeves" - you know, those little things that annoy us so much we can't stand it. Well, there's no word for the opposite of that. It's sad that there is no word to describe the wonderful, random, little things that make us happy. It seems to be so much more socially acceptable to just complain about those things that bother us rather than to celebrate those that bring us joy. Why? She pointed this out and all I could think was - she is SO right! She made a list of those things that make her happy and I spent two days thinking about mine. Of course the more I thought about it, the more I realized that my list of "little things" is quite long.

Here are just a few of these simple moments that make me smile, make me happy and are just awesome for me.

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Husband and me at the wedding of two of our closest friends.

1. When my baby girl smiles when I go to pick her up.

2. Hearing my husband talk to the baby when I’m in the other room.

3. Watching her look at every little thing with so much wonder.

4. When I catch my husband looking at me with a smile on his face.

5. The smell and feel of a fresh manicure.

6. Sleeping with the windows open on the first warm night and feeling the breeze on my face.

7. The first sound of a cicada in summer

8. Feeling of my feet sinking in the sand when the surf goes back out after a wave.

9. Fresh sheets

10. Falling asleep to the sound of rain.

11. The quiet that seems to fall over everything during a snow storm.

12. Finding a parking space right in front of my building.

13. Not getting a ticket when I haven’t paid the meter.

14. When a train arrives just when you go through the turnstyle.

15. When a song that I haven’t heard in a long time comes up randomly on a playlist.

16. Driving with the windows down.

17. Looking at photographs on my couch or in album rather than online.

18. The way my mom and dad's house smells.

19. The sound of windchimes.

20. Hearing kids laughing and playing in the park next door to my building from my 8th floor apartment.

What's on your list?

Happy Friday!

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Aaron Feaver

Aaron Feaver is currently one of my favorite photographers. Check out his work. It's inspiring, sexy, modern...pretty amazing.

Oh, and he's on Flickr, too.

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All images Copyright Aaron Feaver.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wedding Days

You might know that I moonlight as a wedding photographer. Well, I do! I shoot parties in the same style as I shoot my fine art photography and all of my street photography work. I like to capture those moments when you don't know that I'm looking - I create stories with my images while photographing my favorite subject - every day people doing every day things.

I'm currently booking parties for the fall. Of course I took the entire summer and all of September off to be with my baby but by early October I know that I'll be ready to get back to working at these celebrations that I love. I mostly shoot small affairs but I can accommodate larger parties as well. Let's discuss!

Here's a sneak peek...

oh, and by the way, most of my clients tend to love black and white as much as I do...





Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Destroy This Memory

This week marks the five year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Photographer Richard Misrach went to New Orleans armed with his 4 MP pocket camera to chronicle the after effects of the hurricane. What resulted is a haunting collection of images illustrating the lives and experiences of the people of a community left to fend itself published in the book Destroy This Memory. The images were created between October and December 2005.

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Misrach also conceived an exhibition of these photographs to be presented at five major museums across the country. The five participating museums to whom Misrach donated this extraordinary group of images are the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the New Orleans Museum of Art.

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Two of the shows will open to mark the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The New Orleans Museum of Art presents: Untitled [New Orleans and the Gulf Coast 2005] from August 28 through October 24, 2010. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents Richard Misrach: Katrina from August 7 through October 31, 2010.

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You can purchase the book directly from the Aperture Foundation.

Here is a description of the book directly from the Exposures Blog.

Richard Misrach's Destroy This Memory is an affecting reminder of the physical and psychological impact of Hurricane Katrina. Rather than simply surveying the damage, Misrach—who has photographed the region regularly since the 1970s, most notably for his ongoing Cancer Alley project—found himself drawn to the hurricane-inspired graffiti: messages scrawled in spray paint, crayons, chalk, or whatever materials happened to be on hand. At turns threatening, desperate, clinical, and even darkly humorous, the phrases he captured—the only text that appears in the book—offer unique and revealing human perspectives on the devastation and shock left in the wake of this disaster.

Artist's royalties for this project are being donated to the Make It Right Foundation, which is currently rebuilding the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans.

Richard Misrach (born in Los Angeles, 1949) is credited with helping pioneer the renaissance of color photography and large-scale presentation in the 1970s. He has exhibited extensively, and his work is held in the permanent collections of prestigious institutions. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship. Misrach is represented by Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco; Pace-MacGill Gallery, New York; and Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles. He lives in Berkeley, California.

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Self-Searching

Happy Monday!

I'm starting the week off on a high note...first of all my baby slept for six continuous hours two nights in a row and I just learned that an image that I submitted to a call by The Vermont Photography Workplace/PhotoPlace Gallery entitled Self-Searching: The Art of Self-Portraiture was selected for the Online Gallery Annex. The call was juried by none other than Aline Smithson , an incredible photographer and one whom I've admired for a very long time.

I am honored that she selected one of my images and I'm humbled to be in the company of such talented photographers. The selections will be published in a book by Blurb. Take some time to check out the images - they are all published here.

The image chosen is titled Camouflage. I took it during a time when I was trying to figure out what to do with my professional life. I really felt like I was hiding behind myself but I wasn't sure who that was - either way I felt like I was still me but in the middle of a big change.

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This is the juror's statement directly from the site...

Within the genre of photographic self-portraiture can be found some of the most probing, surprising, and thoughtful images in the history of the medium. For "Self-Searching" juror Aline Smithson chose forty photos for exhibition at the Vermont Photography Workplace's PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont. She also selected an additional thirty-five images for inclusion in the "On-Line Gallery Annex." All seventy-five photographs will be reproduced in a full-color exhibition catalogue that will be available for purchase directly from Blurb Books. To see work selected for the Gallery exhibition and the On-Line Gallery Annex, please scroll down.

Juror's statement:


I used to hate self-portraits. Let me clarify that statement and say, I used to hate the idea of creating my own self portraits, but I have come to discover that turning the camera on oneself can be tremendously insightful and can be one of the most interesting genres of photography.

Determining selections for Self-Searching: The Art of Self Portraiture was one of the more difficult assignments I’ve had as an editor or juror. After spending time with the work, I felt connected to each photographer and was so impressed by the incredible and inventive ways of exploring the self. Thank you for your efforts and your creativity, but more importantly, thank you for sharing your dreams, your humor, your intimacies, your pain, your bodies, your struggles, and well, yourselves. There were so many terrific images that I couldn’t fit into the exhibition and I’m sorry not to include them. I selected work that gave me insight into a person, and work that was poignant, sophisticated, and told me a story.

I hope you will continue to spend time creating self-portraits as a way defining yourself, if even for a split second.

Juror: Aline Smithson . After a career as a New York Fashion Editor and working along side the greats of fashion photography, Aline Smithson discovered the family Rolleiflex and never looked back. Now represented by galleries across the country and published throughout the world, Aline continues to create her award-winning photography with humor, compassion, and a 50-year-old camera. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and she has exhibited widely including solo shows at the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Oswald Gallery, and Wallspace Gallery in Seattle. Aline has been the Gallery Editor for Light Leaks Magazine, writes and edits the blog, Lenscratch, and has been curating exhibitions for a number of galleries and on-line magazines.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

How Freedom and Love Feel

Another weekend here already? Not that I'm complaining but these days I feel like time is just going by so quickly. Over the last eight weeks my life has been a series of naps and feeding times, walks in the park, lullabies and story times and happy, silly tunes, rinse, repeat. It has been amazing. So different than my life before and even more wonderful.

One thing that I am really looking forward to is our first trip to the beach with Lucia. Of course we have had many trips in the car, visits to her grandparents (how lucky is she to have two grandmas, two grandpas, three great grandmas and one great grandpa?), visits to see her cousins, but no beach trip yet. Of course she is still teeny tiny but in just two weeks we will be taking her to our home away from home and our favorite beach in East Hampton. I've already told her all about it - the smell of the ocean so fresh - I tell her it smells like how freedom and love feel, the sound the waves make when they go in and out, the call of the seagulls cruising above the surf, the breeze as it touches your face and blows through your hair. I tell her stories of picnics and frisbees, jumping waves and long walks on the shore, seeing shapes in the clouds and sand in your toes. She stares intently and tries to mimic the shape of my mouth, she coos and ahs and I can tell she is excited even though she doesn't know what I am really telling her.

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I can't wait to see the look of wonder on her little baby face. I can't wait to capture this place, one of my favorites, with my camera again. Having her there with us I know that it will feel like the first time for me again.

Happy weekend...

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Paolo Roversi

I'm in love with the work of Paolo Roversi. His photographs evoke a sense of nostalgia and they are so chic and romantic and also timeless even though his subjects seem decidedly modern. Of course I'm always a fan of fashion photography but in my view his work goes beyond that and into the realm of fine art.

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Photos via Paolo Roversi,
Artnet and This is Glamorous

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Here's an excerpt from his fascinating Bio:

Born in Ravenna in 1947, Paolo Roversi’s interest in photography was kindled as a teenager during a family vacation in Spain in 1964. Back home, he set up a darkroom in a convenient cellar with another keen amateur, the local postman Battista Minguzzi, and began developing and printing his own black & white work. The encounter with a local professional photographer Nevio Natali was very important: in Nevio’s studio Paolo spent many many hours realising an important apprenticeship as well as a strong durable friendship.

In 1970 he started collaborating with the Associated Press: on his first assignment, AP sent Paolo to cover Ezra Pound’s funeral in Venice. During the same year Paolo opened, with his friend Giancarlo Gramantieri his first portrait studio, located in Ravenna, via Cavour, 58, photographing local celebrities and their families. In 1971 he met by chance in Ravenna, Peter Knapp, the legendary Art Director of Elle magazine. At Knapp’s invitation, Paolo visited Paris in November 1973 and has never left.

In Paris Paolo started working as a reporter for the Huppert Agency but little by little, through his friends, he began to approach fashion photography. The photographers who really interested him then were reporters. At that moment he didn’t know much about fashion or fashion photography. Only later he discovered the work of Avedon, Penn, Newton, Bourdin and many others.

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