Thursday, March 31, 2011

Did you know some of my prints are available in small format open editions?

Did you know I sell certain of my prints via
Etsy. Well I do! Some of my popular prints are available in small sizes in open editions via Etsy! Also, because it would be nearly impossible to have every print in my Etsy shop, if you see something that you like on one of my other sites, including this blog, let me know!

If you tell me that you found my shop via this blog there's a special treat for you...just let me know!

happy shopping!

Etsy: Your place to buy & sell all things handmade
CiaoChessa.etsy.com

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Meet Katarina Šoškić

Vienna-based, Serbian-born graphic designer/photographer Katarina Šoškić does not own a digital camera. She takes all of her images using analogue to capture what she describes as the "human touch". Her photos evoke a sense of nostalgia and melancholy with their soft colors and smooth, low contrast, black, white and gray.

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She fell in love with photography when she was a teenager and I love how she describes her picture-taking. "Analogue, in this way I am using it, makes me really relaxed and without this pressure that I am doing something very important. So, I just take pictures." (via Dazed Digital) It really is refreshing when you think about this easy concept of shooting a roll of film on a simple camera with its limited number of exposures and the lack of control over what comes out of a little, plastic box as compared with the seeming endless supply of files that you can shoot with a digital camera.

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I sort of miss the simplicity of going out with my pocket camera, my holga (I REALLY have to dust that one off) and my SLR and 36 exposures. I miss the anticipation of seeing my prints long after I've shot the images and also pushing myself to take a better photo without really knowing what I'm going to get. Nowadays I'm playing around with my instax but I'm feeling inspired to get back to basics and do more after seeing these experimental, grainy and dreamy photos by this artist.

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See more and read the interview at Dazed Digital.

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Images via Dazed Digital.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

World of Windows

Profotio is sponsoring a photography contest and the theme is windows. This is right up my alley. House windows, car windows, apartments, whatever - I like to make up little stories with my photos about what's happening on both sides. Living in New York I end up staring out my own window and wondering what's going across the street in the homes of my countless anonymous neighbors. Sometimes you see a shadow, the glare of a television, someone standing just staring out into nothing, on the phone, whatever. I like to make up little stories about them and wonder if they're as quirky (ie. weird) as I am doing the same thing about me.

Here are some of my favorite images of this little fascination of mine.

In the Windows

Rain on the (Cab) Window

Air Dry

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Copyright 2010 Monica L. Shulman

A Sea of Windows

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Doors to Nowhere

Una Mujer En Su Ventana

windows and window and windows.

Abandon

Monica L. Shulman - iPhone

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Weekend iPhone LOVE

We had a pretty wonderful weekend and I documented it with three very different cameras. The iPhone photos somehow all turn out to be some of the most fun and of course spontaneous.

Are you as obsessed with your phone camera as I am?

Monica L. Shulman - iPhone

Monica L. Shulman - iPhone

Monica L. Shulman - iPhone

Monica L. Shulman - iPhone

See more iPhone photos here.

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Fridays

We're heading out to East Hampton tonight and we cannot wait! I'm looking forward to fresh air that comes off the ocean and taking my baby girl for a walk in the country. I'm also looking forward to making dinner with friends and having a glass of wine by the fire as soon as our babies go to bed - it's funny because less than two years ago we had weekends like this with these same friends but now we both have beautiful baby girls to join us. I love it!

I'm taking my camera out and I'm excited to take some portraits at one of my favorite places in the world.

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Main Beach, East Hampton

Happy Friday! Here are some great links from around the web this week. Enjoy!

Ultimate ways to use your disposable camera via the awesome people at Photojojo.

Adorama, my go-to place online for prints, is having a sale of their
8x10 lustre prints - 25% OFF! I LOVE this paper. Check it out here

Harper's Bazaar, my favorite magazine, has a beautiful slideshow of images remembering the legendary Elizabeth Taylor. Quite beautiful, indeed.

Magnum Photos does too. Gorgeousness.

Tiny Prints is having a sale too! woot!

Joanna from A Cup of Jo always finds the coolest (and sometimes most random) things! Check out this dinner in the sky! I think I might lose my appetite but to each his own!

Fantastic tips for how to hang a gallery wall. Thanks, Bee!

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor

The fierce and fearless hollywood and fashion icon Elizabeth Taylor died yesterday of congenital heart failure. There have been so many beautiful photos of her around the web. Here are some of my favorites.

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Elizabeth Taylor and her brother Howard in the 1930s
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National Velvet.


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Giant.

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Giant.

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Suddenly Last Summer.

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Cleopatra.


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Butterfield 8.

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Elizabeth Taylor

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Images via New York Magazine and Magnum Photos.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Three Years

Today is the third anniversary of Ciao, Chessa! I have had so much fun here sharing beautiful art, photography and pieces of my life. The space has grown so much since I first started but it has always reflected those things that I love and feel passionate about and I feel so lucky that I have the chance to share it with so many fantastic readers. I also feel lucky to have met so many talented, fun people and many who have become great friends. I'm so inspired by you and the things that I share here and I'm excited for what's to come.

So, here are some photos of Lucia celebrating in her nursery - not just the blog's birthday but the fact that she sits, rolls over, stands and almost (almost) crawls!

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Not sure she has enough toys...

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

I Heart my Fuji Instax

I'm a little in love with my Fuji Instax Wide Instant Camera.

I chronicled some parts of our weekend with it.

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Looking up.

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Wee!

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Copyright 2011 Monica L. Shulman
Our daily walk.

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An indoor picnic.

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Copyright 2011 Monica L. Shulman

Copyright 2011 Monica L. Shulman

Copyright 2011 Monica L. Shulman

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Spring is almost here (except it snowed yesterday)!


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Good morning!

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World Trade.

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Copyright 2011 Monica L. Shulman

Copyright 2011 Monica L. Shulman
Snooze alert.

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