Friday, August 26, 2011

Fridays

As I write this I am mentally preparing for a possible evacuation of the neighborhood where we live because it is a Zone A in New York City.  We're vulnerable to flooding in downtown Manhattan so thanks to Hurricane Irene it looks like we're going to have to get out of dodge.

To top it off we're supposed to be going on vacation next week.  So right now everything is up in the air and it's very frustrating.  I have a laundry list of things that need to get done before we leave and right now it doesn't look like any of it will get completed.  So I'm rushing to pack everything and heading to my parents' house tonight to avoid what will surely be a mass exodus out of the city tomorrow.

But, I'm trying to be positive.  We're hoping to go away after all of this and I'll be checking in periodically over the next couple of weeks.  In the meantime here are some fun links from around the web to get your weekend started right...and if you're on the east coast of the United States, relatively dry and most importantly, safe!

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Battery Park on a hazy summer evening.
Irene from space.  Thanks, NASA.

I love photo prints.

I need this printer.  Like yesterday.

Making magic with multiple exposures.  Cool!

History being made in Libya.

Scott Schuman is hiring...and just in time for New York Fashion Week!

These awesome kitschy landscapes in re-purposed vintage frames are awesome.  That was a major mouthful.

Aperture is opening a pop-up bookstore at the DUMBO arts festival next month. 

An interview with Julie Saul.  Read this if you're wanting an insight into gallery shows, collecting and curating.







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Thursday, August 25, 2011

We Heart the Swings

I love photographing the girls at the playground.  They love going there (Lucia starts laughing and kicking when she sees that we're getting closer to it) and we spend so much time hanging out there that I know they're going to have these memories etched in their minds forever.  Even so, I want to take as many photos of them as possible while we're there.  Many of the photos end up in the trash because they come out overexposed or out of focus but that's one of the reasons I love to shoot digital.  Just keep trying until you get some that work!

We love the swings around here.  The girls could stay on there forever and it's a lesson in life and sharing to go to the playground here in New York City.  You have to wait your turn no matter how much you whine and you have to let another kid have a chance to play no matter how much fun you're having.  They're learning...some of us are more patient (Zahra) than others (Lucia).  Paloma forgets she wants to be on the swing two minutes after we take her down because she runs to the sandbox/monkey bars/slide.  The three of them are so different.  And just when we think we have their personalities all figured out...they go and do something completely "out of character".  I love it.

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A little fuzzy but so cute I couldn't resist keeping it.  So when a picture comes out a bit blurry I usually always make it a black and white because in my opinion the blur is less offensive if it's devoid of color (at least that's what I tell myself!)

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Also fuzzy but I love it...I love her!

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PS--If you're a regular reader you may have noticed a few changes around here.  I'll be incorporating more changes in the next few weeks.  Stay tuned!




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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

"Personal Best" - Elliot Erwitt at the International Center of Photography

Elliott Erwitt

Elliott Erwitt is one of my favorite photographers.  His work is evocative, timeless and full of whimsy and it is currently being shown in a major retrospective until August 28th at the International Center of Photography.  He has personally selected each of the images for the exhibition. 

Elliott Erwitt

I've been studying his work for as long as I can remember.  Each of his images is so nuanced.  I feel like I'm peering in to a private moment.  Looking at his photographs is like watching someone else's life and knowing nothing and everything about them at the same time.  Elliott Erwitt is known as one of the most versatile photographers of our time.  The exhibit is called "Personal Best" and "on view are over 100 of his favorite images from the past sixty years, as well as some previously unseen and unpublished prints from his early work...The Magnum photographer hand-picked stark civil-rights-era images, portraits of Marilyn and Che, a 1950 shot of a youngster with his toy gun, and a sixties family portrait complete with beehived matriarch."  via ICP 

The show closes this week, so get there if you can.

Elliott Erwitt 

Elliott Erwitt

Elliott Erwitt

Elliott Erwitt


About Elliott Erwitt via ICP.

Distinguished as both a documentary and commercial photographer, Elliott Erwitt has made some of the most memorable photographs of the twentieth century, including portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, and Che Guevara, as well as astonishing scenes of everyday life, filled with poetry, wit, and special sense of humor. Born in Paris in 1928 to Russian émigrés, Erwitt grew up in Italy and France and emigrated to America with his family in 1939. An active photographer since 1948, Erwitt sought out Edward Steichen, Robert Capa, and Roy Stryker in New York in the early 1950s, and they became his mentors. With Capa's encouragement, Erwitt joined Magnum Photos in 1953. Erwitt is both an eyewitness to history and a dreamer with a camera, whose images have been widely published in the international press and in more than twenty books.

All images by Elliott Erwitt via ICP.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

I fall more and more in love with our new neighborhood every day.  Of course I have moments where I miss our old one but I love being downtown and exploring all the little details of where we live.

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Instagram Weekend

The weather in New York is a bit crazy these days.  Beautiful and sunny one minute, torrential downpours and hurricane-like winds the next.  Either way our weekend was pretty fantastic.

Take a look...

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Beautiful Tribeca

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We love leopard print.

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I really, really, really need to do something about this situation going on underneath my desk.

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Lucia and her cousin, Guapo.

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Arm party sister-style!

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We reallllly love leopard.

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Progress on One World Trade Center.

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Lunch with "mahmah" and "dada"

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Shot glass Centerpiece

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Rain and the FDR Drive.

And you?




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Friday, August 19, 2011

Fridays

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A little bit of sunshine to brighten up this very gray week in New York City.

This was the fastest week ever.  So fast that yesterday I said, thank GOD tomorrow is Thursday.  Wait, what?  It must have been the rain.  It was relentless.  The week was productive but it flew by and in just another 10 days I will be on vacation with my little family.

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My favorite face.  Keeping with all the black and white photos I shared this week.

I hope you're up to something wonderful these next two days.  Here are some links from around the web to get your weekend started right!

Did you know that today is World Photography Day?

How different photographers approach the same subject.

I'm obsessed with fellow Female Photographer of Etsy Elle Moss and her work.  She's having a major sale in her shop.  Get there fast.

What do you carry your print portfolio in? 

And speaking of portfolios...

A nuclear power plant as an amusement park?

These bags are pretty...and practical.

Did your photo agent change your life?

The next time we need family portraits I'm hiring this lady.

I really, really want to go to Iceland...someday.




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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Black and White and Italian All Over

Yes, I'm definitely in a black and white mood this week.  So much so that I've been going back to archives and revisiting old favorites but making them new again.  I'm also out taking photos but sometimes it's good to take a look back, see where you've been, so you can fantasize about where you're going.

We're going away at the end of the month and while we're staying close to home, there's nothing like revisiting an Italian vacation.  The food, the smells, the history, so many memories.

I spent some time studying my photos from that trip back in March 2009 and I discovered that some old photos can become new favorites when you change them up a bit...

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