Friday, August 31, 2012

Fridays

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This new portrait of my girl captures her personality perfectly -- always smiling and being silly. The summer is almost over and with the new season on the horizon I find myself reflecting on all that has happened over the last few months. So many amazing memories were made but also a very sad one for me. If there's anything I learned from my grandfather's life and death it's to always look forward and not be afraid to look back if for no other reason than to see how far you've come. I'm embracing all that lies ahead with open arms and excitement.

Over the next few months I'll be posting more tutorials, personal stories, fun giveaways, amazing work by other artists and, of course, a lot of new imagery and I can't wait! I'll also be adding new work to my website including scans from my film archive. But first, we're going on a mini-vacation down to Miami and of course I'll be sharing on Instagram.  We're all excited, especially Lucia, who has been talking about seashells and ocean waves for days now.

Happy weekend and here are some cool links from around the web.

New York Fashion Week is coming!

This house tour (and the home actually belongs to one of my favorite bloggers) is just...stunning.

Baby chicks wearing funny hats (yes, it is as cute and weird as it sounds).

I make a mean guacamole but it never occurred to me to make my own chips!

Love these photos by Peter Hapak.

I  need more pink in my life.

An Israeli couscous salad that I will be making next week for sure.

Baseball caps are a thing...not a trend I will be experimenting with though.

We have way too many coffee mugs as it is but I really need these Roald Dahl mugs in my kitchen.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Pixelated Portraits by WBK

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Australian artist Guy Whitby, aka WorkByKnight, is inspired by the digitalization of pretty much everything including artwork. He drew on this inspiration for his pixelated portrait series. Using buttons he found on keyboards, calculators, type writers and phones he recreates well-known images of pretty much anyone from celebrities to musicians to politicians. Look up close to see the intricate details of each button but take a step back from your monitor so you can really appreciate the light, shadows and nuance of each piece. They're pretty remarkable.

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Via My Modern Met.  Head over there to see more.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Block

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Night time in London.

Lately I'm feeling a bit blocked creatively. My camera has always been an extension of myself. Like another limb that was part of my body, an extra eye to look at the world through, my camera was my constant companion. These days when I take my camera out with me, it stays strapped across my chest or in my bag and I hardly raise it to shoot. I've been feeling this way for most of the summer (with a few exceptions including when I skipped off to London last month) and for the most part I'm feeling a bit blah about taking pictures (Instagram doesn't count). And I love to take pictures. It's not just what I do, it's who I am. Taking pictures, capturing people, places and emotions no matter how familiar or unknown is what moves me and motivates me.  I know (hope) it's just a phase and all artists go through it but I'm working really hard to get to the other side.  When you're in the middle of the block it's hard to imagine ever snapping out of it and having the burst of creative energy you need.  I'm really starting to look forward to fall and the excitement and promise of a new season.

Does this ever happen to youWhat do you do to get out of a creative slump or any slump at all?

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

When a weekend is made longer

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Yesterday, instead of blogging and working and doing a million other things that needed to get done, I decided that I needed to take the day with my babe, my sister and two nieces. We took off for the Bronx Zoo and had the best time ever until we got soaked in the rain. It was definitely an advenuture and absolutely worth it.  Here are some photos from the weekend and one from the zoo.  You can see more here.

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Scaffolds everywhere in NYC.  I see them as both a nuisance and a promise.  A nuisance because they're hideous and block the light, but a promise because you just know that they're doing something better to an existing building or making something new.

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We also went to the Bronx Zoo at the beginning of the summer.  And check out this tutorial about taking portraits and how to take better pictures with your iPhone.  I needed to remind myself of these tips over the last few days!

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Fridays

summer greens

With cooler weather starting to come in the reality that summer is winding down is sadly hitting home. I'm looking forward to a new season and the promise of new adventures to come. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and here are some fun links from around the web.

You have to check out these amazing pro photographers using Instagram.

Go to the farmer's market this weekend to pick up some fresh peaches and make this.

More deliciousness.

Inside Photojojo's camera bag.

Rain on spiderwebs never looked so beautiful.

Jamie and Kevin have a new website and it is just gorgeous.

How much does social media matter?

An umbrella for a cause.

I've been busy on Pinterest lately.

Nikon's newest compact.

A flying baby!

This portrait was done with a ballpoint pen.  No, really.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A lifetime of half minutes

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When Lucia was an infant we would while away the days staring at each other, making silly faces and dancing in the living room. I made up songs about everything from bath time and walking in the park to imaginary friends and make-believe places.  She would watch my eyes and my lips and my hair with the same intensity that I would study hers.  At night I would sneak into her room while she slept just to breath in her sweet baby smell that seemed to permeate the walls of her tiny nursery and every room in our house.  Yesterday while I made her dinner I watched her sitting at her little table pretending to read a book to her baby doll.  She looked so grown up and I felt blown away by the moment, my love for her and just how quickly the last 26 (almost) months have passed.  She turned around as though she sensed my eyes staring into her back and she gave me her signature pensive look and a very sweet and matter-of-fact "hi, mommy" before she turned back to her business.  I felt so many things in those thirty seconds.  Being a parent has shown me that life is just as much about all the "big moments" as it is about the seemingly infinite number of half-minute exchanges and I find myself being more and more overwhelmed by every knowing look, smile, hug and hello.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Windows and Doors of London

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I know there isn't anything new, or particularly exciting, about photos of windows and doors but they are just so pretty and unique in London that while I was there last month I honestly couldn't help but constantly point my lens at them.  Each street is lovelier than the one before it and some of the details made me feel like I was walking in a dream.  I especially love how residents take such great care and obvious pride in their flowers and small urban gardens - something I wish was more customary here in New York.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Instagram Weekend

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These windows in Tribeca reminded me of London. Everything in London was so green and lush and wonderful and I loved the unexpected pops of green on this otherwise typical downtown Manhattan building.

We had plans to go away to visit family on their farm this weekend but as luck would have it things changed at the last minute. Still, it was a lovely, quiet weekend at home where the weather took a turn towards fall and despite some nagging colds (mommy and baby) we spent some unexpected and much-welcomed time with family and friends. Surprisingly enough I didn't take a bajillion photos this weekend. I've been doing this thing where I try to just live in the moment instead of experiencing everything from behind the lens of my camera or iPhone.

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This photo reminded me of a painting.

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