What a wonderful thing. To listen to afternoon programs on the radio while preparing a late lunch. To take time for yourself and get lost in creative thoughts, to finally turn off the radio before the neighbors come back from work, and enjoy true silence.
On my very first driving lesson, the thing that really worked ease the anxiety of staying on the road (driving straight forward so to speak and not fall off the side of the road) was that wherever I wanted the car to go, I had to focus my eyes on that point. My heart was racing and my eyes kept looking at everything but the road.
The lesson had a great impact on me. I was eigtheen.
I remember the day I arrived in new york "for good". The feeling of freedom, and the terror of the unknown repressed in my throat. I remember the muggy air and the great mistake of a sweater I was wearing. It was fifteen years ago.
Today's been grey, cold and damp: a classic December day. I knew these beautiful photographs from Alexandra Valenti would put everything back into perspective for me. I had somehow saved them on my desktop for inspiration. I Love her color process and the whole etheral girl power theme in this work. So refreshing.
To be honest with you, I am happy to kiss 2012 goodbye. Overall it was a tumultuous year for many and I am looking forward to a fresh new set of cards. I don't really stand by the resolution's concept, I think life should be more about ongoing discipline towards set goals. End, middle or beginning of the year. So yes, goal setting is important. One of them for me is to get more photography work and keep refining my craft and technique.
Too often, I feel like the blog wrongly gives out the image of a perfectly curated life you all might think I live daily. And it is true that I rarely want to share negative thougths on here. Posting is my positive escape. Although I am blessed with many things in my life, I often struggle with things that every artist on this planet deals with: self doubt,loss of inspiration, financial hardship, frustration and the feeling of defeat when failure occurs. But beyond the hardship of living in a city I can barely afford anymore, one thing is intact: it's my passion for the visual medium. And inspiration always comes back in the most unexpected ways, especially through meeting like-minded people.
So for that, a big thank you goes to all of you who dig me out of the hole sometimes, for you people who have trusted me and given me the opportunity to collaborate in creative projects, to you dear readers (wherever you are) who have reached out, encouraged me and rewarded me with kind words. It is warming my heart like a hard liquor.
To you all, I wish you a happy end of year.
Be well and be merry!
Below are little excerpts of a holiday gift guide story I shot this month.
Berlin based photographerMeike Nixdorf shoots and edits landscapes like i have personally never seen before.
In one of her interview she recalls being told once by someone reviewing her portfolio in New York that her landscape photography was beautiful but that "any photographer could have taken it". The criticism staggered her and pushed her to start shooting with a different point of view. And here lies her new body of work.
What a fascinating artist. She is definitely in my radar.
I highly recommend this video if you are -like me- drawned to her stripped aesthetic.
Dernièrement, j'ai commencé la photo de vêtements et accessoires pour un magasin en ligne. Et je dois avouer que je m'éclate. La plupart des photographes trouvent ça ennuyeux et répétitif. Ce que je peux comprendre. Pour moi, c'est une façon d'explorer la qualité d'une couleur ou d'une matière et de la rendre palpable à celui ou celle qui la regarde.
Et puis j'adore la narration que chaque image crée dans le récit final.
Well, it is most likely impossible if you live in the civilized world you haven't heard of the devastating hurricane over our beautiful city and region this week.
The city is still shivering with loss and disarray. We are not quite back to normal yet. But New York can take punches like no other. We will recover slowly, with patience and resilience. As we always do.
I shot this party about two weeks ago. Each year, I am pleasantly designated to capture moments of this little local business's anniversary party. They celebrated their 8th year in business this month and their gathering are always beautifully curated. I had a wonderful time documenting it.
I love my city, and I love the people who populate it. This is probably the number one reason I put up with it. The originality and creativity of its community.