You might remember the wonderful home of Veronica and Pablo featured on Petits Papiers few years ago. Back then, they were already running a successful environmentally conscious company called Dr Cow providing artfully crafted innovative artisan foods.
Their success has now grown into the cutest storefront that opened last month in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn and I couldn't resist introducing it on the blog. Everything in the store is a welcoming piece of healthy living. I am personally completely sold on their cheeses made from 100% raw, organic nuts. Yes, even me, the hardcore cheese-loving french bred, I am a convert! Their products are incredible; Cashew milk drinks and deserts, vegan cookies and granola, jams and spreads etc... all crafted to delight your taste buds and give you energy at the same time as no processed ingredients or animal by-products are used. Sort of a super-food mini revolution in the neighborhood! I highly recommend you try them if you happen to be in Williamsburg.
When I was shooting, Veronica was swamped with inquiring customers with whom she patiently shares her process and recommendations while Pablo was handling production in the back Atelier. To me, they are the perfect example of what a sustainable lifestyle in a city like New York and a society like ours today can be, it is tangible. It takes passion and discipline but it is not as difficult as we think. I have so much respect for their craft.
Some extras from my personal series "The Order of Chaos" that studies the scale of humans in the urban scape. They were shot on the same day in Redhook area of Brooklyn along side the East River undergoing transformations.
A little campaign I shot last month at iCi restaurant. I highly recommend this location for photogaphers here in Brooklyn, just ask to book the parlor floor. Really versatile natural light space. As always, I am so grateful for the team of talents that put so much efforts into this unpredictable project and poured faith into my vision.
I haven't had any budget for the home these past few years, which in my book is a big mishap. I do appreciate a well-curated living space. And while I am pretty content with the current state of things in my apartment, I always yearn for little improvements. Meaning: investing in proper coffee table & accent tables, long-lasting quality cooking wares, a nice and comfortable lounging chair and of course, more original Artwork for my walls. I wish I had a budget for that...
Below are some pieces that make me swoon. It involves a lot of wooden textures, velvety textiles and brass accents. The timeless stuff so to speak. Just throwing it at you Universe! you do whatever you want with it ;-)
Unfortunately I am not able to link the source of these beautiful images and products. But you can find them all in my always evolving Pinterest board "Objects of Desire" where you may find more info about them.
I like the simplicity of the non-comments, non-follower count concept. Just plain good images. A great little app that help cleanse my visual clutter, once a day. I find it more pleasing than Instagram most of the time. It is designed with the avid image lover in mind rather than the social networker.
Follow me if you have a grid yourself. To create one you need to edit your iphone pictures with the vsco cam application.
I am summerandjune. Below is the beginning of my grid.
Last week I went to a fellow photography-obsessed friend's apartment, someone I've met in class back in November. As I reached out for the stack of coffee table books and magazines, one in particular landed in my shuffling hands. It was a stunning large gallery book presenting the work of British photographer Richard Learoyd and his series Presences.
Learoyd works with one of the most antique of photographic processes: the camera obscura. The light falling on the subject is directly focused onto a sheet-size photographic paper without an interposing film negative. With very little loss of definition (due to a room sized camera) his portraits drag the viewer into a tangible dimension of ultra-realistic presence. This goes without noting the incredible dynamic in tonal range and colors.
I have rarely felt so smitten by someone's work. I have yet to see his work in its actual size.
I rarely shoot Men. Not by choice, but because I just don't get contacted to work with men that much. So when Shawn contacted me for a portrait session I was thrilled. Shawn is a jazz drummer and I immediately had in mind to use a dark, dramatic style for him. Something classic that he will be able to use years down the road.
His new album with his band Shawn Baltazor Quarted is soon to be released.
I am days away from taking the road. Me and a friend are going to drive from Colorado to Nevada in a few days.***Due to extreme weather conditions in New York, our trip had to be cancelled. I can't even find words to tell you my disappointment. Sigh***. A project that could not have been better timed, right at the peak of this rude winter. I feel that the new year is already gearing up toward thrilling projects. I have been yearning to explore unknown lands, and this part of the country is definitely going to be a first for me.
On that travel note, I wanted to share some really inspiring photographs by French photographer Céline Clanet. They were excerpted from her published books Máze and Un mince vernis de réalité.