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.
Long life to Dr Cow!
Photography © Anne-Claire Rohé 2014
Dr Cow is located at 93 South 6th Street, under the Williamsburg bridge and is open everyday 11am-7pm.
You can read more about their craft and process on their website www.dr-cow.com
I have recently discovered the structural work of British Fashion photographer Paul Jung.
I really like his use of color as well as his treatment of black and white. Sleek narratives. A talent to watch amongst publications such as Flaunt, Schön magazine and Vogue.
Photography © Paul Jung
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.
Photography © Richard Learoyd
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.
Photographs © Céline Clanet
This week, the world of photography lost a great talent. Born British, Kate Barry found a way of life in Paris. She was often refered to as Jane Birkin's "eldest daughter". She always seemed to want to stay away from the spotlights turned onto her family most of her life, one of France's most photographed by the media. She remained discreet and unlike her sisters chose to channel her creativity behind the lens. I have a profound admiration for her sensibility, her path and her humility.
She was what most people call a 'late bloomer' finding photography in her early thirties. Rawness and the absence of artifacts was the chore of her work. All she needed was her talent to expel natural emotions out of her subjects. You could often sense melancholia or an aching mind in her photography. People who knew her say that she often found happiness in silence and solitude. She had the career and body of work I only dream of having.
She was a true inspration.
She chose to go alone. She was 46 years old.
May her tender soul rest in peace.
She leaves behind an archive of stunning images that graced countless magazines for almost two decades.
Photography ©kate Barry
Mes hommages à la photographe Kate Barry qui s'en est allée un sombre jour de Décembre, à Paris. C'était une femme de grande sensibilité, une personalité discrète, qui aimait rester derrière le rideau, dans l'ombre de sa famille. J'ai toujours eu beaucoup d'admiration pour son travail, son oeil atypique, son regard melancholique et son talent de portraitiste.
Elle reste une grande source d'inspiration pour moi.
Elle avait 46 ans.
I am so happy I found out about this great talent last month at the Photoville festival. Jason's work is always tipping half way between Journalism and Fine Art. Stunning pictural photography that speaks the truth. One of the most difficult kind to achieve in my book. His eye is not a morbid one (unlike a lot of war photography we see these days). It is rather poetic and somehow hypnotic.
I've always profoundly admired photo-journalists for their ability to tell so many stories within one image and make me feel so humble about what I actually know about the world.
Eprise par le travail magnifique du photographe et journaliste Jason Florio. Ses images sont des tableaux qui relatent des histoires sans fin dans notre imaginaire de non-voyageurs. Quel travail majestueux, quelle liberté qu'il nous offre à travers ses images qui pourtant relatent d'une réalite souvent dûre à regarder en face. Mais son regard n'est pas morbide (comme souvent chez les photo-reporters) mais plutôt poétique, parfois même hypnotique.
During an artist residency in California’s Joshua Tree National Park photographer Daniel Kukla had the brilliant idea to take a mirror with him as he headed to the desert, resulting in this vivid series.
I love the idea of capturing infinity in a frame within a frame, and the dimension of interpretations it embarks us in.
Photographs © Daniel Kukla
About a year ago I received a very understated email from a reader in Sweden. A photographer. It was a simple hello with a nice word on my work. I sort of sensed a genuine quality in this person, I couldn't find the trace of a "check out my work" link or anything that was asking for something in return in this email. Just a bare compliment. The best of kinds.
This person was Marcus Nyberg. We have since kept in touch about our respective work, progress, frustrations and visions as photographers and he has become a huge inspiration for me. I love watching his work progress. It makes me want to push myself to achieve what he does. I think his strength is in portraiture, something that I have been obsessing over a bit this year with my own work and that he masters with such effortlessness. I know how difficult it is to get emotion out of a subject. I know. I fail at it most of the time. But he nails it like no other. He must have wonderful directing capabilities. His editing skills are equally impressive to me.
Marcus' imagery is reminiscent of golden age dutch paintings. It was no surprise that we both admitted to each other that one of our biggest influence right now is the work of Julia Hetta. I can see it clearly in his work.
We have never met, but we think we should one day work on a common project. We have yet to find our subject. And I imagine it to be the most compelling collaboration i'll ever venture in. I feel so privileged to have found a friend in this incredible talent.
Photographs © Marcus Nyberg
J'ai découvert le travail de Marcus il y a environ un an. Il m'avait contacté via le blog pour me donner un joli compliment et on a tout de suite lié une amitié mais aussi une curieuse fascination pour le travail de l'un et de l'autre. Je trouve son style absolument splendide, ses portraits d'une grande emotion, il aime mon regard et ma "capacité à capturer le calme de la vie" dit-il si gentillement sur son blog.
A force de correspondances, nous en sommes venu à la conclusion qu'il serait vraiment génial de collaborer sur un sujet, même à distance puisque nous ne nous sommes jamais rencontrés. Marcus vit en Suède. Nous n'avons pas encore trouvé ce sujet, mais je sais déjà que quoiqu'il arrive, ce projet sera fantastique.
While in Paris last month, I discovered the stunning work of Photographer Vincent Fillon.
I felt a great sense of admiration for his subject and especially for the somehow perfect timing of his project; A building in state of decrepitude found in the suburbs of Paris that was about to be gutted and renovated. This was right before.
I happen to think that from all the double-exposure trends out there his use of double-exposure is absolutely justified and articulates his subject with great dimension.
Photographs © Vincent Fillon
In the beginning, we had hoped to shoot her place in the heart of summer (mainly for my blog features "an afternoon with..." ) because of her amazing outdoor space that she transforms into an extra living space by setting up a tent seamlessely leading the living room into the outdoors.
But Design Sponge contacted her about a month ago and we had to seize the opportunity and shoot it right away, in the rather stark light of winter. Luckily, the day of our photo shoot giant snow flakes were swirling outside and gave her place this lovely cosy look.
Her work studio was very tidy that day, much the opposite of how I have seen it before. Her design studio is made of a team of little hands she supervises daily while taking care of business and family. She runs a tight ship!
Iwona is one of the most talented person I know, everything she touches turns into gold so to speak. She can paint (the giant black painting in the living room is hers), draw, cook, design, decorate and pocesses a sick sense of color and style. I adore her.
Congratulations on the D*S feature Iwona! Check out the full Sneak Peek here.
all photographs © Anne-Claire rohé 2013
A l'honneur aujourd'hui est l'appartement de ma copine et créatrice de bijoux Iwona Ludyga.
Son appartement est publié dans la section Sneak Peek du site Design Sponge.
Suis super contente d'avoir été choisie pour prendre en photo son espace!
Elle vit à Brooklyn et nous sommes amies depuis plusieurs années maintenant. Une des personnes les plus créatives que je connaisse. Je l'adore!
The meditative and highly polished work of Hungarian photographer Akos Major.
Places I have never been but strangley enough, they remind me of home in the winter.
Although my taste usually leans toward photography that involves a bit less of editing, I find this work very interesting and evocative.