Crazy blue wind swept sky. Clouds like you kind of don't believe. So big, and powerful- at least in how they effect light. The shadows they cast. Palm Springs isn't the Nowhere kind of desert experience, but still, it is the in-the-middle-of-nowhere kind of weird place. Like Vegas, the sense of inescapable nature is brutal and it abounds, yet...man-made stubborn-ness prevails. Makes me feel small. Such a strange culture, the people that run to and settle in the desert. Characters galore. The cocktail lounge is a true gem in these parts. The pictures here capture the light and the beauty that never fails to strike me. I didn't really like the shots I took of what I just described. Perhaps it's the optimist in me...
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Lights are up, the sun is setting early and the chipmunks album is playing. Christmas in LA is hard to understand for those who don't live here, but it is that time of year-- everywhere. The palm trees are standing tall against the blue sky and it is warm. Our family from back east can't believe it. But there is a slight desert chill- one that I love. It is beautiful and crisp, just enough to evoke the feeling of winter. In the visible distance, there are big mountains covered with post-card snow. Makes you want to wear scarves and light a fire and drink hot drinks. Too bad we don't have a fire place. But! We can still light the grill and play softball in the street. Joy!
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Another stroll. This time, with my 4 year old, Isabel. She has a good and interested eye. The best shots are hers... Amazing how comfortable she is with the technology. Instant gratification of the image ingrained in her- the thrill of a polaroid for me- I guess. As the days of my Yaschica T4 are no longer and the Panasonic Lumix has taken over, she doesn't know the excited anticipation of waiting for a roll of film to be developed and printed. Hoping there is at least one good picture. If it was still easy to get good little prints, she would. It's still super fun. Just different.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Walking around my neighborhood today. Beautiful day. Blue sky, non-surprise. But, today is a really pretty blue sky. Never get tired of the skinny tall palm trees. They are simply the best. Cracked dry earth, super juicy strawberries...and, a mattress.
Monday, September 21, 2009
I am a Photo editor. I love magazines, and I love New York.
I left both last year.
The world of publishing as I knew it was crumbling. My job was becoming more about number crunching and focus groups than a creative process, and I was feeling less and less inspired. At the office, I was dulling down. At home, my 3 year old daughter was growing up.
It was time to press 'eject'.
In 2008, my family and I uprooted and headed west... LA!
LA was my home growing up. Not a foreign land, by any means... but I certainly felt displaced and twitchy about the 'going back' and the 'known-unknown' part of the move.
A year of weird unwinding behind me, I have now pressed 'reset'. My husband and I shifted roles. He is working a ton. Me- not so much. A first.
This chapter is great and wide, and open. I love photography. I love art. I love being a mom. I want to learn more and do new creative fun things. A blog?? I know. But, why not? Just the idea of it has already encouraged me to take more pictures and do little projects that make me happy.
I am a more present, happy mom to my little girl. I am over-thinking less and letting go more. Sharing some of this for no reason except that, it might be fun.
Here I go...