Out in the crowd

March 6, 2013

I am not a very good “crowd person.”  If I see hordes of people walking one way, I tend to be running 180˚ in the other direction.  My husband agrees, I belong to a more Downton Abby civilized approach to life…well the life of Lady Mary of course.  Despite my aversion to crowds there is something I love about the photography of Massimo Vitali.  A long time favorite of interior designers and coastal homes, his beach photographs often show hundreds of people on a crowded beach (my worst nightmare), but some how make is seem exciting and vibrant.  Maybe it is the 10,000 ft approach to the subjects or the saturated colors, but his work is exciting and peaceful at the same time.  This past weekend as I sat down to my long, lovely breakfast during our Berkshire get away, I was so excited to see a feature by Vitalli on Brazil in the NYTmes Magazine…well that and the fact that I had the time to actually sit down and read the Sunday paper.  What a luxury.  Here are some images from the feature.  He really can see pattern and beauty in almost any place, from beach to flavela.

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Fashion Photogs Infinity

March 2, 2011

It seems that along with the latest smart phone and Celine bag, a Canon SLR (or street style photographer following you with one) is the must have accessory of the New York, London, Milan, Paris fashion shows this season.  Street style photographers have been exploding en masse over the past few years, with The Sartorialist basically inventing the concept more than 5 years ago (a life time in internet years).  Favorite subjects include models rushing between shows, New York socialites and those fabulous European magazine editors.  Although lately I have noticed another favorite subject, the photographer snapping other photographers.  Kind of an infinity mirror into all the fashion show madness.  I love it!

Tommy Ton, of Jak and Jil blog

This shot is perfection, the floppy hat, the bus in the background, the awesome Canon, everything.  I want to be her.

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Scott Schuman, of The Sartorialist.

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Seriously, Canon should start sponsoring photographers to shoot outside fashion shows…hey, why not start with me! :)

I have not known how to comment on the tragic earthquake that occurred in Haiti almost two weeks ago now, without sounding trite and silly from my comfortable computer, but I wanted to share with you some images from the photographer, Pradip Malde’s series entitled, Haiti: blind architect.  He has traveled to Haiti each summer for the past three years volunteering his time and and taking photographs.  They are beautiful and haunting to say the least.  You can see the entire series and more of his work here.

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Haiti: blind architect; Pradip Malde



Madame Denise Remi, before Sunrise, Saut Mathurin, Haiti. 2007.

“My daughter’s education is the most important thing.”

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Manuelita Perrin. Banana Trees. Saut Mathurin, Haiti. 2007

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Oil vendor, street side, Saut Mathurin, Haiti. 2007.


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Madame Edline Pierre, peeling an avocado. Saut Mathurin, Haiti. 2007.

Edline and her husband Pierre, trained agronomists, form and nurture their community through various programs run by ORE. Edline is pregnant with their second child. It is avocado season.

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Coleb Laforest studying for a college entrance exam. Zanmi Lasante, cange, Haiti. 2007.

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Samuel Pierre picking beans. Saut Mathurin, Haiti. 2008

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Auget and Mariechelie, hanging, playing. Cange, Haiti. 2008

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Madame Denis Remi with her bread. Before sunrise. Saut Mathurin, Haiti. 2008

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Josef Obensen running an errand with his toy car. Cange, Haiti. 2007.

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Thérose Theomas sorting peas. Cange, Haiti. 2009

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Learning and memory. School shack at Mornemouton, Haiti. 2009

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6:30 AM. Waiting, outpatient clinic. Zanmi Lasante, cange, Haiti. 2009

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Carrying food through the playground. School, Zanmi Lasante, Cange, Haiti. 2009

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Defunct Photo Studio. Domont, Haiti. 2009

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If you are looking for a way to donate to the Haitian disaster the Habitat for Humanity Disaster Response – Haiti Earthquake is a wonderful way.  Habitat for Humanity does some amazing work all around the world and has worked with Haiti for over 26 years. (My husband and I met on a Habitat for Humanity spring break service trip to Kentucky in college.)

Photo Assistant for a Day

November 9, 2009

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And what an amazing day it was!

I had the great privilege of assisting The Boston Globe photographer Essdras M. Suarez.  (Remember?!?!  The same wonderfully kind and knowledgeable photographer that helped me out in the photo store.) After meeting Essdrass and looking at his amazing work, I contacted him in the hope he might need some help.

To my luck and surprise…he did!  I assisted Essdras on the photo shoot of New England Patriots defensive linemen, Jarvis Green.  He was shooting Jarvis for a Boston Globe feature about the 25 Most Stylish Bostonians.

To have the opportunity to work with Essdras and all of his fabulous camera and lighting equipment was such a wonderful experience.  I was in complete awe of how he could walk into a never before seen space, direct me in setting up the lighting and create the amazing orange glow and intimate feeling you see below.  Just beautiful.


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Photo: Essdras Suarez, The Boston Globe

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Also photographed by Essdras (but not on the day I was assisting him), is one of my favorite interior design bloggers, Erin Gates of Elements of Style. I stumbled upon her blog one day when googling “Boston style blogs” (after realizing finding the love of my life also meant a move to Boston).  You must check out her blog.  It is fresh, fun and offers a ton of fabulous design ideas.


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Photo: Essdras Suarez, The Boston Globe

Also go check out the rest of the photos Essdras took for the 25 Most Stylish.


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