I came across a really cool book the other day. Behind the Photographs, by Tim Mantoani, features over 150 photographs of famous photographers holding their most iconic photograph. Tim uses a large format Polaroid 20x24 Land Camera to take the photos. It is fascinating to see the faces behind some of the most well know photos of the last 50 years.
As a result of my evolving interest in photography, I've been getting more and more interested in short, home-made videos. I've made a few of my own, mainly for recent vacations, but I love putting together photos, video clips, and just the right music to capture a moment time.
This first video, Made in Ireland, does just that. Beautiful music and video combine to paint of picture of Iceland that will make anyone want to visit.
The second video, Gimmie Shelter, is an amazing cover of the Rolling Stones song played by street musicians around the world, and put together by Playing for Change. Dare I say it's even better than the original?!
My jaw dropped when I saw Joanna from Cup of Jo's bedroom makeover. While the "before" was calm and pretty, the "after" is perfect! Cheerful and colorful with pops of yellow and red, I love all the little details. My favorite details are the curtains with the yellow trip, the gallery wall of photos, the red rug, and the black lamp and dresser to ground all the color. I'm thinking my bedroom needs a makeover now too!
One of my favorite things to find on the web is a beautiful photo. An amazing photo can capture so many emotions, and often says more then words ever could. As an amateur photographer, I'm always trying to capture that special something in each photo I take. Most of the time the perfect shot is elusive, but every now and then you see a shot on the screen that is even better than you hoped it could be.
I recently discovered two very addictive food blogs that I just can't keep to myself. The food photography is also amazing on both sites.
The first site is Gilt Taste. Gilt Taste is run by Gilt which is a free-membership shopping site. Gilt Taste has sections for recipes, gifts, and sales, but my favorite section is called "Stories". This blog has amazing stories about food and cooking written by some of the best food writers out there, including Ruth Reichl. These stories might make you laugh or cry, and I guarantee they will also make you hungry!
The second site is Food Gawker. Food Gawker is basically a photo gallery of some of the best recipes around the web. The site gets hundreds of submissions every day from food bloggers around the world, and only the best are chosen. Clicking on a photo takes you directly to the recipe. The site is mouth-wateringly delicious!
Architect Benedetta Tagliabue's beautiful Barcelona home is featured in this month's Dwell magazine and also on SF Girl by Bay's blog. This home has beautiful architectural details and design and I would love to move in!
Head on over to SF Girl by Bay's blog for more photos and details, and to Dwell magazine for the full tour.
It's that time of year again. Looking back at my resolutions from last year, I didn't do so well. I did work on my photography a bit, but in some ways I think it's gotten worse! I certainly didn't try yoga. Numbers 3, 4, and 5 were a moderate success. Progress was definitely made. #6 and 7 I'm still working on, and #8 will always be on my list!
Perhaps I need more do-able resolutions this year! I'm intrigued by the approach a couple bloggers have taken. Run Lucas Run has a beautiful (free!), downloadable template you can fill in with your answers to nine thoughtful questions. She also includes a template you can fill out with your children.
Tsh from Simple Mom has a list of 20 questions to reflect on on New Year's Eve. Once you've reflected on the past year and are ready to think ahead to the new year, Tsh shares a downloadable PDF with a list of questions to help you set goals for the future.
I've printed out both of these PDF's and hope to have some time over the weekend to think about the year ahead and put some goals and plans in place. Another idea that always inspires me is Ali Edwards One Little Word project. I haven't come up with my word yet, but have a few I'm mulling over.
What are your goals and resolutions for the new year? How do you come up with them?
Mom to three amazing boys, married to the love of my life. I'm a a preschool teacher who loves books, design, decorating, crafts, good food, and my family. I'm a gypsy girl at heart, and dream about running away to travel the world. I go crazy if I'm not going 110%!
“I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet and another fig was a brilliant professor, and another fig was Ee Gee, the amazing editor, and another fig was Europe and Africa and South America, and another fig was Constantin and Socrates and Attila and a pack of other lovers with queer names and offbeat professions, and another fig was an Olympic lady crew champion, and beyond and above these figs were many more figs I couldn’t quite make out. I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn’t make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet.”