Tuesday, July 10

It's been a long time

since I've rock-n-rolled. But that's another story. It's also been a long time since I've posted here. I think about you everyday, dear website, I really do, but life just gets in the way sometimes.

A few things I'd like to share with you...the other day I started a new group on Flickr called Polaroid Cats. Because there certainly are not enough groups about Polaroids or Cats. It seems that these days I only take pictures of flowers and cats, and there is an instant flowers group so I figured there should an instant cat group as well. Plus when I searched "cats polaroids", thousands of results came up, most of them pretty damn spectacular. A few of my favorites are: *ELECTRICAT*, Ellie Face, Untitled (in Granada, Spain), Warmed By The Sun, and get closer, baby. But really, they are all excellent shots. Check'em out if you are a cat lover.

Also cat-related...some of you may know Mr. Bones who lives in Bushwick, Brooklyn. He's a big boy. Black and white like Rocky. But bigger. And this shot is one of my all-time favorites for sure.

wolfgang schnitzelheimer, originally uploaded by fiesematenten.

This picture blows my mind every time that I look at it because I swear it looks like he took the photo of himself. I LOVE IT.

I've been rather Polaroid crazy lately, as I think I have mentioned. I just can't get enough of the SX-70, and I am quite pleased with some of my recent shots. On this past Saturday, I spent the morning at the Georgia O'Keefe Museum, and talk about mind blowing. I absolutely love the current exhibits, Circling Around Abstraction and Illuminated. Of course she painted many, many flowers and so when I arrived at my parents' house, I definitely had flowers on the brain. (A quote on the wall at the museum: One paints what's around.) So I walked around my parents' garden and took pictures. Here are a few of my favorites from the day:

peach tree
Peach tree branch. We picked a few that day, and since then, we've picked lots more. They are the best peaches. It's been a long time since I've had fruit straight from the tree. Mom made jelly today and I plan to bring some home to make pie or cobbler. Peach heaven.

echinacea 1
Echineacea. I love my mom's echinacea and she has it all over the place so I'm going to transplant some into our garden at home. Such beautiful flowers. (The dog loves to eat it.)

I have a couple more, but I haven't posted them to Flickr yet.

PhotoArts Santa Fe starts this Friday so I am looking forward to checking out some of the photo openings and other events. And on Saturday, we're finally making the big hike up to Baldy, Santa Fe highest peak. Of course my biggest decision is what and how many cameras I should take! It might be time to take the digital SLR out since I haven't been too happy with my point and shoot on hiking adventures. Maybe my nice husband will put it in his pack. Heh.

Well friends, that's it for now. I hope you are all having fantastic summers and staying cool.

Tuesday, July 3

you are beautiful

You Are Beautiful.

You Are Beautiful is a simple, powerful statement which is incorporated into the over absorption of mass media and lifestyles that are wrapped in consumer culture.

The intention behind this project is to reach beyond ourselves as individuals to make a difference by creating moments of positive self realization. We're just attempting to make the world a little better.

Intention is the most important aspect of the You Are Beautiful project in its idea of purity. Nothing is sacred. Everything that has a perceived value becomes commodified. We work extremely hard that this message is received as a simple act of kindness, and nothing more.

Advertising elicits a response to buy, where this project elicits a response to do something. The attempt with You Are Beautiful is to create activism instead of consumerism.

You Are Beautiful uses the medium of advertising and commercialization to spread a positive message.
Projects like these make a difference in the world by catching us in the midst of daily life and creating moments of positive self realization.