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Thursday, November 8, 2007

'Greener'

In an effort to make our house 'greener' we have switched to new products . Two we really like are: Feline Pine cat litter, made out of sustainable pine and without harsh chemicals (good news: it really works even in a multiple cat household like ours).
The other product we really like is Ecover 's Toilet Bowl Cleaner (pine scented--I see a pattern here!). However Baking Soda & Vinegar, combined in a mixture, also works really well for toilet bowls, showers, sinks & bathtubs and both ingredients come in non-plastic containers. We also use slightly diluted (with water) rubbing alcohol for windows, mirrors and many surfaces instead of more traditional glass & surface cleaners.
Other 'green' brands that we also like so far are Mrs. Myers (very good for those of you who are keen on scents), Seventh Generation & NatraCare.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Nymphoto now also a blog

Check it out: nymphoto.blogspot.com

Three Soundtracks

I just bought the Soundtrack for "The Darjeeling Limited" and as previous soundtracks to Mr. Anderson movies this is an eclectic compilation of music that is great to have and lets you wonder back into to the world of Mr. Anderson. Included in this soundtrack is music from films by Satyajit Ray, a very emotive rendition of Debussy's "Clair de Lune" by Alex Weissenberg (Steven Soderbergh used a different interpretation of "Clair de Lune" for Ocean's 11 - Soderbergh being another director with a great ear) and more.
Another favorite soundtrack of mine is the one for "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou", with the fantastic interpretations of some of David Bowie's best songs by Brazilian talent Seu Jorge and quirky original melodies by Mark Mothersbaugh. If you only want the Seu Jorge songs you can purchase "The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions", which concludes with a funny ode to Team Zissou.
Soundtrack number three is "Nowhere in Africa" with music composed by Niki Reiser. "Reginas Melodie" is my favorite and I wish Reiser would have decided to extend the length of this piece.
All three movies are also worth seeing.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Maria Passarotti

The Soho Photo's Juried Alternative Process Competition Show opens tonight with a reception from 6 to 8 PM at 15 White Street in lower Manhattan. The exhibit features work from Maria Passarotti's "Botanical Portraits" series and will run trough December 1, 2007.


Botanical Portrait © Maria Passarotti
Maria and I met several years ago when we worked together at Craig Cutler Studio. Maria had just finished her studies at the prestigious Cooper Union and we became fast friends. Her work has always been driven by her observations, an appreciation of the natural world and a love for the process. The "Botanical Portraits" combine all of those elements in hauntingly beautiful cyanotype prints. In an increasingly digital world Maria returns
to an non-digital process and conjures true beauty and thus puts magic back into photography.
If you like Maria's work you might also want to take a look at the oeuvre of Adam Fuss.
And if you are looking for a gift, take a look at Etsy.com
They offer a selection of affordable pigment print reproductions
of Maria's work.