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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Mr. Pommeroy, Mr. Winterbottom, Sir Toby & Admiral von Schneider

Sandra Juto is great at sharing Swedish culture on her blog Smosch. Not just the mainstream stuff, but real tid bits of contemporary culture. So on this New Year's Eve let me share a similar cultural nugget from my home country of Germany: "Dinner For One".

Uninterrupted since 1972, "Dinner for One" (in its original English, not dubbed!) is broadcast every New Year's eve and watched by millions of my fellow country men & women. "Dinner for One" is a slapstick sketch written by Brit Lauri Wylie in the 1920's. The version re-broadcasted in Germany every year was filmed in Hamburg in 1962 and it stars Freddie Frinton & May Warden.
You can find the sketch on YouTube.

One New Year's when I flew Lufthansa to Berlin, they even showed "Dinner for One" on the plane.
In that sense my friend Alex is right when he says: "Flying Lufthansa is so nice, because once you are on one of their planes it is as if you are already home in Germany".

Culture, Baby. There you have it.

I wish everyone a happy, healthy, prosper & love-filled 2009!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Change in America

One of the joys of living in the US © Nina Corvallo

Not sure I like all the change upon us. For one, I prefer the old Tropicana packaging.
However the juice continues to be top notch. I don't think there is a better & more consistent packaged OJ out there. Delicious! (Even if corporate)

Sunday, December 28, 2008


I guess all that has been going on of late has caught up with me. I have the flu or a severe cold and today I spent the entire day sleeping. Like a cat I managed to sleep 18 of the last 24 hours. It's been a few days of me coughing, sneezing and aching. I can tell that I am seriously not well, because not even the internet gives me pleasure right now.
Off to take another dose of Rosi's 'Immune Boost' & 'Flu Away' and another round of ZZZZs....

Saturday, December 27, 2008

The World Is What It Is

Regardless of what one might think of V.S. Naipul, Patrick French's new Naipul's biography titled "The World Is What It Is" is an engrossing read. Mr. French is an eloquent writer himself, conjuring vivid vignettes of life in colonialTrinidad and creating a stirring portrait of the controversial Nobel Laureate.

The Guardian's Hilary Spurling reviewed the biography and you can read her review, here.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Holiday & The City

Offerings at Lan's © Nina Corvallo

Today was the first day we have had in a while to relax. I had hoped for meal at Angelica's Kitchen, but they were closed for the holiday. It was a beautiful day in New York: the streets empty and peaceful; the weather sunny and mild. So we roamed around the East Village some more until we found Lan Cafe on Sixth Street & 1st -- a small Vietnamese Vegetarian place, that turned out to be a lovely choice. Nice food, very friendly staff and nice customers.
I love the hustle of the city, however the major holidays are a treat, because the city does slow down and mostly only the hardcore New Yorkers stay behind, which in turn creates a great ambiance.
On our way home we ran into Hank & Deb who were on their way to catch a movie.
Today was another prefect holiday in the city.

53º33'59"N 010º00'32"E & 40º43′N 74º00′W

Happy Holidays to those of you that celebrate today!

NYC : Unicycle &Snowman © Nina Corvallo

My family is a diverse mix of agnostics & believers of different faiths originating from many countries.
Last night we gathered for a champagne toast at our new home and then went on to the vegan gourmet restaurant Gobo.
Since I have always lived in the northern hemisphere, the holidays have always been about breaking up the cold and darkness of long winters. In Northern Germany xmas markets are open outdoors all December offering lots of mulled wine, pastries and (handcrafted) items for purchase.
This year my friends Rona & R. gave me delicious self-made soaps, my friend H. gave me a 'citylight' that projects the skyline of my hometown Hamburg and my sister knitted me the best wrist 'worms' ever (if you don't have a sister that knits for you, I suggest checking out the Smosch shop), my parents gave me some German books (always a great gift, because it keeps me reading in my mother tongue) and a bag that shows the coordinates of Hamburg. These are just some of the nice gifts received and I just wanted to highlight some of them because they gave me a lot of pleasure. I like when people (strangers and non-strangers a like) are nice and thoughtful to one another. And it doesn't take a lot, often it is just about gestures.
I also much enjoyed the cards and e-greetings I received for the holidays. Jane send me one of those great greetings and she also gifted everyone by posting a great interview with the talented Yijun "Pixy" Liao on the Nymphoto blog.

© Yijun Pixy Liao

Friday, December 19, 2008

This is The Season

Beautiful Fall/ Winter Day in NY © Nina Buesing

Things might be a little slow here for a while, because I am moving and I might be without 'internets' for a few days.
I am sad to move from this hood, but if all goes as hoped, we will be back in a year or so.
If you know me , you know I am only moving 16 blocks, but in NYC that can make all the difference. Many say I am moving to a 'better" situation, but I disagree: More convenient & bigger, yes. Better, I think not ;)

And before I sign off I wanted to say how happy I am that Aza & Katrin's movies, "Momma's Man" & "The Edge of Heaven", were listed as two of the 10 best movies of 2008 by Entertainement Weekly's Owen Gleiberman! Congrats, well deserved. I am elated!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Upcoming: Explosure - Tierney Gearon

I greatly admire the work of artist Tierney Gearon.
"Explosure" is the title of Tierney Gearon's new show that will open January 6, 2009 at Phillips de Pury & Company in London.

If you are in London and you see the show let me know what you think. This is a stylistic departure for Tierney and I am curious to hear people's opinion. I love that she is breaking new ground. It seems it is something that artists are not always encouraged to do.
I am also interested in seeing more of this work, because I have been exploring similar ideas in my "Chronicle" series.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Sasha, Rona & A Raccoon

Raccoon ©Rona Chang

My friend & Nymphoto cohort Rona is now selling very affordable prints from her "Breathing In" series. One of my favorite pairings from the series is the one above. I heart the raccoon & the colors of the tropical flora. This image has the quirkiness of Wes Anderson but with a feminine twist. You can purchase prints online via www.plumandlion.bigcartel.com or you can see and buy the prints in person at Sasha Wolf Gallery. Sasha by the way now also offers portfolio reviews. If you are interested please see the gallery's website for more information: www.sashawolf.com

PS: Somewhat confused about how to spell 'Rac(c)oon' for years I have spelled it with one 'c' , but Wikipedia and spellcheck suggest spelling 'Rac(c)oon' with two 'c's.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Amy Ross Holiday Card

© Amy Ross

If you are like me and the budget is tight right now, you will be glad to know that Amy Ross will send you a free holiday card depicting one of her lovely works -- if you are one of the first 90 people to email her your address.
Find out more on Amy's blog: www.naturemorph.typepad.com

Monday, December 15, 2008

A Conversation with Julianna Swaney

Mittens © Julianna Swaney

Today I am delighted to present an interview with American artist Julianna Swaney. I don't remember exactly how I found out about Julianna's work, but I know I first saw her work somewhere on the net. I have been captivated by and following Julianna's work ever since. Julianna is incredibly productive and continuously surprises with new whimsical drawings and prints.

Reading Wolves © Julianna Swaney

Nina Corvallo: Tell us about yourself.

Julianna Swaney: Well, right now I'm 26 years old, I live in Portland Oregon in an apartment I share with my roommate Rebecca, also an artist. I went to art school in Maine and I'm originally from Michigan.

Foxhat © Julianna Swaney

NC: How did you discover art?

JS: I guess that would be hard to say, I feel like I've been drawing and making things my whole life. I had kind of hippy parents and I didn't go to real school until 9th grade so I was free to pursue whatever I wanted. I was obsessed with fairytales, animals and art, and I feel like making things was just a natural way to connect with and express that.

Tell Me Something About Oceans, Central Park March 6 1890 & Moths © Julianna Swaney

NC: Where do you find inspiration?

JS: From bits and pieces of all the things I'm interested in; animals, fairy tales, antique postcards, old folk songs, Victorian anything, science and other artists.

Mossy Bear © Julianna Swaney

NC: You are part of a generation of artists who are selling & getting the word out about their work traditionally and in new ways. Could you talk about that experience and also, what would be your dream venue for exhibiting your work?

JS: For me it's been wonderful, I honestly don't know where I would be without the internet to show my work. I'm quiet person and not so good about approaching people so it's wonderful that I can just put my work out there and make connections with people. I'm pretty traditional at far as showing my work, I like showing in galleries, but someday I'd love to do installation work. I only have vague ideas about that right now.

Beehive Bears © Julianna Swaney

NC: What's next?

JS: I'm really excited because I got into the 2009 Biennial at the Portland Museum of Art in Maine. I went to school there so it feels good to be recognized like that and to know so many people I knew from Maine will be able to see what I'm up to now.

NC: Thank you so much!

To find out more about & see more of Julianna Swaney's work , please visit: www.ohmycavalier.com. The 2009 Portland Museum of Art Biennial opens April 8, 2009 in Portland, Maine.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Good Vibrations

Feline purring might just be healing vibrations according to a post by professor Leslie A. Lyons for Scientific American. You can find the post at www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=why-do-cats-purr.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Michele Abeles.

©Michele Abeles

Life is all about feeling. And so art is for me about feeling too. My senses need to be stimulated first. I then can also analyze and understand a work, but it has to start with me with having a gut reaction.

© Michele Abeles

The work of Michele Abeles work gets to me like that. Her work connects deep inside with memories, dreams and thoughts and articulates a state of mind.
I was delighted that Michele agreed to a Nymphoto Conversation and am so pleased with this interview. Michele's answers at once surprised and reassured me.
Please head over to the Nymphoto Blog for this very special conversation: www.nymphoto.blogspot.com.

You can see more of of Michele's work at www.micheleabelesphotography.com.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Life or Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité

Some thoughts on how to go through life: I think everyone should try their best to be nice and civil - and that does not mean people have to go through life without expressing themselves or making jokes. Nor that everyone has to live the same way or agree on everything.
People should try to imagine the other side and try to understand what other people might be going through.

For example, why do people feel the need to dictate who can marry and who can not? How would you feel if someone told you that you could not marry the person you love? And please do not give me that civil union crap. That's not good enough. Unless all the government offers is civil unions for everyone and 'marriage' is only officiated privately and/or spiritually, and with no legal consequence.
Civil unions do not offer all the same advantages than marriage. As I understand it, not even all marriages are created equal. For example, if you are a gay American who marries the person you love, who happens to be foreign, your marriage might be legal in Massachusetts but still you would be unable to sponsor your spouse for Permanent Residency. This is because same sex marriage is not recognized on a federal level and immigration is a federal matter.

To deprive a certain subset of the population from marrying just seems plain wrong to me.
And really why do people care? How does it really affect them?

And where did these thoughts come from? Well, for one I am still not over California & Prop 8. And then I read Emily's post today titled "Sisterly Love" and Edward Winkelman's post, titled "Champagnes Made from Sour Grapes", and it made me think about how people treat one another, particularly in the art world. There is a lot of theater and posturing, emotion and attitude found in the art world and it can be really exhausting.
So reading level-headed posts that put things in perspective is refreshing. Emily is always good at 'breaking it down' and Ed Winkelman is too. He is also great at advising artists and he seems to focus on what is important in life (Yes, I have a 'blog crush' on Ed Winkelman).
If you are interested in (the) art (world) from the gallerist's point of you, you most definitely should follow his blog: www.edwardwinkleman.blogspot.com.

Sasha Wolf is another gallery owner who I really respect. I wish she would blog too :)

Monday, December 8, 2008


Today I came across this instructional video via www.laequilibrista.blogspot.com AKA Forest Eyes. I think this scanner camera could work well for some of my work -- just not quite sure how complicated it is to travel with and how well it will function in the super humid climate of Belize.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Weekend Wrap Up - Willy B. Edition

Rooftops, Williamsburg ©Maria Passarotti

This weekend I spent time with my friend & fellow Nymphoto cohort Maria and she took me to her favorite Williamsburg galleries. Maria and I both enjoyed seeing the talented Norman Mooney's "Absence and Presence" show at Chi Gallery on Grand Street -- and we were delighted how nicely we were treated at Chi Gallery. I don't know if this had to do with the economic times or with being in Brooklyn instead of Chelsea; or maybe this gallery is just nicer. Either way friendly gallery staff is never a guarantee and it was much appreciated.

We also both loved Andrea Way's work at Pierogi on North 9th Street (Pierogi also has a location in Leipzig, Germany). Andrea Way made a (abstract/pattern) painting a day for one year (2007). This artist has a exquisite sense of color and space. You can see small thumbnails of these works at: www.pierogi2000.com, but really if you can, go see them in person, because the beauty of them does not come through via the web.
Photographs can disappoint when one sees a print in person after seeing it on the web, however with drawing and painting it is more often the other way around.

We also browsed by a few stores: Golden Calf on North 6th Street had an eclectic selection of Eastern & Western style furniture & home accessories. The Future Perfect, also on North 6th, has a nice hip-contemporary selection but is a bit more mainstream. Mainstream in my case meaning that a lot of the designers items found in this store can also be found at other stores or online -- however it is a very stylish selection and the store is well worth a visit if you are in Williamsburg.

We stopped at the (Radegast Hall &) Biergarten on North 3rd which is a good rest pit if you are thirsty (not so great if you are hungry and a non-carnivore) and well worth a visit for it's overall set-up. We also peeked at Fette Sau on Metropolitan Avenue; another BBQ joint very reminiscent of Northern European hang-outs, but again completely not for you if you are a vegetarian or vegan. Just breathing in at this local makes you non-vegan.
Great set up though and just like Kiosk I love the Neon Sign luring you to the spot. I hope someone or the guys from Fette Sau also set-up a vegan grill joint or one that can also accommodate vegetarians. That would be nice and hopefully a sustainable business.
Later that night we ate (good salads & great pesto bruscetta) and hung out a bit at Rose (a bar, restaurant & live music venue) on Grand Street, which is owned by the (opera) singer Carlo Vutera. The husband and another friend joined us there and all of us enjoyed this place. Before heading home we stopped quickly by Bembe on S. 6th (by the bridge & the train), which continues to be just great. DJ David Medina was spinning and the vibe inside was great. The doorman/bouncer was a bit fresh, but perhaps that's somewhat understandable since it was a cold, wet and snowy night and he had to be out there for hours.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Thursday, December 4, 2008

She Wrote

Pattern's Faction ©Ariana Page Russel

The other day I was emailing with another female artist in regard to an upcoming Nymphoto Conversation, and at one point she wrote how nice it was to see how considerate all of us women were with each other. I loved reading that and thought about how true it is.
The Nymphoto Collective is a mishmash of strong willed women that often collaborate or interact with lots of other strong willed women and when we get together it can be like a chicken coop - and I mean that in the best possible way.
And it is also true that we often work seamlessly together and that collaborating is a pleasure. 2008 has been much about redirecting my photography and community building. This blog and the Nymphoto Blog have made much of that possible. The 'Internets' is magical I say.
2009 is already off to a good start and looks like it will be a great year for the collective and my own work. My husband likes to say: A slow economy and a broke city can be great for creativity. Or as Rahm Emanuel has said: Never let a serious crisis go to waste.

First Image: from 'Angle Of Repose' © Toni Pepe
Second Image: from 'Skin Two' Flora (Kneel) ©Ariana Page Russel

PS: Also if you haven't checked in with the weekly Nymphoto Conversations take a look via www.nymphoto.blogspot.com.
This week Rona interviewed Laura Napier, last week Margot interviewed Ariana Page Russel and the week before that Jane interviewed Toni Pepe . Next week my conversation with Michele Abeles will publish Thursday. You can also see Michele's work (and many other great artists such as Sonja Thomsen) currently at Women In Photography in their online showcase titled "IF THERE WAS A LITTLE MORE SILENCE".

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Flak Photo

If you head over to Andy Adams' Flakphoto, you can see my favorite image from my Ferro Series published as Today's Flak Photo. I am honored to have my image featured and if you poke around Flak you will see why. Previously featured photographers include Robin Schwartz, Noah Kalina, Amy Stein, Laurel Ptak, Amy Elkins, Myra Greene and so many other outstanding artists. Loves it!

Schimmelreiter ©Nina Buesing

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Kiosk & Egg Prickers

Friesennerz in Montauk © Nina Buesing/Plainpicture

A while back I noticed the hot pink neon sign on Spring Street that read 'Kiosk'. The word Kiosk conjures memories of my friends & I as kids walking to the Kiosk to stock up on ice cream, the paper for our parents or some sweets.

The Spring Street Kiosk is a store that sells culturally distinct items from around the world. When I looked up the items for sale from Germany, I squealed with delight. Particularly at the Egg Pricker and the Yellow Rain Coat (or Friesennerz as we like to call it). The yellow rain slicker is the exact coat my friends (the same friends I used to walk with to the local Kiosk decades ago) gifted me in May when I was visiting Hamburg --which is on that North Coast of Germany ;)

Anyway, go visit Kiosk. Virtually you can do so at: www.kioskkiosk.com or you can physically stop by at 95 Spring Street, 2nd Floor. I recommend visiting both ways.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Long Weekend This & That

While in college I taught a photography class with a friend for one semester at the Harvey Milk Highschool. That was the first time I ever heard of Harvey Milk. His story is inspiring on many levels and I think Gus Van Sant's movie "Milk" tells the story well. Sean Penn was a great choice for the lead role and he is surrounded by an excellent cast, that successfully portrays a very moving story.
The New Yorker has a review of "Milk" titled "True Love" (written by David Denby) and The New York Times has a nice slide show titled "A Campaign Revisited" narrated by Gus Van Sant about recreation of 'The Castro' of the 70's. Included in this online feature is captivating & historic still photography by Harvey Milk's friend Dan Nicoletta. Mr. Nicoletta has an online gallery dedicated to the images he took of Harvey Milk and during that time, that is fascinating to explore. You can find this photography at: www.thecastro.net/street/memoriespage/nicoletta/milk01.html.

Good pictures only get better with time.

James Danziger always curates great shows and I am looking forward to the upcoming exhibit titled "Sander's Children" which opens December 3, 2008 at Danziger Projects in Chelsea. I was happy to see Dick Avedon's "Bob Dylan, New York City. 1965" included in this show. I love that image and it helped inspire my portrait of my friend director Azazel Jacobs.
Mr. Danziger's blog post from Wednesday is about the upcoming show, the post is titled 'Sander & Sensibility' and can be found on his blog The Year in Pictures.

My friend Fiona's photo blog Picturing Life in Placencia is a nice way for me to keep in touch with Belize; a country I think of as another home. I recommend checking out todays's post, which illustrates Fiona's very close encounter with some visitor's in the lagoon!
Find the images at: www.picturinglifeinplacencia.wordpress.com.

Thursday, November 27, 2008


This year was mostly about non-fiction for me, but I am looking forward to seeing "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button". It looks like it will be at the very least visually stunning. If you would like to sneak a peak, you can now see the trailer at: www.benjaminbutton.com.

A movie I plan on seeing today after dinner is "Milk". It has received rave reviews already and could not be released at a more appropriate moment. You can currently find the trailer at: www.filminfocus.com.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Technichal Difficulties

Notice: my websites are down.

I love technology and much is facilitated by technology, but on the other hand it is easy to become dependent on technology and then when one little, but crucial thing goes wrong, it can be like a house of cards coming down.

Resolution to this little hiccup hopefully will come soon. I'll let you know when I am back in business. And thanks Michele for making me aware of the house of cards collapsing ;)


Sunday, November 23, 2008

New York Anecdote

You gotta love New York. Today was a beautiful crisp day and the husband and I took a walk. We passed by a giant pitt bull that was tied to a tree barking in the direction of his owner who was standing in line at a juice place. The dog had a very deep bark.
All over sudden from behind me I heard a tiny yet determined bark, I turned around expecting to see a small lapdog but instead saw a young girl. Holding the little girl's hand was her mother, the acclaimed musician & experimental vocalist Björk.The little girl kept conversing with the dog in fluent canine and I could not help but smile, because without a doubt, the little girl has inherited her mother's creativity and vocal talent.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Zoe is Beautiful

© Zoe Strauss

Things have been a bit challenging for me as of late, physically and mentally. Nothing serious, just a lot of little stuff that combined has worn me down. So today I slept for most of the day and did not do much else and that felt good. As you might know I love the cold, so around 7 o'clock I bundled up (it's abut 28 degrees Fahrenheit outside) and the husband and I took a long walk over & up to Silverstein Gallery in Chelsea for Zoe Strauss' opening reception & book signing.
It's a great show. And a great book. Really great.

After the reception we walked back home and I just finished my first viewing & reading of "America" and I love it.
Zoe Strauss is amazing. She is beautiful. She just is. I love her compassion and her energy.
Friends have always been very important to me. I never understood why sharing genetic material should hold automatically more weight than the actual interaction & experience you have with another being. I love my family very much and I think I come from a pretty functional home. But that has never stopped me from building very strong ties with people outside my (genetic) family. My friend Amy calls those types of bonds "Framily".
Life without "Framily" would be very sad. But not everyone needs to become "Framily". Sometimes one just has a true empathetic exchange with another person for a brief moment. That moment of understanding and recognition, even if fleeing, can be very meaningful. Time spent is not the most important aspect in the rapport that one has with another. Rather it is about the quality of the exchange and sometimes about the timing. And no one makes this clearer than Zoe Strauss in "America".
Zoe Strauss has a gift for loving. Or maybe it is not a gift, but just that she is open. And maybe if everyone was open like her, compassionate like her, the world would be a better place.

Zoe, you are super-awesome. For real.

Zoe, Amy, Rona

Unfortunately I had to miss Paul Fusco's talk & book signing at the National Arts Club (organized by Aperture) last night.
But I hope to make it to Zoe Strauss' opening reception & book signing/launch at Bruce Silverstein Gallery tonight:

Zoe Strauss: AMERICA: We Love Having You Here
November 22, 2008 – January 10, 2009
Opening: November 22nd, 6 - 8pm
Silverstein Photography
535 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011

Very excited to get my hands on Zoe's "America" book!

I also just pre-ordered a copy of Amy Stein's "Domesticated" via Photo Eye.

And I leave you with an image by Rona Chang from her "Breathing In" series.

Pool © Rona Chang

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Wednesday This & That

© Brea Souders

Opening Reception Tonight:
Brea Souders & Others
Meet Waradise – Fjord Exhibition, NYC
17 Orchard Street
Reception: November 19th, 6 - 9 P.M.

You can also bid on Brea's work in the Emerging Artist Auction curated by Daniel Cooney.
The auction also includes works by Cara Phillips, Will Steacy, Caroline Allison, Michael Kwiecinski and many more.

I recently discovered the work of Michele Abeles and am totally taken by it. Michele kindly agree to participate in Nymphoto Conversations, so stay tuned for that in the weeks to come.

Zoe Strauss will also featured as part of the series, which is so exciting!!
And talking about Zoe, her book "America" is now available and the opening reception accompanying her work at Bruce Silverstein is this coming Saturday, November 22, 2008.

I also enjoyed reading Jane Kramer's article "The Hungry Travelers - Exploring the world through its food" for the New Yorker and Jeff Zeleny's article "Lose the the BlackBerry?Yes He Can, Maybe" for the New York Times.

And Sandra aka Smosch's post title for today made me chuckle. I think we have all been there. You can find her post from today, here.

Monday, November 17, 2008

The Illustrious Blogger

I am burned out. But there is no way I am getting any sort of change of scenery or vacation right now. Just have to soldier on. And that's ok.
In this state of mind, I came across a post by Keri Smith today titled "small things you can do to change your perspective" and while I do not think I will give all 13 ideas a try, I am off now to brush my teeth while on my knees, while thinking of other ways to change my perspective.

Oh! And before I forget I wanted to give a shout out to Lou of "Arts & Ghosts". She made my day today. Thank you for that!
And thanks for lunch Pete. That was very nice.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

UNIS, Baby

This is an interview with the very talented Sarah Jones on The Charlie Rose Show with guest host Charles Isherwood.
Give it a moment, Mr. Isherwood warms up after a few minutes and Sarah is a delight. I love that Sarah gives UNIS props. It truly was an an extraordinary school to attend.

courtesy The Charlie Rose Show

Friday, November 14, 2008

Two Videos

Hank Thomas Willis & Deborah Willis' Conversation at Aperture:

courtesy Aperture (Free Live Streaming by Ustream) --And thanks Deb for making Hank go to NYU ;)

And if you click here you will find a beautiful rendition of Frederic Chopin's Nocturne F, performed breathtakingly by Lee Mi-Young in Paris in November 2006.

Two Mis(c)has

Good stuff:
Mischa Richter. You can see his work at: www.mischarichter.com & www.esp-agency.com.
Misha De Ridder: You can see his beautiful landscapes here: www.mishaderidder.com.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

A Conversation with Sonja Thomsen

I See the Universe in Sonja Thomsen's photography © Sonja Thomsen

The name Sonja means 'Wisdom' and Sonja Thomsen is wise.
Her works are at once distinct but also connect to one another, reflecting about life on a micro and macro level .
Head over to the Nymphoto Blog to read my interview with artist Sonja Thomsen.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

J(Z)oe from Philadelphia

Today is Veteran's Day in the US and on the occasion Zoe Strauss shared some family pictures and an incredible story about her grandfather & a boy during WWII and about the world, told by her mother. A must read that you can find on Zoe Strauss' blog: www.zoestrauss.blogspot.com.
Also look out for Zoe Strauss' first book, aptly and simply titled "America". A show accompanying the book will open November 22, 2008 at Bruce Silverstein Gallery.
And keep checking in on www.zoestrauss.blogspot.com, it is one of the best blogs out there.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

A Conversation with Jon Shireman

Jon Shireman is a master photographer.
I value knowledge of the history of photography and think every photographer should be well trained in the actual craft of photography. Even if in the end they choose to ignore all the rules and traditions. Few photographers I know are as well versed in photography as Jon. Fittingly I met Jon Shireman at Craig Cutler Studio many years ago, where I was able to see true knowledge of the medium at work.

Much of photographic culture is being lost in the digital age and sometimes it feels to me that I speak a language that is dying.
People coming to photography post the digital revolution, who never studied alternative & traditional processes; and the many facets & applications of photography, speak a different
language. And so the work of Jon Shireman is even more precious to me. Him and I can converse fluently in photography.

©Jon Shireman

NC: Tell us about yourself.

JS: I was born in suburban Chicago, your average middle class upbringing. I think it became obvious early on I was a bit of a black sheep in my family. My formal education in photography was minimal; I'm more astute at learning by doing. I started assisting early on in various Chicago catalog house or as I like to call them "sweat shops". It was a great way to learn the view camera and the basics of lighting. Once I moved to New York I was ready for refinement.

©Jon Shireman

NC: How did you discover photography?

JS: At a very young age I watched a documentary on PBS about a photographer whose name I don't recall. I remember being transfixed by the darkroom process. It was magical. Later on in college I had a professor who really opened my eyes to all the possibilities photography has to offer.

©Jon Shireman

NC: Where do you find inspiration?

JS: New York City is a major inspiration for me; I walk the city constantly. The people, architecture, trash, traffic, all have an effect on my creativity.

©Jon Shireman

NC: How do your projects come about?

JS: I have ideas that tend to coalesce over time. I envision these little bits and piece floating over my head, eventually they mix and match, combine and I have a new series of photographs. It's so satisfying to complete a project which can be in the works for years and to know it couldn't be any better because I've allowed the process to grow unfettered.

©Jon Shireman

NC: What's next?

JS: Asia, going to Hong Kong, Malaysia and Shanghai.

©Jon Shireman

NC: Thank you so much!

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