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Saturday, October 18, 2008


Mama, Me & Muetze - Learning to ice skate at the Entenmuhele, HH © Buesing Family

Fall has arrived and it is beautiful. The air feels much crisper in New York & the sun goes down earlier. The cold air makes walks refreshing and returning to a warm home and a cup of tea is something I really enjoy. I grew up with cold weather and I would miss it if I lived somewhere tropical. In northern countries the long winters and steady darkness is combatted with rituals of celebration and light. Commercialized x-mas comes out of those traditions but that is over the top for me. However the idea of making the best of cold weather is right up my alley and while I'll drink hot tea also in 95 degree weather in the Caribbean without batting an eyelash, it is even better drinking a good cup of tea during a cold winter. Just like baths are better if you return home from the cold.
I don't have a fireplace but my sister does, as does my friend Pete and I enjoy those immensely during the winter months. As a child I used to play for hours out in the snow with my friends, sometimes unable to feel my toes by the time I returned home. (My husband who hails from warmer climates does not understand how this could be a fond memory, but it is). I also used to horseback ride as a kid, and in the winter we would have the horse draw a sleigh, and gliding through the forest was awesome (perhaps less so for the horse).
I also used to ice skate (not in any way professionally as you can see from the picture above) and ski as a kid. I remember my gray-blue pairs of moonboots that I would wear after skiing. Last year I purchased a new pair of silver-gray moonboots. I bought them because I decided that I needed to travel to Lapland. Unforeseen events made me change my travel plans and then I had missed by window for various reasons. I hope I can travel to Lapland early next year. It's the ultimate winter location.
In the mean time Lisa Robinson's "Snowbound" will tie me over :)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Cara Philips: Ultraviolet Beauties Union Square

Ultraviolet Beauty ©Cara Phillips

Today my sister and I stopped by Union Square to check out Cara Phillips at work on her AIOP project. And I even got my portrait taken by Cara. Typical of a photographer I much prefer to be behind the lens, but Cara's portraits are so sensitive and beautiful, it made me want to sit for her.
And Cara is great at making her subjects at ease.
She will be in the Union Square area also tomorrow and next week Friday & Saturday if you want to get your portrait taken. Find more info here.
I also met Will Steacy in person today when he had his portrait taken by Cara. I took at snapshot of Will being photographed and it turns out AaronLee Fineman, who also went to Tisch, took a snapshot of my portrait sitting.
I am not surprised: While many photographers like solitude most also enjoy each other and a little shop talk.
Note: if you want to financially support Cara's project, please find out more about how, via her blog: www.caraphillips.wordpress.com, which is also always an excellent read.

the process (Union Square)

A Conversation with Erin Patrice O'Brien

Head over to the Nymphoto Blog for my latest conversation with the incredibly nice and versatile photographer Erin Patrice O'Brien.

Maria © Erin Patrice O'Brien

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Opening Reception Tonight @ Fotoshop Gallery

© Nina Buesing

If you are in Hamburg, Germany tonight, come down to the 'Schanze', for the opening reception of "Nur Zu!" a group show at Fotoshop Gallery (run by Maria Dorner & Anja Lubitz) that features two of my works.
If Hamburg is not in your near future travel plans, you can also view and purchase prints online.

Nur Zu!
fotoshop - die fotogallerie
Vereinsstrasse 30
20357 Hamburg
Opening Reception: October 15, 2008 7 p.m.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

New Shop, New Blog(s)

Camilla Engman - in conjunction with Elisabeth Dunker- has a new venture: Studio Violet. The studio has an online shop: www.studioviolet.bigcartel.com and a blog: www.studioviolet.blogspot.com.

Postcards available in the shop © Violet Studio

And Juliana Swaney has a new blog: www.ohmycavalier.blogspot.com & a print sale going on this month in her shop.

Foxhat & Two Trees © Julianna Swaney

Sunday, October 12, 2008

At the Village Pet Store & Charcoal Grill

On Friday night we visited Banksy's The Village Pet Shop and Charcoal (tx, Wyatt) and I have been wondering since how to blog about it.
The set-up of the 'pet store' is clever, as is the use of animated sculptures/objects. You will only get the full experience of the show in person -- partially because the viewers & their various reactions are very much part of the exhibit (as I think they always are in Banksy's case and are intended to be).
Below is some footage -inclusive of comments by different visitors- from the show to give you just a glimpse but if you are in New York this month go see it for yourself.

That's hysterical? footage from the Banksy exhibit

Note: Just being a vegetarian or simply showing concern for non-human beings seems to alarm many to great degree. As a result vegetarians and vegans are often maliciously ridiculed. I don't get it. Nor do I get why "Religulous" is creating a stir.
I do get that Banksy's art is not 'high-brow', but I like it.
All that being said I am not sure what Banksy's intent really is, but he makes people talk and perhaps think and that is a contribution in my book.