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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