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Friday, March 27, 2009

Package from India

Package from India - can someone translate, please? by Corvallo

I am fond of many things from India. Saris, shawls, curried food, Henna... as my friend Minette says (who is about to embark on another sojourn to India) I might just belong there or at the very minimum need to visit.
Today I received a package from India. I loved the packaing. Burlap instead of paper or plastic, with wax seals instead of glue or tape.
I have no idea what the Newspaper says but I did recognize a picture of President Obama in it. See, pictures are universal.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Not Enough Time

Ahh, it irks me to neglect the blog. My life always seems hectic these days. And with the two upcoming Nymphoto Exhibits at Sasha Wolf Gallery, the final stages of producing the NymphotoConversations Anthology & the Nymphoto Call for Entries on top everything else, I just haven't had much time to find food for the blog.
This weekend we are attending our dear friends Jason & Chad's wedding. I am really looking forward to this and I think it will provide a nice change of pace & mood. I also hope to do a little reading this weekend (must nourish mind & soul!). I want to finish "The Audacity of Hope" (so delighted to read about the importance President Obama places on manners) and my hubby got me a copy of "Annie Leibovitz at Work" (so good to have the Strand close by!). The equivalent of the beach novel for photographers :)

Oh and head over the Nymphoto blog to read my conversation with Jennifer Loeber, who decided she did not want to touch naked strangers, but instead took to photographing them. Guck mal "Zeig Mal" ;)

Monday, March 23, 2009

Weekend Round Up

A couple of things:
I purchased two photo books at the Strand this weekend. At last I acquired Robert Mapplethorpe's Polaroids. It's simply outstanding. My love for Mapplethorpe is odd, if you know me you know Mapplethorpe is generally not me. However it is a strong bond I have with the late Mr. Mapplethorpe. Most people only associate Mapplethorpe with controversy. And much of his softer work is overlooked. Accused of being a deviant and exploiter, everything else is routinely overlooked.
His Polaroids are exquisitely beautiful and often tender & humorous. To me the Polaroids best manifest what I see in Mapplethorpe.
I also bought a copy Steidl's Saul Leiter book. What color and composition! Such a must. Not just for those who are interested photography but also for New Yorkophiles. I might have to splurge on Steidl's Saul Leiter: Early Color book as well, because there are a few additional images that I like to have in my library. However if you only by one, get a book that also include some of his B&W work.
On Horses Think (one of my favorite blogs) you can read how Mr. Leiter inspired the look of Sam Mendes' Revolutionary Road.
And talking about Horses Think, on the right side bar of the Horses Think blog, you can now find a list for calls for submission.
For example you can find a link there for Nymphoto's Call for Entries :)

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Aggregate Bliss

Taking a page out of Zoe's book, let me first say to my husband: I love you so much, more so every day. Aggregate Bliss.

Then on to the business of blogging:

photography brought these three together © Corvallo

Four years ago we celebrated our marriage with lots of family, friends & 'framily' in our other home country of Belize.
Good times. Since Hank ain't shy about sharing his likeness and Emily's likeness has been outed by the Jackanory I figured it was ok to share this snapshot of us three Tisch-Photo alumni at Belize airport.
It's neither a flattering nor a good picture but this snapshot makes me happy. Ah... the power of photography!
The image does not only make me think of our Belizean nuptials but I also associate it with many years of friendship and my years as an undergrad -- which were spent blissfully ignorant of the road ahead, with good friends and lots of photography.

I am thankful that Em & Hanky were there, along with everyone else (you know who you are!).
Destination weddings are good :)

thanks for observing the color wheel! © Corvallo