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Saturday, December 31, 2011


2011 was a very mixed bag. We lost big and we gained big as a family.
Professionally this year was a disaster. Might as well be honest about it. And I only have myself to blame . I did nada. But the good thing about it being my fault, is that it means I have a chance to correct it. And because this was personally such an intense year, maybe it was for the best that I did not have my mind on work and photography at large.
I think this journey of highs and lows might have started before 2011. Thus the calendar year is arbitrary, but still a good opportunity to take stock and muster resolve.
I wish you all a happy 2012. I am looking forward.

Friday, December 30, 2011


I can be a bit of a freak about safety, something I picked up from my dad, and I just wanted to remind everyone out there to check their fire alarms. Make sure the battery is good or if you don't have a smoke detector or not enough, get some - now.
A former neighbor of ours just lost her children and parents in a tragic house fire over the holiday. It seems that there were no working smoke detectors in that house.
Then today I read about a very similar tragedy happening in Australia. So please take a moment and check your smoke detectors.
We can't control the wind, but we can adjust the sails.

Friday, December 16, 2011


Manhattan Sunset ©Nina Buesing Corvallo

Still on a Woody kick. Last night we watched Manhattan. Find the original 1979 trailer at: www.youtube.com. So. Good.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Love Is...

Your husband noticing the new Finnish Rye (Ruis) Bread stand at the Union Square Farmer's Market; being underwhelmed after tasting the bread, but buying several buns anyway, knowing I would love them.
I think the bread is delicious. I had wanted to buy some last week, but they were all sold out. I didn't feel well Saturday, so the husband did the market run. He said he heard that Nordic accent and figured they probably have something that would delight my sometimes homesick heart. He was right.

Thank you. I love you.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Manhattan Murder Mystery

Like any good New Yorker, I am fond of Woody Allen films. Last night we watched Manhattan Murder Mystery. Chuck full of great lines, my favorite probably being the following:

"LARRY: No, I...Yeah, look, no, I-I forbid you! I forbid you to go! It's a-a...I'm forbidding! Is that what you do when I forbid you? If-If that's what
you...I'm not going to be forbidding you a lot, if you do..."

The movie also made me nostalgic for "my New York", filmed in 1992 it reflects the New York I know best. The flea market on 26th & the parking lot on Astor featured, both no longer exist. Sad, but as they say you can't stop f***ing New York City.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Sedaris @ The Strand - Awesome!

The Strand, Best Bookstore ever.

Last night we had the pleasure to hear David Sedaris read and speak at The Strand. If David Sedaris is coming your way I recommend catching him. Just don't say "awesome " - it will cost you ;)

Friday, December 9, 2011

The Day

Day Break, Morning, Day ©Nina Buesing Corvallo

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Barbadian Mementos

Morning at Sea-U ©Nina Buesing Corvallo

Our prolonged fall is over it seems. The cold has arrived. To keep warm I keep dreaming of Barbados.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Beautiful Bathsheba

The wild East Coast of Barbados, our bedroom at Sea-U Guest House and the coast below. ©Nina Buesing Corvallo

When I travel, I do not like to stay in big hotels or resorts. I also prefer to have a kitchen available, because traveling while vegetarian can be a challenge.
Life has turned out such that my parents and I unfortunately live far away from another. My parents are very supportive and they never ask for anything and sometimes I feel they get the short end of the stick. So last year with their 50th wedding anniversary looming, I wanted to give them a great gift.
My love for travel stems from my parents enthusiasm for discovery, so I figured taking them somewhere would be the perfect gift.
I did not want it to be too far away and I wanted it to be some place warm with good vibes and a hospital (my parents are in their seventies), that wouldn't break the bank. I decided on Barbados after reading about a lovely old fashion Caribbean guest house on Barbados' East Coast.
Sea-U Guest House in Bathsheba was as quaint and as authentic as I hoped for. The East Coast of Barbados is a different world from the white beaches and over-developed South-West of Barbados. The East Coast is still wild and it's rougher sea has made it a favorite for surfers.
Sea-U Guest house sits high over a cliff, and always has a breeze and the soundtrack of the Caribbean Sea. The house itself is a typical Caribbean wooden house with shutters and porches.
I rented the entire floor of the main house, which comes with two bedrooms, two bathrooms (one with Jacuzzi), a living room, a small sitting room and a full kitchen - flanked by a wonderful large covered porch with another dining table - and lots of quiet and privacy.
The decor is romantic and our bed and linens were divine.
Sea-U has it's own restaurant that will accommodate vegetarians and other special requests and it also has a delightful self-service bar.
The grounds are intimate and well kept with majestic views of the ocean and many great walks near by.
Barbados was great.It was really relaxing and I will definitely go back. If you go, rent a car, and go explore. It's well worth it.

The grounds at Sea-U. ©Nina Buesing Corvallo

Laughter is The Best Medicine

I wasn't having such a great morning, but then I watched Alec Baldwin on Conan and he cheered me right up. He shared some very astute observations about our neighborhood. I hope Mr. Baldwin joins the Block Association :)

courtesy teamcoco.com

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Weekend This &That

Via several design blogs I came across the work of Shanna Murray. Bodie & Fou have a lovely image of one of the decals in Karine Candice's daugther's bedroom.
I think I might have to order me some :)

A Thousand Stars for Company © Julianna Swaney

The other day I received my copy of Menagerie; photographs by Sharon Montrose and illustrations by Julianna Swaney. What a perfect pairing!
You can revisit my interview with Julianna by clicking here.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad !

The Lovebirs in the former Yugoslavia on vacation sometime in the 50s. © Buesing

Today is my parents' 51 st wedding anniversary! Last year for their 50th anniversary we took them to Barbados for a long weekend and it was awesome. We stayed at lovely old skool Caribbean place that I will blog about in a few days.

Mom & Dad by the Adriatic Sea ©Buesing

Thursday, December 1, 2011

My Rudi

Handsome & Sweet Boy ©Nina Buesing Corvallo

It's been 1 year and 1 day since we officially adopted The Earl Grey AKA Rudi. He was a kitten with big paws then, now he is about 15 pounds! Huge, just like his heart.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wednesday (Peer Edition)

Haiti: Tent Life © Wyatt Gallery

's Haiti work will be display in George Soros OSI Moving Walls 19 show:

Moving Walls 19 Exhibition
Open Society Institute
400 West 59th Street (9th + 10th ave)
4th floor
Reception: 5:30-8pm --Nov 30th

© Hee Jin Kang

Hee Jin is having a book signing:

Hee Jin Kang: No Sleep
Tuesday, December 6th - 7 pm
Book Court
163 Court Street
(between Pacific & Dean)
Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

You can re-visit Rona's interview with Hee Jin at: www.nymphoto.blogspot.com.

© Justine Reyes

Justine Reyes currently has a show at The Homefront Gallery and the artist will be at the gallery for a talk on Decmeber 3, 2011.

Justine Reyes: Home, Away from Home
The Homefront Gallery
26-23 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101

Rona interviewed Justine too, you can also find that conversation at: www.nymphoto.blogspot.com.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Holly Becker

Thanks to Sandra, I was introduced to the blogs of Holly Becker, design maven and American expat living in Northern Germany. Holly Becker has a wonderful passion for design and an incredible eye. Her blog Decor8 is immensely popular for those reasons. Ms. Becker also blogs about her expat experience on her personal blog Haus Maus. I love Holly's writing and her kindness in sharing her personal insides. What makes Haus Maus particularly interesting to me is to read about Holly's experience as an expat. I am a Northern German living in the US, and she is an American living in Northern Germany. I just get a kick out of reading about the 'reverse' perspective :)
Anyway if you haven't yet, visit Holly Becker's blogs at: www.hollymaus.blogspot.com and www.decor8blog.com.

Monday, November 28, 2011


My heart goes out to Camilla & her husband today, as they just lost sweet Morran.
Loosing a companion animal is very tough. If you are are an animal person you get it.
But many do not, which complicates the grieving process.
Morran was an incredible dog and I suspect one of the best known dogs on the internet.
She will be greatly missed by many, but live on in the minds of many too.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sunday This & That

- Great post by Yuki over at The Soho Memory Project about (Artists &) Taxes: www.sohomemory.com.

- As always for home decoration Danielle de Lange provides plenty of inspiration at: www.style-files.com. I loved seeing the minimalist, typical hanseatic loft of Wolfgang Behnken this week. If you scroll through The Style Files, you will discover lots of other inspiring interiors. Never over-designed, always with an individual touch.

-Also wonderful to peruses are The Travel Files: www.travel-files.com, also curated by Danielle de Lange and her excellent taste. When I travel where I stay is important to me, and Danielle has an outstanding eye for memorable and unique accommodations.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

More Indian Summer

©Nina Buesing Corvallo

I think we might have hit 70 degrees Fahrenheit in New York today. While strange, the weather was gorgeous and everyone was, and is, outside enjoying it.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Delphine Diallo & More

Delphine Diallo is currently fundraising over at Kickstarter. I know there is a bit of backlash in regard to Kickstarter, in part because Kickstarter and sites like it, are so cluttered with perhaps not so worthy projects,taking focus away from work or projects that deserve attention and funding.
I am a supporter of Delphine Diallo's project The Gift. Hopefully you will also find this project worthy of support.
Find out more about the project by visiting Kickstarter, Delphine's website: www.delphinediawdiallo.com or visiting Marcus Samuelson's site: www.marcussamuelsson.com.
Or better, if you are in New York, head to Brooklyn for tonight's MoCADA opening reception to see work by Delphine Diallo in person:

PIXELATING: Black in New Dimensions
Curated by Zemen Kidane, Isissa Komada-John, & Jabari Owens-Bailey
MoCADA’s 2011-2012 Curatorial Fellows
November 17, 2011 – February 25, 2012

PS: Another thought on the Kickstarter backlash. I can understand that people are annoyed by the over-saturation and the gall of some people.
However patrons and artists have been intertwined for centuries. Today an artist can appeal to a wider audience than ever before and anyone can be a (micro) patron. Regardless of the over-saturation, I think that this is a better system.
An alternative is artist selling their work through third parties at depressed pricing. While perhaps gaining small exposure briefly, long term artists are diluting their work and often giving up rights and control of their work in the process.
There is a big difference between someone doing street art or consciously giving away their work without monetary compensation or even selling their work on big cartel or etsy; and artists being exploited by third party vendors and agencies, practically giving away their work and the rights to their works for nothing.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Darkroom

lots of snow and awesome dogs- the arctic circle- also meditative and communal at once ©Nina Buesing Corvallo

While finally doing a massive cleaning of my office I came across some small 4x6 B&W RC machine prints from my trip to the Arctic Circle. They were stuck together. So I took them to the sink and soaked them in lukewarm water and they came apart and now are drying.
Washing the prints triggered an intense longing for the darkroom. I haven't been in one in ages and it has been even longer since I printed B& W Fiber prints.
I didn't realize how much I miss that environment.
My favorite dark room set up was that of my undergrad studies. The Photo Department was on 2/3 of the 8th Floor of NYU's Tisch building and small. Equipped at the time with two studios, a "state of the art"digital room, a couple of classrooms, an equipment cage, two communal darkrooms (one for B&W, one for color printing) and a couple of private darkrooms for special projects. Printing, there, could be an act of solitude and meditation and/or also very communal.
I miss it.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Alec in My Pocket

Alec Baldwin's WNYC podcast show has premiered and it's great. You can find the podcast at: www.wnyc.org/shows/heresthething/
I like downloading podcasts to my Blackberry so that I can listen to them throughout the day. This morning while making breakfast I had Here's The Thing playing from my pocket. Good stuff. And what a voice for radio!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Good Day Downtown

Dreaming of a tropical getaway. ©Nina Buesing Corvallo

Joanna Goddard just went on a romantic getaway with her husband (without Toby!) and reading her post made me yearn for the Caribbean.
But for now I am in New York and that's good too. We had a gorgeous crisp fall day yesterday, which I started with the Farmer's Market and followed with a tasty brunch with friends at L'Orange Bleu -- which serves the best Brioche Perdu!
On the way home I passed by Heavenly Grace Buddhist Temple on Centre Street, which is always a lovely sight and I discovered Rebbecca Hossack Gallery on Mott Street, which I think is a great addition to the neighborhood.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Bill & I

Maybe the film raised our collective awareness or maybe Bill Cunningham is out and about more than ever. Either way two of my friends recently had encounters with Bill Cunningham and I saw him this morning at the Farmer's Market. Of course he was with his camera, astutely observing. I think he might have liked my hair, but otherwise I did not arrest his gaze ;)

If you have not see the above alluded to film, you can now catch Bill Cunningham New York on Netflix. It was also available free on Hulu , but unfortunately is no longer.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Gallery Hop This & That

Birdfeeder on the Highline From A Corvallo A Day ©Nina Buesing Corvallo

Also on view currently is Walton Ford's latest show at Paul Kasmin Gallery in Chelsea.
Looking at new works by three of my favorite artists today (Simen Johan, Ryan McLennan & Walton Ford) I felt that all three were stretching or eager to stretch themselves. It is interesting to follow an artist over the years and see their process and evolution and perhaps even struggle.

We walked home on the Highline, which while very modern is really a great feat for New York. If you never saw the Highline before it was turned into a park, I recommend Joel Sternfeld's book Walking the High Line (with an essay by Adam Gopnik).

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Things to See in NYC

We hope you had a good Hallowen :)From A Corvallo A Day ©Nina Buesing Corvallo

Amy Cutler: Acquainted at Leslie Tonknonow - through November 5, 2011
Julia Margaret Cameron at Hans P. Kraus - through November 18, 2011.
The Ronal S. Lauder Collection: Selections fromthe 3rd Century BC to the 20th Century/Germany,Austria and France at the Neue Gallerie - through April, 2012 - some goodies in there, such as work by a Anselm Kiefer & Franz Marc.

And online: www.delphinediawdiallo.com.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Saturday This & That

It's snowing in New York today. Interesting ;)

Nude by Peter Robinson-Smith

Good day to stay inside. Yesterday though we had all blue skies and we spent all day walking around. At night in SoHo we came across the work of Peter Robinson-Smith who makes beautiful 3D sketches out of mesh, that throw wonderful shadows. Mr. Robinson-Smith sells his work on Wooster street during most of the year. He also has a website: www.petesmithart.com, but if you can try to see the work in person it has so much more depth that the website or photographs communicate.

I am also enjoying the work of Anne Siems, you can too at: www.annesiems.com.

Friday, October 28, 2011

New Engineering School in NYC

Now this is exciting! The city is offering land and a 100 million dollars to universities to set up a new engineering & applied sciences in the city. I think this is excellent news for New York City.
You can read more about the plan at: www.cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/19/bloomberg-pledges-money-and-land-for-engineering-school/.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Pastry Pride

Pâtisserie From A Corvallo A Day ©Nina Buesing Corvallo

The other night we watched The Kings of Pastry --which is a gem.
I saw the trailer at Film Forum way back and I remember that critics loved it and highlighted the intensity of film, with quotes such as: "I never saw so many strong men sobbing at once." - The Guardian UK and "Forget Masterchef. This is the culinary Hurt Locker." --Herald Scotland.
And it is true the movie is full of tension and dense understated emotion. I found this film absurd and yet full of truth -- and simply beautiful.
Yes, these men are making pastry but it is about so much more as well.
It is about caring& passion, pride & dedication and recognition.
At the beginning of the documentary we see French President Nicolas Sarkozy address the honorees of the competition and remind the listeners to not think of "manual knowledge to be less noble than academic knowledge, less capable to create wealth and well being." To value the artisanal skill as much as the intellectual talent is a good.
Of course to see only men compete is backwards.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wednesday This & That

Love the new work courtesy Ryan McLennan

Tomorrow: Simen Johan at Yossi Milo Opening Reception and while you are in Chelsea check out Ryan McLennan lastets show at Joshua Liner Gallery.

Listen to Robert Levine discuss his book Free Ride: How Digital Parasites are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back on The Leonard Lopate Show Archive. Interesting segment. BTW Have you pledged? :) It's that time of year.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tuesday This & That

From A Corvallo A Day ©Nina Buesing Corvallo

These past weeks I have not posted much. I don't have many words these days. But I have been taking more pictures. You can see a snapshot a day over at: www.ACorvalloADay.tumblr.com -- just little vignettes from the quotidian.

Adam Gopnik's new book The Table Comes First: Family, France and the Meaning of Food comes out today and he will have a book signing event at (where else?!) The Strand November 14, 2011 from 7-8 PM.

(via Kottke) The story about a coupled that died hand in hand after 72 years marriage made me tear up.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

You & Me

The world is a messy place. But I think small actions matter.
Be active in your community, help your family and friends when you can.
Personally I also really like the idea of micro lending. As the current economy shows, when lending is not available things stall. It makes you the bank and while it might not seem like much, it could make a difference. I am sure in the past someone has done you a favor that really helped you out, maybe that certain someone was even a stranger. With Kiva you can return the favor. Check out it: www.kiva.org

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Rufus & Mordecai

Rufus & Mordecai (not their real names) from A Corvallo A Day
©Nina Buesing Corvallo

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sandra Juto

If you follow this blog you know how much I like Sandra Juto and her work. Sandra is multi-talented and she can make everything special. Some months back Sandra started using Instagram and the selection of imagery she is creating with her phone is fantastic. I think Apple should use Sandra's images for an Ad campaign. They really should. I am enjoying my Blackberry 9900 Bold. It's a little Worker Bee. But I look at Sandra's Instagrams and want an iPhone! Of course it's not just the phone and the app, the pictures are great because of Sandra.
Anyway, go t0: www.instagram.heroku.com/users/sandrajuto to enjoy Sandra's Instagrams :)

A Corvallo A Day

Yesterday in Soho from A Corvallo A Day ©Nina Buesing Corvallo

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Saturday This & That

- Looking forward to Here's The Thing -- Alec Baldwin's podcast on WNYC!

- Fall is here and Sandra's Wrist Worms (handmade in Berlin!) are back. There is one for everyone: vegan ones, big ones, all sorts of colors and patterns. Check it: www.wristworms.com.

- Camilla has a new blog and it is Morran -centric: www.studiomorran.blogspot.com!

- And lastly something really awesome (via Kottke): The Skin Laser Gun. If this works it will change so much. Watch the video at www.kottke.org.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011

i type

My SIM card got fried and at first I thought it was my phone itself, so I started to finally consider upgrading. I have been rocking a Blackbery 8700g for about six years and while it was limited (2G!), what it did, it did outstandingly. I received my push email in Bali, in the Arctic, on many beaches and in the Central American Jungle. And my Gosh, the battery life was unbelievable (simple sometimes is better).
I dropped and dropped that phone and it kept on trucking. When they made the 8700g Blackberry was the shit -- to speak plainly.
So what to upgrade to? While very tempted by the iphone (the ease, the camera, some of those apps, the design), but I can't really get over not having a keyboard (and true push email is nice too).

Right now I am trying out the Blackberry 9900 Bold. It's a really nice phone. I like having an excellent keyboard, a super responsive touch screen and a track pad. It's sweet. It is also easy to set up and navigate. But what a week I have picked to get a new Blackberry! WTF Blackberry?
A multiple day outage affecting most of the world? Seriously?!

I am no technofile, but the husband is, and from what I understand this outage might just be another nail in the RIM coffin. What a pity. You people make some beautiful & durable hardware. And I like that you get that some of us want a keyboard.
Now can you please resolve your issues and provide us also with a kick ass operating system? That would be awesome.
Alternatively, how about a freaking keyboard, Apple? I know sliders are kinda whack, but if you made an iphone with a keyboard I would be yours.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs 1955-2011

I have never owned an Apple product. Nevertheless I greatly appreciate the leader that Steve Jobs was. He was only 56 years of age. What a loss for the world and America in particular.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Happy Birthday!

©Nina Buesing Corvallo

Sending lots of love, happiness and birthday wishes to a very dear friend. You know who you are :)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Bruce Davidson @ The Strand

Legendary Bruce Davidson will be at The Strand (12th & Broadway) tonight at 7 PM to sign copies of the re-issue of Subway (one of the best New York photo books ever). To attend you need to buy a copy of the book or purchase a $10 Strand gift card.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Feast

©Nina Buesing Corvallo

When I was in high school our friend Joe always made us walk through the Feast of San Gennaro. He just loved the feast. I didn't mind. It reminded me of Dom back home. But when I lived in Nolita I dreaded the Feast. San Gennaro brings noise, alarming hygiene conditions and lots of yikes to the residents; and loss of income to the businesses that are not involved in the feast.
The other day while re-watching the Godfather II, it occurred to me that I had never seen the actual procession of San Gennaro.
So the husband and I went down to The Church of Most Precious Blood watched the mass (in English and Italian!) last Monday and followed the procession up Mulberry Street. I must say that I enjoyed it. The tradition of the San Gennaro feast hails from Naples. I was very moved by it, no doubt because my father-in-law was from Naples and he recently unexpectedly passed.
My father-in-law was a staunch atheist and I am a staunch agnostic. Nevertheless it was captivating and a treat to imagine decades past of people celebrating the feast of San Gennaro on Mulberry street.
This is part of what makes New York great: That people are from everywhere and that you can celebrate Chinese New Year one month on one block and the feast of San Gennaro on the adjacent block some months later.
Culture and tradition can be stifling, but it doesn't have to be and life is a little more colorful with these elements.
As to the Feast, well I am glad I don't live on Mulberry Street this week. I wish the organizers would emphasize quality and tradition more and focus less on commerce at all cost (and keep the vendors from blasting amplified music). But I did enjoy myself and I even ended up buying something -- a flying frog sculpture hand carved in Bali.
I know.

La Festa di San Gennaro ©Nina Buesing Corvallo

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Other Night

...while trying to get back into a community board meeting, I came across this beautiful moment at St. Anthony of Padua. ©Nina Buesing Corvallo

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Saturday This & That

One the most important pieces of art - for me - is Gerhard Richter's 1963 painting Hirsch (in English know as Deer or sometimes as The Stag). I was excited to read on Horses Think that Corinna Belz has completed a documentary on and with the (typically sparse) participation of Gerhard Richter. You can read more about the film and see the poignant trailer at: www.gerhard-richter-painting.de.

Via Kottke.org I cam across Clifford J. Levy's New York Times Magazine (September 15, 2011) article My Family's Experiment in Extreme Schooling, which I reacted strongly to and ultimately feel very ambivalent about.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Queens Edition!

Come check out my friend Rona's new show, photographed in her home borough and our home town. All images © Rona Chang

Rona Chang: Moving Forward, Standing Still – Queens Edition
The Homefront Gallery
26-23 Jackson Avenue Long Island City, NY 11101
September 17 – October 29, 2011
Opening Reception: Saturday September 17, 4 – 6pm

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Woke Up

On the right side of the bed today. It's been a while :)

Monday, September 12, 2011


I had never seen a rainbow from a plane before. Of course I saw this while flying over the Caribbean Sea ;) The Caribbean are so full of beauty. ©Nina Buesing Corvallo