Listening to "Face to Face on High Places" by School of the Seven Bells. Because they've made an album, Alpinisms, of "mountain climbing songs".
"There is an art to finding your way in the lower regions by the memory of what you have seen when you were higher up. When you can no longer see, you can at least still know..." - Rene Daumal
"'The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.' - Marcel Proust
Five years ago, Portugal did present itself as a new landscape in my life - both literally and metaphorically. Since then, I have photographed exclusively along a very small stretch of its southern coastline. Returning to this specific place, I've sought out its nuances. In doing so, I have peeled back layers of how I see, and how I experience this magical environment.
The results of my slight obsession have evolved into two distinct series. Here are two images from Praia Piquinia, a body of work focusing on a singular, secluded beach front in which all of the pictures are taken from essentially the same elevated angle. What the still life was for Morandi, this beach is for me. From a distance, I observe the variables: light, weather, time of day, the ebb and flow of the ocean, and the sunbathers, unaware, below my large format camera. The images are shot vertically, a departure from the traditional, horizontal format in landscape photography. It puts my subject matter in the form of a portrait - an ongoing record of this ethereal yet playful nook in nature over the minutes, the days, the years. Ultimately, I try to instill an element of time within these captured moments... visceral time, elastic from one image to another. And always, I seek to have new eyes." -Christian Chaize
Discovered Christian Chaize's Praia Piquina series today - please take a look as the photographs are gorgeous! I'm putting the 30x40" version on my half-birthday list...(July 10, for all those keeping track).
Buy his work at 20x200
Just finished watching the documentary on Carine Roitfeld on CNN.com. Oh to have that French accent...
Watch it online here: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
"She is like nobody else, and that is already the most important thing, non?" -Karl Lagerfeld
image: grandylion via Flickr
It's so many miles and so long since I've met you
Don't even know what I'll say when I get to you
But suddenly now, I know where I belong
It's many hundred miles and it won't be long
- "Train Song" by Feist + Ben Gibbard
Françoise Gilot and Pablo Picasso in Villauris, France
photographed by Gjon Mili for LIFE Magazine, 1949
"As we turned to go, Picasso said, 'If you want to come back again, by all means come. But if you do come, don't come like pilgrims to Mecca. Come because you like me, because you find my company interesting, and because you want to have a simple, direct relationship with me. If you only want to see my paintings, you'd better go to a museum.'" - Life With Picasso, by Françoise Gilot