Thinking of each of you, dear friends, at this turning of the season. I hope you are very well.
Recently, while working on new images, I noticed a leaning toward cool, somewhat moody, blues, linking these otherwise random-themed photos. Perhaps they’re a reminder of the darkening days or the mild panic they induce, alerting one to the coming end of the year and the oh-so-incomplete project lists. Or inspiring a wistful look back at the days now past.
Whatever the association, I found them calming, and a refreshing counterpoint to the abundance of green and red and gold.
To my American friends, I wish you and yours a wonderful day of gratitude and appreciation on Thanksgiving.
Hope you have a beautiful weekend ahead.
Dusk and dawn.
A fair amount of time had passed since either of us had visited the city, when, somewhat out of the blue, an opportunity for a short trip presented itself. With a small handful of sunrises and sunsets ahead of us, and graced with perfect weather, we set about capturing the grand and iconic scenes, photographed countless times yet perpetually in demand by our agencies and clients. Great cities change on daily basis, skylines morph and fresh images are always desired.
Taxis, plentiful and swift, were our chariots, zipping us across the urban landscape on early mornings and mauve tinted evenings. I lost count of how many wild, dawn-and-dusk rides we took, chasing the light from Central Park to Soho, from 42nd Street to Brooklyn, calculating how to be at three locations at once – balancing a tripod on the bouncing Brooklyn Bridge in the still-dark morning, catching the first rays of sun across Central Park or the dawn illuminating Bow Bridge, reflected in the still waters beneath it. After some years, we are pretty adept at these maneuvers but they still get the heart racing. Very healthy for the circulation, no doubt. :)
In spite of the early mornings, we thoroughly enjoyed every minute. New York welcomed us and impressed us with friendliness, cleanliness and a feeling of safety not always experienced on previous visits. I’m so glad we got reacquainted! And of course there was an abundance of pizza, cheesecake and coffee to soothe the weary soul. :)
Thank you so much for visiting! Much more New York to come. We hope you are all well and will enjoy coming along for the ride!
G (and D)
Hello, dear friends!
Autumn is truly here with its lacy golden and crimson leaves but that needn’t preempt our desire for roses!
Early in the summer, I had the great fortune to meet up with Dawn, a passionate flower grower in the Skagit Valley an hour north of me, whose beautiful farm, All My Thyme, specializes in David Austin and other sumptuous English garden roses. You can imagine that I was in heaven walking the fields with her and seeing all the varieties she grows. We spent hours discussing the finer points and challenges of so many favorites.
We embarked on a project (not yet complete) to photograph each one, so I began creating these petit bouquets. (The first one above features blooms from my garden and the rest showcase individual varieties from Dawn’s farm.)
Each image was photographed in my studio on a plain, charcoal-colored background. To create the impression of a chalkboard, I used the Chalkboard texture from my friend Shana’s wonderful Florabella texture collection.
In other news, we’ve just returned from a fantastic visit to New York City, where we were greeted by glorious weather and the first hints of autumn color. We stayed here (with a stunning view over the San Remo apartments and Central Park) and ate in fun Upper West side bistros like this one. But mostly we were up (painfully) early to photograph the sunrise in various locations, including Central Park and the Brooklyn Bridge. Will be sharing those images here soon.
Wishing you all a very happy and fulfilling week!