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.
Posting from the road today, currently in sunny Viña del Mar, Chile, after spending last weekend in Santiago with my wonderful friend María Cecilia at her stunning home in the hills above the city. (If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you’ll have seen some of these images throughout the past week already.)
María Cecilia and I have been blogging friends for over three years and first met in person two years ago. We’ve always hoped to meet again for a longer visit (and to do some dedicated antique shopping). Last week I returned, spending several days in her beautiful mountain retreat. And with her expert advice and guidance through the maze of the Santiago flea market, I collected wonderful pieces for use in upcoming photo shoots. But the highlight was absolutely the time we spent together and I am very grateful for her kindness, generosity and joyful spirit. Many of you know her from her blog Casa Dulce Hogar and if not, you are in for a wonderful treat as you explore her breathtaking, rose-filled posts, all photographed at her exquisite house and garden. The serene and peaceful atmosphere she has created there is magical – soothing and rejuvenating. And her enthusiasm and energy are a pure delight. (More photos from my previous visit can be seen here. )
Thank you, Chichi, for sharing your beautiful world with me! Without the connections of blogging, I would not have met this lovely friend. She, and all of you, are so important in my life.
Wishing you each a wonderful week 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)