Long time no see! Not exactly sure why I have been away...a busy year and also I have been on some sort of crazy creative ride. Last summer I began to focus on video since clients were sniffing around asking and that was absorbing. Now I find my self taking ceramics classes and slowly revisting painting. And of course still doing my "day job" of photography and making surfaces for the prop house. And when not doing that just on the internet checking out all the incredible talent creating things 24/7.
Here we are in the middle of August and the produce at
the Union Square Farmers' Market practically
grabs you around the neck and says
"go ahead, say I'm beautiful!"....
I become a bit manic when faced with such overload.
I bought tons of tomatoes and some
loopy peppers and shot them in the studio. The heirloom tomatoes
(so hard to find just a few years ago)
are everywhere in the market. There must be an
Heirloom Tomato Public Relations campaign somewhere
because what was ugly to most of us a few years ago now is beautiful.
A few weeks ago I was out in Southern California visiting my sister Kathy and her husband Steve and her great kids Hanna and Ben. A nice surprise was that my brother's daughter, Marisa, was there for the weekend. Marisa is a photographer and an actress and I spent a little time taking some pics of her.
Good to catch up with her and my family for a few short days.
Jumping ahead before I am finished with the posts of my trip to Amsterdam.
The night before our flight back to NYC we decided to stay at Schiphol Airport. I went to the internet and found CitizenM. It looked like fun and yet completely functional. Two qualities I love. And it was. The rooms are small and designed like the inside of a watch. Or those Russian dolls where something smaller is inside the bigger one. This is a hotel where the bedroom is basically a place to sleep. The bed and pillows were perfect and the sheets felt nice and crisp. The public spaces in the lobby are where you would like to hang out and have a drink and sit on their designer furniture.
I just decided I had to see if I could take some pics in the few hours before our flight.
The staff was great. The man behind the coffee machine at breakfast was so much fun and he had everyone smiling. Check in was efficient and pleasant.
Even the three minute walk from the hotel to the terminal felt special under a very well designed awning covering the walkway (in Amsterdam you often need a little protection from Mother Nature's sprinkles).
We bought these bisque porcelain tealight pieces at a store named &kleverling at 8 Haarlemmerstraat right up close to the Central Station. The colors are super saturated on the inside of the pieces and a wonderful soft matte white on the outside.
I liked them so much I made a little movie. Click the link or the pic to see it on Vimeo!