Saturday, August 29, 2009

Some new friends...

Well now in my bedroom there is a ceiling lamp. At first I was resistant because I liked how open it felt without something hanging over the bed. But being able to turn on a light with a switch at night feels all sorts of modern. Getting used to what at first felt like an alien space craft hovering over me when I woke up. Of course the design is beautiful to me. Just enough happening so that it is not too plain but not so much that it feels like it demands constant attention. And my kitchen table now has a very nice little "bonsai" maple tree plant. I put bonsai in quotes because I bought it on Canal Street in chinatown from a man selling them off a folding table and I have no idea if this plant will last. But for now I like having it here in the morning to greet me.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Summer into Fall

Was at the studio today (and well, yesterday late--9:30 and friday until 9:30 and today until 9:00). Shooting for a client and the going was slow. So slow in fact that when a friend brought in a bunch of gorgeous tomatoes from his tiny little Brooklyn backyard garden I had time to set up a shot and do a little pic. Also on hand were some very pretty fall-looking things from the Flower Market.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

What Doesn't Look Good Against Black?

Is it because I recently moved into a place I painted gray? Is something in the air, stylistically? I feel like I am cheating on my "white" lover. Today I went to the Farmer's Market and bought some dahlias and some fruit. The colors are too crazy right now---so orange and yellow and red. The flowers look perfect in my new thrift-store black vase (from the aisles of a place in Orlando, Florida). The fruit looks luscious against the black and gray bowls.

Of course the fruit was still pretty inside the plastic bag from the market.

The Newest and Best Public Space In New York

How the High Line Park ever came to exist is mind boggling. Real Estate interests wanted to demolish the rail line and two area residents created the Friends Of The High Line in 1999 and here today we have this gorgeous (if not yet completed) public space for walking high up above the streets.

Last night I happened to be near there---after escaping the Apple Store on 14th Street with my credit card still in my wallet--and decided to check it out. I'm glad I had my camera(wish I had my tripod!).

Then, after I walked the completed length up to 20th street a woman had just begun performing (Renegade Cabaret) off a fire escape. I understand there was a marching band there recently....last night was a woman in a red dress singing jazz.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Farmer's Market Union Square NYC

Being habitual I again went saturday morning to the Union Square Farmer's Market. It is just about near the zenith of summer produce. Maybe one more week or two and then the produce just pours in from the local farms.

Everything I bought of course was local:the peaches, the blueberries, the purple basil and the mozzarella cheese. I am such a lazy eater that I hardly ever cook but I did manage to boil some water and make myself a delicious warm pasta with the basil, tomatoes and cheese.

Gotta get more friendly with my kitchen...

Saturday, August 1, 2009

"Uncle" Jim...

Here are a very cute bunch of kids---Joe's nephew and nieces. And in no particular order their obsessions were: Abercrombie & Fitch, The Gap, Lego Bionicles, Stone Cold Creamery Ice Cream, swimming and of course, going to the mall.