AVAN LAVA

20140914.avanlava.2483.2_webAvan Lava (“ah-VAHN lah-VAH”) is an engaging, fun band out of NYC. They have been to Austin twice since I’ve lived here –  for SXSW and Stargayzer festivals. I spent a couple of days seeing music with them. Their knowledge and enthusiasm about the other acts made for a great time. p.s. I love photographing people who like each other.

Holi 2014

Holi is the Hindu festival celebrating the arrival and color of the spring season. The Hindu Students Association here in Austin at UT put on an amazing celebration – even billing it as the largest waste free event in the US!

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“Beauty is enjoyable.”

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This year has continued our settling in to life in Austin, Texas. I’m happy to say more people I know come through this city than our previous residence.

My husband shot this, one of my favorite pictures from 2013. I’m with Hugh Masekela, my “Uncle Hugh” when he was here to play with Larry Willis back in June. Hugh was one of my father’s best friends. To hear is voice, and his trumpet, makes me feel at home. We sat on the back terrace at The One World Theater for dinner after soundcheck. When he and Larry were called for the show, Hugh joked to the guy “There won’t be a concert tonight. We’ll bring the audience up two by two and have conversations!”

I got to see another couple of friends who were in town on Sunday. One I’ve known since the 7th grade. The kind you jump right in with however long it’s been. At one point he looked at me and said “You have to see this movie”. So that night I saw “Herb and Dorothy”, a documentary from 2008. It’s about the Vogels, an unassuming pair who amass an impressive contemporary art collection in NYC during the 1960′s, ’70′s and ’80′s. (This post title is a quote from Mr. Vogel)

I love this observation by Richard Tuttle on Herb and Dorothy Vogel:

“Most of us go through the world never seeing anything. Then you meet somebody like Herb…and Dorothy…who have eyes that see. Something goes from the eye to the soul without going through the brain”

May you see and enjoy much beauty in 2014.

Above It

2013-11-07 Flight 036.The Sky ViewI haven’t had the window seat since I started flying with children. I went alone this time and hogged the view. When I began shooting clouds from up there I’d shoot all kinds of film and mess with the processing. “What is it?” They would ask.  Now I find too many options, a need to keep the mood. Today it feels heavenly, my father would have been 77.

East Austin Studio Tour Day One

2013-11-16 E.AST. 002.webMy first stop at E.A.S.T. was at Pump Project Satellite Studios #62. There were a bunch of artists and art to love. Also there was impressive woodwork including signage, tangrams, trelliswork and lampshades. Likely also the warmest group of the day.

2013-11-16 E.AST. 009.edit.web Trophyology’s fabulous Eva Shone. German architect makes a home in Austin creating these gorgeous “artisan crafted awards and milestone gifts”. She is #50.2E on the tour.

2013-11-16 E.AST. 013.webThe amazing Blue Genie will host a no-holds barred pinewood derby this Saturday night. “The Danger Derby” is #57.7b situated beside Canopy (#57) which is a massive collection of galleries and studios that you could easily spend an entire day perusing. 2013.11.16.EAST.Chenowith.webOutside chez Chenoweth #89a. One of my favorite things about EAST is to visit homes of local artists. It feels like every surface and color is thought out, touched, lived in and loved. Homey. Romantic. Across the street a boy was selling his own art. He also had on sale for a dollar – popcorn, water (less $ if you had your own cup) or to release a pigeon. I chose to hold the white bird and to release it up to its buddies.

2013-11-16 E.AST. 030.sunset.webI made my way to Tiny Park, #120 and shared a sunset moment with gallery owners Brian and Thao.

2013-11-16 E.AST. 043.webLast stop of the day was #33 Flatbed Press and Gallery Shoal Creek. Another unassuming building that houses so much gorgeous art and space. I had the chance to attend Alfonso Huerta’s printmaking demonstration from a copperplate etching for a packed room. Up front was the multitalented Bob Schneider’s show opening – collages on windows and wood, intricate drawings, and sculpture. It’s certainly thoughtful rock and roll art – edgy with a sense of humor and beauty.

Transition

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Hi there. I’ve been out of the game here in blogland for a while, focusing on the raising of children and getting stabilized far from home. New material is forthcoming. What I want to share now are images from my archives. These are the moments that will give you context for what I’m planning, thinking, and dreaming for my photography.

This portrait was shot late one night on a film shoot in Harlem. It’s Paul Sorvino as Pagliacci. It was hot, we were in some location apartment. He had just signed on and they needed a picture to use as a poster/prop. The grips were gracious enough to let us borrow some lights. He was professional and cool but I still felt the need to name drop a key person we had in common to gain his trust on the quick!

1997-tarmac-living-watermark.jpgThis one was posted previously and it’s still a favorite. Who gets to be in a scenario such as this? As a production still photographer I’d love to take a moment to romanticize the movie set by shooting the set in it’s setting.

Tomorrow I will dive deep into the creative mecca that is Austin,Texas at the East Austin Studio Tour.