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.
I 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.
My 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.
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.
The 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. Outside 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.
I made my way to Tiny Park, #120 and shared a sunset moment with gallery owners Brian and Thao.
Last 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.
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!
This 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.
We’ve been in Austin for a year now. One of my favorite things here is the sky. It never disappoints with the drama. And there’s so much of it.
We moved to Austin last year in time for the kids to start school. After ten months we were overdue for a trip back to the Northeast.
Austin sky. Tuesday morning exit.
Plane view. These days kids get the window, and I get glimpses.
There it is. I realize I’ve been longing for this place.
On the drive into town from Newark. I love the old industrial vibe.
Water towers are always good. Especially with those windows.
NYC. The new World Trade Center, old buildings, and someone’s rooftop garden.
My twin brother and his wife flew here from NYC to surprise me and celebrate our birthday together! Husband was perfectly in cahoots with them and my mind was properly blown. On our birthday we headed over to UT’s Blanton Museum of Art. The current exhibit is Through the Eyes of Texas: Masterworks from Alumni Collections. The great thing about gathering works from all over is that the art is so diverse. We all wandered, crisscrossing, commenting, digging it. My littlest one even found her favorite Georgia O’keefe painting!