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Thursday, March 29, 2012

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: Th PEEPSHOW presents A SPRING AFFAIR, or, GREENING...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: Th PEEPSHOW presents A SPRING AFFAIR, or, GREENING...: photoanildsud courtesyathoughtfuleye Peeps, If being able to experience flight, as today's visual treat so magnificently alludes, s...

Th PEEPSHOW presents A SPRING AFFAIR, or, GREENING OF THE EARTH / Day 3

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Peeps,


If being able to experience flight, as today's visual treat so magnificently alludes, sign me up for wings, ballooning, hang-gliding, or lucid dreams while curled up with my four pillows/two blankets/scented foot-lotion, and uninterrupted sleep.  The soft verdant hills beckon invitingly and suggest infinity, making the thought of leaving it all behind --as we all will--less alarming, mildly cautionary, and re-emphasizing the preciousness of it all, meaning our time here on this earth.  Today is not a time for being melancholy or maudlin, (and pathos serves no purpose), and during the morning's perfection, countless birds twitter and hop from branch to branch, leaves unfurl in accordance to an ancient rhythm, and little white clouds float breezily overhead.


I must admit to experiencing pangs of jealousy at the superb specimens of container-pots featured in the gardening magazines, both at the gorgeous vessels utilized and the creative combination of plant materials which reveal assurance and skill, as well as dedication during the hell we call July and August.  This week I resolved to undertake container plantings that would make passers-by green with envy, and ventured onto the nursery lot at dawn's break (or at the unloading of the grower's delivery truck) in search of the choicest specimens.  On the verandah, three hanging baskets have had their raffia liners filled of a trio composed of obedient plant/caladium/bronze clover; 2 composite urns that are situated at the entry to Madame Felicia's home will be filled with sun-loving apricot-colored blanket flower {Gaillarda 'Arizona Apricot'}, fragrant rosemary {Rosmarinus 'Arp'}, and bluebeard {Caryopteris 'Longwood Blue'} to provide height and mid to late summer interest, creeping stonecrop {Sedum album ' Coral Carpet'} to cover the base of plant-stalks and minimize moisture loss on the soil surface, and bloody cranesbill {Geranium 'Max Frel'} to spill over the container's side.  I'm both curious and excited about the results, and will keep you all posted as to the wow factor (as expressed by others).


Tomorrow is Friday, and the weather forecaster predicts the best weekend yet.  So enjoy it responsibly and have a sober friend (or cabbie) get you home after celebrating the end of March and the count-down to chocolate eggs, bunny-rabbits, and a new church-hat.


Best,
Shane

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The PEEPSHOW presents A SPRING AFFAIR, or, GREENIN...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The PEEPSHOW presents A SPRING AFFAIR, or, GREENIN...: photeriksunstrom Peeps, I'm sort of glad that cool nights and mild days are still with us; in some parts, the descent from the crisp ...

The PEEPSHOW presents A SPRING AFFAIR, or, GREENING OF THE EARTH / DAY 2

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Peeps,


I'm sort of glad that cool nights and mild days are still with us; in some parts, the descent from the crisp mornings of April and May to the horrors of 85 or 90+ comes quickly, and my memory of a blood-red sun hanging on the horizon with the promise of a pollen-laden, humid work-day amidst stricken plants under a breeze-less sky is best forgotten at this time.  Maybe, just maybe, a mild winter will in turn lead to a mild summer, or so we wish,  perhaps knowing quite well that the Farmer's Almanac predicts otherwise.  I frequently wonder at those who choose to live in states such as Nevada, Texas, and Arizona where rains are sparse, temperatures soar into the 100s, and daily life is limited to the confines of a cooled home, air-conditioned vehicle, or brief nocturnal jaunts in search of entertainment or distraction.


Near the kitchen table in my childhood home, where most breakfasts and lunches were eaten, customarily hung a wall calendar featuring English (and Welsh) country villages, invariably filled with charming cottage gardens of phlox, columbines, climbing roses and so forth, brightly-colored doorways and thatched roofs.  If I had been asked to describe paradise, I'm sure I would have pointed to such an image, where an idyllic life is filled with endless cups of tea, countless plates of scones-with-fresh-cream/sizzling sausages/soft-boiled eggs, friendly dogs, and adventures such as those experienced by The Secret Seven or Famous Five (young protagonists who turned every holiday into a suspenseful drama from the first page to the last).  Notwithstanding that today's visual treat is located in Sweden, pleasant memories like sweet porridge, buttered-toast, and BBC radio-serials came flooding upon me at first sight of this summer-cottage, (hypothetically) situated somewhere between heaven and the midnight-sun.


Hope you are all having a great day, especially our blog readers in Wales.


Best,
Shane 

Sunday, March 25, 2012

The PEEPSHOW presents A SPRING AFFAIR, or, GREENING OF THE EARTH / Day 1

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courtesyathoughtfuleye

Peeps,


If anyone doubts that global warning is real, a quick survey of gardens and groves around our area will substantiate any and all theories put forth by the scientific community that things are heating up, so much so that our growing area has been changed from 6b to 7a.  The cherry-blossoms of the famed trees which line the Tidal Basin are upon us now, to the delight of early tourists and plant-lovers who relish this seasonal display.  Quince, forsythia, and service-berry are similarly ecstatic.  The nation's capital is most wondrous at this time of the year, and all should embrace the wonder of our numerous green-spaces and public gardens.


Lady's Emblom's garden seems illuminated at night by the white petals of Maureen tulips, abundant clumps of spring snowflakes {leucojum vernum}, and prancing bands of Daisy Miller which seems to have easily braved the mild winter.  In the morning, the full glory of her creativity is revealed by lush beds of grape-hyacinth {muscari} bordered by orange Princess Irene tulips.  Beneath the red-bud tree, species tulips have naturalized and complement the globular solemnity of English boxwood which line the garden paths.  Variegated and blue hostas are already pushing through, and ferns have burst forth from the moist layer of leaf mould.  In the early fall, nine peonies were planted in the front bed, and already about 3 inches of new shoots can be seen.  Rains yesterday invigorated rainbow leucothoe plants, as well as thirsty hydrangeas, azaleas, camellias, and shrub roses which now rise almost thigh-high and seem unstoppable. Plans for tackling the vegetable beds have been well undertaken by now, and onion, sweet-pepper, squash, and runner-bean seeds are germinating in trays out at the little hot-house where the temperature and humidity is just right, and squirrels and rabbits can't nibble or snack on this year's intended bounty.  


Whatever you failed to get done this past weekend, it's still not too late to head to your local garden-shop where herbs, vegetables, perennials and annuals are daily arriving.   This gardening season do try to have fun by committing to an hour every evening or weekend, trying new species and container-pot combinations, and promise yourself (as well as the planet) to get even greener by avoiding the aisle with pesticides, herbicides and other unwanted chemicals.  Your health, kids, pets, and all the other creatures of the earth will thank you for doing so.


Best,
Shane

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The PEEPSHOW presents A SPRING AFFAIR, or, GREENIN...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The PEEPSHOW presents A SPRING AFFAIR, or, GREENIN...: photomarkleong courtesyathoughtfuleye Peeps, If anyone doubts that global warning is real, a quick survey of gardens and parks around...

The PEEP-SHOW presents REINVENTING BEAUTY, CHAPTER IV / Day 5 -- WONDROUS!!

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Peeps,

Just wanted to thank you all for all your emails this week.  It seems that many of our blog readers were quite perturbed about the killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida, and as protests mount all around the country, we too are doing our part by advocating for justice by calling on government officials and law enforcement personnel to do the the right thing by arresting Mr. Zimmerman and then presenting the case to a judge and jury of his peers.  I know that a mother's (and father's) heart has been broken with the death of their son, and we all offer our condolences to the Martin family.


While it is easy to romanticize the past as we conjure images of landed gentry graciously stepping ashore from the Mayflower, younger voices within our society especially must be reminded that we are all the sons and daughters of immigrants, except for the original inhabitants of this great land -- the Native American Indians, whose views differ quite differently from the 'official story' or Thanksgiving, and probably wish that they had been more questioning of small-talk throughout dinner.  Irrespective of party affiliation, many decent and hard-working folks will concede that isolationism has not worked, and if America (U.S.A.) purports to be a global power, then the living conditions faced by others around the world are also our concern, for we are all interconnected and ignoring the white elephant only works for so long, and then BAM!!, the towers are burning and we admit that beyond these shores exists another reality (or realities) which we must now acknowledge or risk _____________.


Unlike Mr Daisey, I will admit that the living-room pictured above is not mine, but another's artistic interpretation of visual beauty.  Love it, and could imagine spending a life-time happily ensconced within that gracious room.  Hope you enjoyed this week's peep-show of visual treats, and remember that next week is all about gardens, a topic much favored by our readers in England.


Thanks,
Shane








(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The PEEP-SHOW presents REINVENTING BEAUTY, CHAPTER...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The PEEP-SHOW presents REINVENTING BEAUTY, CHAPTER...: photosourceunknown Peeps, Just wanted to thank you all for all your emails this week.  It seems that many of our blog readers were qu...

Friday, March 23, 2012

The PEEP-SHOW presents REINVENTING BEAUTY CHAPTER IV / Day 4 -- LUCK OR CHANCE

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Peeps,

I rarely indulge in game-play that involves betting; my mother strongly believed that games such as blackjack, roulette, and baccarat would invariable lead to poker and craps and forfeiting one's allowance, to be quickly followed by the loss of morals and honor by way of theft.  In her mind she easily conjured her offspring sitting cozy in the nearby speakeasy, drinks at the ready and Lou Rawls endlessly crooning through sunrise.  An exception was made for Monopoly and Chinese checkers, yet still not encouraged in her absence.  Friends of mine gather without fail for bi-monthly bouts of extended bridge, and swear that any sea-voyage will be made more pleasant by engaging in this type of recreation, yet I still prefer the company of a good book or a foreign thriller.  And I remain immune to testimonials by 'professionals' who will delve all the secrets of winning for a small fee (shipping + handling extra).  As well as convinced that the factors of luck or chance intermittently intercede without purpose or logic.

The players of card-games frequently cite the influences of luck or chance, which can determine the game's outcome.  I've alway been exasperated with certain younger friends who flaunt at every opportunity the distinction of being native-born, one of a still relatively small number of individuals who live within the nations' capital and delivered in one or two of the three hospitals (with a maternity ward).  Considering that I've experienced much of the city in the past 25 years that are well beyond the comprehension and knowledge of these new-comers, my immediate thought has always been:  where you're born is pure chance, and where you choose to live and call home is choice, a decision consciously made in tandem with the heart, brain, and soul.  Gregorio, a wizened old garden-hand thoughtfully pointed out today that his birth in Guatemala, a country ravaged by poverty and still plagued by domestic violence, was pure chance; the fact that he crossed over the Rio Grande river in spite of the patrolling border agents and dishonest people-smugglers (or coyotes) was pure luck.  If this tiny bit of wisdom could be shared with the xenophobic members of our society, perhaps the voices calling for shuttering the borders and draconian measurements to foster larger numbers of self-deportees may change from anger and indifference to empathy.  For, but the universe's draw of the cards, anyone of us could find our place at the table of plenty already taken or unset.  Life is pretty much just about chance and luck (lots of it) and hopefully in our favor.


Love a game of Risk, where strategy seems to determine losers or winner.


Hope you enjoyed today's visual treat, and thanks for all your emails this week.


Sincerely,
Shane





(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The PEEP-SHOW presents REINVENTING BEAUTY CHAPTER ...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The PEEP-SHOW presents REINVENTING BEAUTY CHAPTER ...: imagecourtesyvintage&chicblog Peeps, I rarely indulge in game-play that involves betting; my mother strongly believed that games s...

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The PEEPSHOW presents REINVENTING BEAUTY / Day 3...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The PEEPSHOW presents REINVENTING BEAUTY / Day 3...: imagecourtesyjohnmurphy viabijouxandboheme Peeps, I remember being immediately drawn to this particular image for the purity of col...

The PEEPSHOW presents REINVENTING BEAUTY / Day 3 -- ILLUMINATING COLOR (In Memory of Trayvon Martin)

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I remember being immediately drawn to this particular image for the purity of colors found within the composition of sharp contrasts.  Blood- red + midnight-black + dove-white carefully and cleverly supported by twin tassels of Inca-gold made for a picture worthy of repeated viewing, and subsequent sharing (with all of you equally aesthetically inclined individuals).  Just to amuse myself, I imagine the model as a jet-black beauty juxtaposed on pearly-white backdrop of snow clutching golden petals, or a golden goddess posed against the infinity of cerise, arms laden with black roses; all possibilities equally compelling and capable of holding us visually captive.  Different groups appreciate colors quite differently based on their specific cultural context; in the East, white is associated with death, while in many countries of the Western world, white is associated with purity, innocence, cleanliness, illumination, and perfection.  We are all aware of the meanings synonymous with the color black, such as death, evil, the unknown or the fearsome.  Language used in popular culture today as well as speech and literature throughout history reveals a bias for the negative, which still persists.  Whom amongst us has not heard of:  a black-out, a black-eye, being black-listed or being the black-sheep, trading in the black-market or engaged in black-mail.  Certain terms such as the LBD (little black dress), a black-tie affair, operating in the black, and, having a black-belt are certainly positive connotations of the word black, yet their effectiveness at changing perceptions, particularly in the arena of race or politics or power is debatable.  The Native-Americans (in the regions now known as the USA) associated black with life-giving soil, a fact of little importance to the majority of our citizens today.  The Maasi tribes of Kenya and Tanzania associate the color black with rain-clouds, a symbol of prosperity, life and regeneration; and in certain countries within Asia, the color black is welcomed for all the reasons most Americans avoid it here.  Yet, the mere mention of white, as in white-house, white-bread, white-meat, and nods or smiles of recognition are easily noted from coast to coast.

Would George Zimmerman have acted in the manner he did, if instead of seeing a black-boy wearing a dark hoodie, it had been a white boy wearing a white hoodie.  I presume not.  Tragically, the incident unfolded like a horrible scene from a crime-drama, leaving 17 year Trayvon Martin dead of a gunshot wound to his chest.  Is it perhaps foolish to wish that Mr Zimmerman had been able to visualize Trayvon in all his colorful incarnations, ranging from pure and wondrous (WHITE), or a confident and courageous being (RED), earthly and orderly (BROWN), demonstrating traits of endurance (ORANGE), one who appreciates beauty (PINK), happy, joyous, and wise (YELLOW), truthful and peaceful (BLUE), in a state of well-being (GREEN), wealthy and wise (GOLD), magical and mysterious (PURPLE), even GREY the color associated with some sorrow as well as maturity.  The outcome could have been so different if Trayvon could have been glimpsed fully in all his radiant psychic beauty--BLACK, the color of restful emptiness in which everything and anything may emerge and disappear and reappear; the color of potential and possibility.  Sadly Mr Zimmerman, the self-proclaimed neighborhood watch-captain, choose to succumb to paranoia and fear, and is now requesting immunity from prosecution under Florida's law which allows one to use deadly force in order to protect one's life.  While some of the facts still remain unclear, it's highly unlikely that a stocky man carrying a concealed weapon has much to fear from a gangly school-boy returning from the local snack-shop.  And around the nation, people of all colors watch and wait in disbelief, and shock, and horror.  



PS:  Today's soundtrack is HAKI MONU's Irradiate Your Inner Move

Monday, March 19, 2012

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The PEEP-SHOW presents REINVENTING BEAUTY, CHAPTER...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The PEEP-SHOW presents REINVENTING BEAUTY, CHAPTER...: imagecourtesyindigenousdialogue Peeps, Last week, the much anticipated new book from fellow-peep, namely Washington Post writer ...

The PEEP-SHOW presents REINVENTING BEAUTY, CHAPTER IV / Day 2 -- THE RICHER SEX

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Peeps,


Last week, the much anticipated new book from fellow-peep, namely Washington Post writer and author Liza Mundy, was released to critical acclaim.  Through long habit, I turned to the NPR's weekend magazine show (on Sunday), and was fortunate to hear Liza discuss The Richer Sex which focuses on the changing dynamic within households, both here and abroad, where women are, or will become in the very near future, the primary breadwinners of the family unit; this, a sharp contrast to commonly held assumptions about the roles of women within the family structure, and vis-a-vis society. 


 Amazon.com's review of The Richer Sex:  How the New Majority of Female Breadwinners is Transforming Sex, Love and Familystates that Ms Mundy ' goes deep inside the lives of the couples on this cutting edge to paint of picture of how dating, marriage, and home life are changing . . . In whose interest is it to delay commitment? Are men for the first time thinking of marriage the way women used to—as a bet on the economic potential of a spouse? In this new world of men marrying up,  are women learning to value new realms of male endeavor—like parenting, protection, and a margarita at the ready?  The future is here, with couples today debating who must assume the responsibility of primary earner and who gets the freedom of being the slow track partner. With more men choosing to stay home, Mundy shows how that lifestyle has achieved a higher status and all the ways males have found to recover their masculinity. And the revolution is global: Mundy takes us from Japan to Denmark to show how both sexes adapting as the marriage market has turned into a giant free-for-all, with men and women at different stages of this transformation finding partners in other countries who match their expectations.  The Richer Sex is a wild ride into the future, grounded in Mundy’s peerless journalism, and bound to cause women and men of all generations to rethink what this social upheaval will mean.'


Other reviews included the following: 



"Liza Mundy has written a visionary, optimistic, inspiring book about the future of gender relations in America. She writes with verve, rigor and a keen sense for the unexpected. This is the rare book about the future that not only tells you where we're headed by why we should want to arrive" ---Steve Coll
"[Mundy] deftly examines who wins, who loses, and who is left on the battlefields of love, sex, and money." ---Dr. Justin R. Garcia, author and Research Fellow The Kinsey Institute
"Liza Mundy has done something remarkable: she has taken all the major social and economic threads of the past decade, and woven them into a tapestry that explains, well . . . everything." ---Lisa Belkin, author of First, Do No Harm



As I listened to this fascinating study, I couldn't help wondering if recent efforts to restrict women's health rights and reproductive autonomy were intended to thwart this shift in the balance of power--economic, political, and intellectual.  For, as we are all aware, a bare-footed and heavy-with-child woman is infinitely less likely to question the status quo and advocate for equality, a condition most attractive to the snake-charmers and barkers who crowd the campaign trail and profess proximity to the divine.  Copies of the book may be purchased online from amazon.com, or through your local book-shop.  


Happy reading,


Shane








PS:  Today's soundtrack is Lee Jones' THE SECRET

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The PEEP-SHOW presents REINVENTING BEAUTY, CHAPTER IV / Day 1 -- POSSIBILITIES


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Peeps,

With the advent of spring, the days are noticeably longer and brighter.  Now through uncovered windows and open doors, fresh air pours in to refresh and revive quarters formerly barricaded against the vagrancies of winter.  The emergence of green and color in the garden fills us all with new vigor and optimism.  Tasks such as sweeping away the cobwebs in the corners and dust bunnies upon the desk, tackling the stacks of books bound for the resale shop, transporting to the potting bench container-plants in need of transplant, tackling coats and sweaters in need of brushing or dry-cleaning, and so forth, are easily addressed in the crisp morning light after the first expresso and before the Diane Rehm show.  I plan to re-arrange the furniture and re-hang pictures with the intention of enjoying individual pieces formerly in storage.  Rob the framer has promised that everything (taken to his studio since last October) will be ready within a week or so, and I can't wait to see the magic he's performed on the little treasures I've sourced from the thrift store and estate sales.

At this time of the year yard sales on every block sprout like wild onions, as do the number of estate sales which had been quite lean during the Christmas season.  I admit to having a tenuous relationship with estate sales; I love the wide variety of beautiful objects that can be had quite reasonably during the two or three day run.  Yet I feel some sadness at the visible markers of an individual' s life now carefully catalogued/bagged/boxed/shelved/stacked/sorted/tidied up and ready for sale and onto to the new purchaser's residence.  I tend to avoid libraries or dens where invariably smiling grandmothers, graduation photos, and Thanksgiving dinners have been captured by the marvel of technology--the camera, are now held captive by the cornered boundaries of the picture frame and gaze wistfully out, and through eternity, until replaced by a sharp-eyed weekend shopper who in turn will perform the same motions that celebrate the events that mark life's passage (or the passage of life).  Whenever possible, I walk through the garden and then enter through the back-door, for this gives me time to adjust to the inevitability of it all.

Enjoy the day, and today's visual treat.

Sincerely,
Shane 



PS:  Today's soundtrack is Jen + Chin Chillaz's No Ordinary Life (Genuine Sounds Remix by Chris Zippel)

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The PEEP-SHOW presents REINVENTING BEAUTY, CHAPTER...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The PEEP-SHOW presents REINVENTING BEAUTY, CHAPTER...: imagecourtesyjjjjoundblog Peeps, With the advent of spring, the days are noticeably longer and brighter.  Now through uncovered window...

Saturday, March 17, 2012

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The PEEP-SHOW presents ' CAMERA-WORKS: The PHOTO...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The PEEP-SHOW presents ' CAMERA-WORKS: The PHOTO...: annabeeke/untanglingthreads imagecourtesykantaracrafts.com * * * In Ait Hamza, a village in the Middle Atlas region of Morocco,  the...

The PEEP-SHOW presents ' CAMERA-WORKS: The PHOTO-SHOW!! ' / Day 7 -- ANNA BEEKE

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In Ait Hamza, a village in the Middle Atlas region of Morocco,  the women from the local weaving cooperative gather in the home of an artisan who has just given birth to a healthy baby boy. The mother and here newborn rest in the next room while the rest of the women enjoy kraskrout, a traditional afternoon 'snack' (typically consisting of mint tea and a variety of fresh bread with recently-pressed olive oil or jam) and that can happen spontaneously among several people or, as seen here, in celebration of a major event. 


This photo was taken as part of the project entitled ' UNTANGLING THREADS: Female Artisans in Morocco's Rug Weaving Industry.'  In Morocco, where men are responsible for almost all of their country's artisanal production, women have maintained the age-old craft of indigenous weaving.  

The project seeks to document the environment and culture of female workers who have recently begun to participate in local and global markets.  It specifically focuses on artisans from three weaving communities:  Ain Lueh, Ait Hamza, and Taznakht.  While the carpets are generally sold for high-dollar amounts, the female artisans have traditionally received a small percentage of profits.  This has perpetuated the cycle of poverty and child labor in rural Morocco.

The weaving cooperatives documented in this project are now self-promoting and making direct sales rather than relying on middlemen to distribute their carpets.  These photographs aim to highlight the forces behind the production, and the market forces that bring these products to the world.





Anna Beeke is a freelance documentary and events photographer based out of Brooklyn, NY. She is a graduate of the International Center of Photography's Photojournalism and Documentary Photography certificate program and is currently pursuing her MFA at the School of Visual Arts. Anna's work was selected to be included in "reGeneration2: tomorrow's photographer's today," a book and exhibition curated by the Musee de L'Elysee which will travel internationally from 2010-2015. She was also selected as a 2009 participant in the Eddie Adams Workshop and a recipient of the too much chocolate + Kodak film grant. Anna's work has been exhibited internationally.   Her portfolio may be viewed at www.annabeeke.com, and www.highpassproductions.com.





Friday, March 16, 2012

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: ' CAMERA-WORKS: The PHOTO-SHOW!! ' / Day 6 -- P...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: ' CAMERA-WORKS: The PHOTO-SHOW!! ' / Day 6 -- P...: unarbol,paulgallegos courtesykiptonart.com,knewgallery.com * * *  I am an experimental fine-art photographer.  I also work in lifestyl...

' CAMERA-WORKS: The PHOTO-SHOW!! ' / Day 6 -- PAUL GALLEGOS

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I am an experimental fine-art photographer.  I also work in lifestyle as well as fashion.  I enjoy experimenting with all the mediums of photograph, from a plastic lens to large-format work.  I have no preference to working in color or b/w.  I think the image and mood sets the tone for what may be color or black+white.  My photography is an exploration of life:  people, landscapes, or the way in which the two interact.  I enjoy it all.  I believe in forward thinking -- understand the traditional, yet push the limits and enjoy the journey.  {I} live and capture time-pieces of life.  {I} create imagery!





Paul uses traditional methods of photography, however he prefers to be more experimental and edgy with his imagery. He continuously pushes himself to keep his work interesting. Paul has studied at the Corcoran, Brooks Institute of Photography and the Art Institute of Los Angeles. His studies in the related fields of graphic design and cinematography give way to inspiration and movement in his work.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: ' CAMERA-WORKS: The Photo Show!! ' / Day 5 -- NA...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: ' CAMERA-WORKS: The Photo Show!! ' / Day 5 -- NA...: photonataliechenug courtesyofknewgallery/nataliecheungblogspot * * *  Natalie's artwork draws its momentum from the rich history of th...

' CAMERA-WORKS: The Photo Show!! ' / Day 5 -- NATALIE CHEUNG

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Natalie's artwork draws its momentum from the rich history of the photographic medium. She approaches photography in an experimental fashion using camera-less photography. Her work focuses on chance happenings, fractal patterNs occurring in nature and the push and pull between micro and macro-chasm. Cheung is a graduate of the Corcoran and has exhibited widely. She earned an MFA with a concentration in Photography from the Tyler School at Temple University.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: ' CAMERA-WORKS: The Photo Show!! ' / Day 4 -- TR...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: ' CAMERA-WORKS: The Photo Show!! ' / Day 4 -- TR...: Black Passion Flower Collage phototrishsimonite courtesyknewgallery.com * * * Trish Simonite's work merges traditional and digital...

' CAMERA-WORKS: The Photo Show!! ' / Day 4 -- TRISH SIMONITE

Black Passion Flower Collage
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Trish Simonite's work merges traditional and digital photography and is primarily focused on still life and landscape.  Her recent work, includes a series of manipulated still lifes called Heliconia and other Exotica, which is similar to the Herbaria Series to which " Black Passion Flower Collage " belongs. Trish's most recent exhibition was a group show at The Blue Coat Gallery in Liverpool, England where she completed a short residency and was commissioned to make a series of photographs in Texas and Liverpool for the exhibition 'Honky Tonk,' held in September 2011.  Her work has been published in books and magazines including "The Art of Photography" and "Art at Our Doorstep".  Collections that host her work include Yale University, the University of Texas and numerous private collections.  

 Originally from England, Trish is an Associate Professor at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where she teaches photography and digital art.  She received a B.F.A. and an  M.F.A. from the University of Texas in San Antonio. She has shown her work in Washington DC.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: ' CAMERA-WORKS: The Photo Show ' / Day 3 -- MIL...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: ' CAMERA-WORKS: The Photo Show ' / Day 3 -- MIL...: photomillicentwarnock Photography has been a hobby of mine off and on for the past 10 years.  Recently, after fully committing myself to...

' CAMERA-WORKS: The Photo Show ' / Day 3 -- MILLICENT WARNOCK

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Photography has been a hobby of mine off and on for the past 10 years.  Recently, after fully committing myself to improving my photographic skills, it became a passion.

What moves me to photograph is the beauty of the quotidian -- the small, familiar scenes that are accessible to everyone every day.  This image, ' From My Window,' was inspired by Andre Kertesz's quiet, somewhat melancholy photographs of Washington Square covered by snow, that he took from the window of his 12th floor apartment during the early 1950s.

Monday, March 12, 2012

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' CAMERA-WORKS: The Photo-Show!! ' / Day 2 -- BRUNO MAHLMANN

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Note:  The original image was taken with a Mamiya C45 DM 28 medium format digital camera with an 80mm lens.  
It is from a series of images from Sedona and several other locations in Arizona.






The image is of an unknown massive Red Rock formation from Sedona, Az.  If you ever have tried to photograph a rock and make it look interesting, then you know how difficult it is.  The shear size of the formation, the space and geometry it occupies relative the sky, land and trees is awe inspiring.  I pre-visualized the image in black and white with soft edges and significant detail in the rock itself.  I drove by this area under varying light conditions for many days.  I then hiked around the base of the rock for hours until  the image I visualized appeared before me.  Image composition is done in camera with minimal image manipulation in photoshop.  I try to capture images that have visual impact no mater the subject or object being photographed.  So, for this image, I'd like the viewer to say, "wow, that is a helluva big beautiful rock.  I've never seen such a thing." If several of you convey that sentiment, I will be a happy man.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: ' CAMERA-WORKS: The Photo-Show!! ' / Day 1 -- G...

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' CAMERA-WORKS: The Photo-Show!! ' / Day 1 -- GARNET TENNYSON HADLEY

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The photograph ‘Red Paint’ is from a 2010 book entitled “Views from the Road – Photographs Shot While Driving Dashiell 5,536 Miles, Arlington, VAJacksonville, NC. August through October 2007”.

During this period my elderly mother was hospitalized in North Carolina and my attention was often needed.  So to make the drive, which at times was done twice in a week, more palatable, I would take side roads as much as possible and stop and photograph.  This made each road trip much longer but provided a bit of joy in an otherwise difficult situation.  I looked forward to being on the road and having the time to stop and photograph whenever and whatever struck my fancy.

This particular photograph of a ranch house speaks to me not only because of its color but of the contrast with the red paint on the street.  I was walking in this neighborhood when I came upon it and in the scheme of things it might go unnoticed if one were to simply drive past; walking enables a slower, quieter appreciation for our surroundings and allows the eye to see.  


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As co-owner of an Architectural and Interior Design Studio, Garnet Tennyson Hadley has a strong design vocabulary which extends to her love of photography.  Her viewpoint is profoundly evident in her photographs which display a calming beauty with a tinge of humor.  She finds and invents surprising beauty in quite ordinary objects and settings.  Rustic, prosaic scenes become beautiful and universal.


The images that Garnet shoots are composed in the camera achieving her vision through careful selection and composition.  Her passion is the expression of the beauty in real scenes, often quite common scenes in fact, without manipulation of the final image.

The various books and portfolios of photographs that she produces suggest intriguing stories about places and events.  The viewer is drawn into her vision and into her outlook of the lives and histories of the scenes that she photographs.  Her composition of colors and objects inspires a calm curiosity and one is able to imagine actually being at the site.

From early childhood leaning over the front seat of the families ’57 Chevy looking at square black and white snapshots just picked up from the drug store, Garnet has been intrigued by photography.  Particular influences have been Helen Levitt, William Christenberry, Marion Post Wolcott, Charles Sheeler and Howard Marler.


(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The PEEP-SHOW presents WEEKEND VISUAL TREAT!!

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Peeps,


Spring is officially here, and it's a glorious event.  Daffodils, snow-drops and crocuses proclaim victory against the trials of the past winter by unfurling colorful banners of yellow and white and mauve, which delight the eye and invigorate sagging spirits.  Another season past and a new year in sight; the garden beckons and with it comes the opportunity to replace, to refurbish, to regenerate and to reveal the wonder of nature;  luckily for the fortunate among us, we are presented with the possibility of hope.  Why hope?  For in the garden, the elements dictate, luck occasionally intervenes, dedication and commitment certainly helps, and the rest is out of our hands.  A swarm of locusts/an invasion of white-flies/prolonged rains and flooding/persistent heat-wave/a prolonged drought/a debilitating accident/the death of a loved one:  all these can effect both how we look at our garden, and how the garden looks to us.  Regardless of the present conditions at a given moment, there is always tomorrow and the day after.  And this tiny bit of wisdom keeps all gardeners eternally optimistic, as well as young at heart.


My heart beat just a tad bit faster when I first saw today's visual treat.  This vast interior so reminded me of the artists' lofts that one associates with the creative masters who toiled in London, Paris, or Prague.  Quixotically I could imagine the setting as that of NYC or Washington of the old, yet realistically I know that many such quarters have long fallen to the developer's wrecking ball, or have been smarted up and now well beyond the reach of most practitioners of the creative arts.  Any real estate caption with the label of 'Loft-style living' conveys hipness and urban zip, and is applied to any residence with oversized windows/an open floor plan/exposed brick walls/the suggestion of industrial origins, and within easy walk of coffee-shop/gourmet-food shopping/cross-fit gym/yoga center/restaurant-bar with a smart tailored cuisine and (for added stars on the rating scale) one or more of the following: pool-table/dart-board/rail-road signs/acrylic bar/low leather banquettes/a pole or two/bottle-service/VIP level/valet parking/write-up on the social-media boards and, or, cool people watching other cool people be cool and thus feeling cool for being cool at a cool place.


I get a chill (if not feel cool and then cold) at the thought of any rash actions on the part of our current president during the time of the open-window.  Whom amongst us is not somewhat wary of rushing into battle based on still questionable evidence; whom amongst us can forget a a certain once-credible official who testified of the existence of WMD's that proved to be erroneous (and utterly fabricated), thereby leading to the invasion of Iraq.  I'd rather let diplomacy and economic sanctions be employed in the delicate stand-off between Prime Minister Netanyahu and Iran.  Notwithstanding the warming pots of war-paint, armed conflict is not supported by the majority of the tiny country's citizens (or unrecognized residents), nor has been endorsed by other nations on the world stage.  From a leader who decries the desperate (if not lamentable and frequently counter-productive) actions of others within that region, I find his words (during his recent visit to Washington) troubling, and his motives (to declare war on Iran) questionable.  Americans are tired of being at war in foreign lands, have found that our definition of democracy and freedom is not universal, want our boys (and girls) back home in one piece, and well understand that the challenges facing our country will not be solved within this century, or the next, without world peace.


Enjoy the weekend.


Best,
Shane

Thursday, March 8, 2012

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The PEEP-SHOW presents NOTES ON A SPRING GARDEN / Day 4

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. . . You can look to the rhododendron for special interest in the tree form, bark colour and texture, leaf colour, form and texture, autumn foliage colouring, a flowering season spread over eight months of the year at least, flower colouring that excludes only the purest blue, flower size and shape and, last but not least, scent.  Several of these points of attractive interest are likely to be combined in the variety of your  choice . . . 


Now to consider the conditions for woodland gardening with rhododendrons.  The wood in its own ceases to matter.  You can and will probably want to do without any of its natural contents except for the trees, which are allowed to stand in just the right numbers to provide enough but not too much shade.  The choicest rhododendrons need shade and shelter.  Shelter from wind, whatever the quarter of its origin, is essential . . .


The soil must be acid and preferably light.  If peaty, so much the better, but full use must otherwise be made of fallen deciduous leaves and of bracken.  Leaves can be swept from paths and other vacant spaces and massed around the rhododendrons as a deep mulch . . . This mulch has the effect of keeping the rhododendrons roots cool and moist right through the summer.  As they are near the surface, they can be ruinously affected by drought.


Ideally the woodland rhododendron garden should present the beholder with a series of pictures, the material flatteringly arranged so that he {or she} never feels hemmed in or that he {or she} is slithering through high tunnels of vegetation.


Another point to realize about the more interesting rhododendrons is that many will flower well for you only in alternate years, even if you conscientiously dead-head them immediately after flowering--and this is certainly a good thing to do is you can find the time.  For this reason, and also because the shrub, even if it flowers regularly, will do so only for one month in twelve, surely one of the most important points in choosing rhododendrons is to go for a good leaf that will give you pleasure during the whole year.


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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

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The PEEP-SHOW presents NOTES ON A SPRING GARDEN / Day 3

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How can anyone remain indifferent, even hostile, towards this flower, passes my understanding, yet many fastidious gardeners disapprove.  The tulip is many things, not just one, and you can choose and treat it to suit your own tastes.  For use in a formal setting, such as public or town gardens, it is a regimental flower, to be arranged in serried ranks.  It is this treatment that puts many people off tulips.  In the right place I personally like it, although I do not want it thus in my own garden.  Tulips are just as amenable to an informal arrangement.


You can choose between formality and informality in the flower itself.  Darwins are the most formal tulip group.  They are also the dullest in outline; rather solid, square-shouldered bulbs, lacking elegance.  But, although generally long-stemmed, they are sturdy and remarkably wind-resistant.  If the flower still holds together, we shall not mind too much when the wind blows a tulip stem aslant - not in an informal setting, anyway.  Tulips, unlike daffodils, are resilient.  If a daffodil is knocked down by wind and rain, down it stays; but tulips are gifted with swan-like necks, which they can turn so as always to face upward again.


Christopher Lloyd, The Well-Tempered Garden