Madrid, Spain

Madrid Scavenger Hunt


Streets look vastly different from Saturday to Sunday.  Saturdays see shops open and lights on, people hurrying by and displays brightly lit. And then Sunday comes around and you start to wonder if you’re really on the right street because nothing looks familiar and there are spray painted doors where stores used to be and it’s almost eerily quiet.  Continue reading


Favourite Photogs: Eve Arnold


I was flip flopping between posting a new-t0-me photographer, or else going with someone whose work I was familiar with when Eve Arnold‘s name came up and my decision was made.  Most famous for her photographs of Marilyn Monroe, specifically those from the actresses time filming The Misfits in 1961 though she had been photographing her in 1951. Another photographer  who also took photos of popular 20th century figures, Arnold shot Queen Elizabeth II, Malcolm X and Joan Crawford.

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Favourite Photogs: Larry Towell


My friend Sarah is the one who introduced me to Larry Towell.  I say ‘introduced’ but what I mean is ‘consistently referred to and I really had no choice but to pay attention’.  Which is how favourite photographers should be talked about, in my opinion and part of the reason I started this weekly bit. But, she talked about him and I looked him up and I’m glad that she/I/we did.  Continue reading


Good Things


dot1 Found this flawless jacket for 10€ last weekend at El Rastro and have been wearing it constantly. (Can you tell I have a bit of an obsession?)

dot2 December is finally here and I’m getting into the Christmas swing of things with all the Christmas music!

dot3 New shoes. Also inexpensive. Also wearing constantly.

Dot4 I had a friend come over and we watched Corner Gas and then ate bacon and eggs. Not just good, perfect.




Things I’m Loving:

+ DIY Map Shelf – (I have a thing for maps.)
+ This outfit – (That jacket!)
+ Gift guide for photographers – (For those in your life.)
+ 20 things to say more often – (So adorable I can’t!)


Wild Life


The last time I went to the zoo, I was in Taiwan and ran, slipped and fainted because this short, tanned and weathered Taiwanese zoo keeper had this gigantic yellow and white snake around his shoulders and was walking towards me. The only things that were similar between this trip and that one was the fact that it was pouring rain. Which is good. Because it meant that the snakes were all locked up and no one was wearing them and that I did not awkwardly faint in front of strangers.

And can I say that all these zoo goers were troopers? When I say pouring rain I mean pouring rain. Buy a poncho and wear rubber boots and have an umbrella and do not forget your scarf kind of pouring rain where all you really want to do is be inside and read a book and to not be carting kids around a zoo and telling them to please keep up. But they (and we) did it and I just want to give kudos to everyone because that is not easy.

Notes: no, that elephant is not dead. It’s taking it’s siest Which was what I wanted to do at that moment as well. The cats are my favourite. I love the cats. I could watch them all day. I really could.  And that’s what we look like after five hours at the zoo, in the pouring rain. Like we’re going to cry if we don’t get hot chocolate right now. (I don’t think I’m talking about her anymore…)

I didn’t take my long lens because a.) that thing is heavy b.) I still don’t have a messenger style camera bag and it’s easier (I find) to store things that way than in a backpack. And I’m glad I didn’t because as much as I wanted to get closer shots, the rain was already making me miserably and worry for my baby and I know that would have just added to it all. Next time, next time.

Things I’m Loving:

This hanger – (I want them in my (future) hallway for jackets.)

This video – (The shots and the music are just so perfectly matched.)

This story – (I don’t know how much I love the B&W but I like how he associates music with places)

This photographer – (Absolutely fantastic photojournalism.)