Sunday, 22 April 2012

food frenzy

Sunday, 22 April 2012
Today I discovered on flickr the most amazing food pictures. The artist and also the cook is Julie Marie Craig. She works as a baker at a cupcakery in San Francisco, CA and what I like the most about her, is that she takes her own pictures. Which are just lovely!! Very unique and different approach from what I've seen at other food bloggers. 

The name of her blog is Always with Butter.  Who doesn't like butter?  I sure do :) Especially on toast!

These are just a few of her pictures. You can find her on flickr also. :)

Thursday, 19 April 2012


Thursday, 19 April 2012
Meet my favorite artist! She is such a nice, well-behaved and talented girl. Her songs always calm me down and describe my feelings perfectly many times. She is such an inspiration for me.

Watch this myspace video about her!

also, below is my personal favorite song from her :)

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

People and Places project

Wednesday, 18 April 2012
While I was on my road trip to England, I thought of this idea of a new project. Actually, I always wanted to interact with people in some way..and this was my best chance to do so.
What I did, was, to take a picture of one stranger in each city I visited. I only took pictures with slr cameras, so each time I had to explain that the picture is on film, people looked a little bit strange at me.
I regret that I didn't start this project earlier, because I have visited quite a lot of places and countries until now...but nevermind. I am sure I will visit more in the future :)

It was very nice to talk with people and get to know them a little bit. For that purpose, I asked each one of them, three questions. Name, ocuppation and favorite band. I wanted to know their favorite band because I was always curious on what music people are listening to. I used to play this game, where, while sitting by the window at a coffee shop, I will try to guess what kind of music each passerby listens to but the way they were dressed or looked like.

I do believe that the music we listen to, defines us in some way or another. 
So here they are, my stranger friends!

1. Hallein, Austria
They are Adrijana Bigava and Helmut Leitner. She is a Nurse and he is a Student and also Stagehander.
Her favorite band is Die Antwoord and his favorite band is Illmaculate&OnlyOne.

I remeber I saw them from the car. They looked so nice, there on that field, by themselves, sitting on grass and having a little picnic. It was the beggining of spring and it was one of the first warm days of the year. Behind them you could see the Alps with snow on top of their peaks. They give me strawberries and we had a nice chat about the food in Austria. 

2. Daventry, England
It was a very sunny day and I still don't know how to set my camera so the pictures won't look so burned. The girls are Nichole (middle), Katie (right) and Danielle (left). Apart from Nichole, which is a college student, the other two are highschool students. Katie and Nichole love the Boyce Avenue band and Danielle likes One Direction

As I was very embarressed to interrupt their chat and because they had to keep their eyes open in the sun, until I set my camera, I didn't took much of their time. But Danielle was nice enough to suggest I should visit  Badby Woods, quite beautiful and close by the city. Unfortunetly, as much as I do love woods and forests, I did not had time to stop. But next time I'm around...maybe I will.

3. Stockport, England
He is Devon Jennings. He lives in Stockport and he works in Marketing. He is also a Singer, so who knows? Maybe someday he will be famous!  His favorite artist is Mariah Carey. I have to admit I was a bit surprised because I saw him more of a ..alternative rock person :) I remember he had a nice sense of humor, because he kept posing for the picture and joke around. Nice guy indeed!

4. Manchester, England.
William was in a hurry. He didn't had time to chat, but was nice enough to answer my questions and pose for a quick picture.He works in Marketing and his favorite artist is Bruno Mars. Actually, I was also in a hurry because I only had thirty minutes to see as much as I can of Manchester. It was a grand city, with lots of tall, red brick buildings and busy streets full of people. So, William was the perfect person to portray this city. Busy, red haired and quite tall. :)

5. Folkestone, England.
These two girls were the nicest chap I meet. They were all smiles and very eager to talk with me. The nice blonde is Harriet King and the lovely brunette is Ellie White. They are both students and living in Folkestone. Harriet's favorite band is Blink 182 and Ellie's favorite artist is Ed Sheeran. This city was the one I liked the most, on the Seacoast. The houses and roads were lovely, just near the shore, and the people here looked happy and  were dressed in bright colours, in perfect symmetry with the beauty of the city.

6. Oxford, England
Last but not least, is Till. He is a student living in Oxford and his favorite band is Pink Floyd. This was the city    I spent the most time in and I have to admit that I was very impressed by it. I always wanted to visit Oxford. Studying here was my dream since I was a little girl and only dreamt of going to England. I arrived late friday evening and I was able to see the city when it was most lively and full of students.

 I woke up early in the morning, at six, to take pictures of the streets and gardens when they were empty and quiet. It was a nice morning. The only people on the streets were police man and cleaning people (who had to deal with the mess from the night earlier, when all the cheerful students went out to have a good time in local pubs). So, finding someone to take a picture of, was not so simple. I had to go in a coffee shop and drag this lovely boy out, because there was not enough light inside. He was very nice and a true gentleman, just like any Oxford student should be. 

So, these are the first people I had the pleasure to shoot for my project. It is a interesting feeling to meet young people just like yourself, that live in another country and have a totally different style of life. We are all so much alike and different in the same time. As soon as I will visit another city, I will post more pictures of people and places. :)

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

new song

Tuesday, 17 April 2012
Here is a new song called Lazuli, from one of my favorite bands: Beach House.  Enjoy ;)

lovely editorial

There are not so many lookbooks that I like entirely. Sometimes I like the clothes but don't like the photos and sometimes the pictures are amazing but the clothes are... just not my style.
This editorial whatsover, it's just lovely. She is the most appreciated Romanian model and also a singer. And he is the bass player of a british band called Blur, and also a songwriter, journalist and apparently...cheesemaker!

So here they are, meet Irina Lazareanu and Alex James for Aubin & Wills spring campaign.

they look so nice together. would make the perfect couple :)

Monday, 16 April 2012

why film is great.

Monday, 16 April 2012
Bex Finch. She and her lovely Mamiya 7II camera are a perfect duo.

wish list: dream cameras

I think there are four years now since I've started taking pictures with slr cameras. Descovering film photography was like finally finding something I can never tired off. Something that can make me happy when I'm feeling down because everytime I have a bad day, I just go out and take some pictures. The anticipation if  the film will turn out right is always something to look forward to.

I don't see myself as a photographer. Just another amateur that likes taking pictures every now and then. My first camera was a Canon 300. I loved that camera, until I discovered my second one: Canon ae1. This one, I adore. It's my camera. The third camera I got was a Zenit E. I also like this one a lot, but I'm still learning my way around we are not the best of friends yet.
Therefore, I own three nice slr cameras and here is my wish list of others I wanna get some day!

                                                                   1. Pentax Asahi K-1000 

2. Canon F-1    

3.  Pentax 67

4. Nikon S3

5. Olympus OM-1n

6. Nikon FM2

7. Leica IIIf

8. Zorki 1d

9. Contax G2 

10. Diana F

I believe the most expansive one is the Contax. And I had to put a Diana camera on there even though it's not such a great camera but I think it's the most popular one. Even Alexa Chung has one :)

Here are the sources to each picture. 

Friday, 13 April 2012

what I'm reading

Friday, 13 April 2012
One of my projects for the last months has been to take pictures with every book I am reading. So here are the last three. I have read "Extremly Loud and Incredibly Close" by Jonathan Safran Foer at the end of february, "The Unbridged Journals of Sylvia Plath", in march, and "The Chronicles of Narnia" by C.S. Lewis, again in april, even though I have read all seven at fourteen years old.

I was in Oxfrod and found the novels at an Oxfam charity shop. It was so nice to read one of my favorite authors in a city he actually lived in!
Here is my favorite quote by C.S. Lewis: "Don't let your happiness depend on something you may lose"

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

This is England

Wednesday, 11 April 2012
This march I have been to England for two weeks. This was my third time in Great Britain and everytime I step my foot on british land....this strange feeling comes over me. Like I belong there and I'm always very happy while I'm there.

Those green pastures, sheep with little lambs running around, the little houses with small stone fences... The english countryside is a mystical wonderland! 

First time I was in England I visited London and the second time, Worcester and Birmingham.
I loved big cities. They have their own charm and they are full of life and colour, but I always wanted to see the English countryside. 
I want to live in a little village called Flore. Or another one called Burton on the Hill. Life there seems so peacefull and all the worries in the world are gone...

Here a few of the pictures I took there, with my film camera Canon ae1.  :)

1. Christ Church, Oxford. 2. Chichester Marina   3. Cliffs of Dover
4. Kent County 5 and 6 Oxford.