* Above photo collage from a not -too long ago visit. I stayed in the west Village and took many of these photos near by. Notable - the High Line ( with zebra billboard) and how quickly its evolved.
“There are roughly three New Yorks. There is, first, the New York
of the man or woman who was born here, who takes the city for granted
and accepts its size and its turbulence as natural and inevitable.
Second, there is the New York of the commuter — the city that is
devoured by locusts each day and spat out each night. Third, there is
the New York of the person who was born somewhere else and came to New
York in quest of something. ...Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness; natives give it solidity and continuity; but the settlers give it passion. ”
Feeling nostalgic as Fall arrives and unpleasant things happen around the world and in NYC ( chelsea & NJ bombings) that makes one pause and take stake. My heart goes out to NYC residents who are handling uncertainty with composure and calm.
going thru images this week, trying to revitalize , rejuvinate my website www.bashabcreative and came across images from this shoot i did a while back. i " borrowed" rugs from angela adams and a beautiful home and did this photoshoot with photographer jarrod mccabe( outdoorgiants) . the homeowner built the cabinets + built in's and they are amazing..gorgeous.... i did creative direction + location scouted + propped + arranged everything from blankets & pillows to rugs and tabletop wares..it was a memorable day or two - and we have many great images to show for it.
For this post, I found that I needed to give myself a homework assignment, to take a photo of winter; the cold, the white, the darkness, the landscape, compelling myself to embrace it, enjoy it, find beauty in this season. As its turns out - it was not at all difficult to do so.
The top left image I took last night ( fulfilling my self challenge) as I walked home across the Harvard Yard from an exceptional talk + reading that Colm Toibin gave at the Harvard Art Museum. He was engrossing, incredibly intelligent, comical, such a gifted reader - performer- orator....
The snow falling across a streetlamp, with Memorial Hall 's Victorian Gothic tower behind.
The next image I took while biking home across a Charles River bridge from Back Bay to Cambridge. I was star struck by the lights.
Then of course - Marfa. The courthouse during the holiday season - it always gets me. Local businesses + individuals pitch in to help pay for the extra cost to the town. Strong community spirit - and so worth it, so Marfa....
Next to that - my son evoking the snow imagery- at the immersive-interactive show : What A Loving and Beautiful World. Teamlab at Radcliffe We visited (and interacted!) with that show many, many times....
Below, on left, the Latent Escapes a permanent landscape installation also at Radcliffe. Then again Marfa - Eugene Binder Gallery on Christmas eve. So welcoming, how the illuminated interior welcomes us thru the open garage door.
As it turns out, this creative Leo's inspiration was right there, even in the depths of winter.
We are deep into January so I realize this is an unusual time to be writing a blog post about sailing - but my first published piece Sometimes the Mooring Comes Firstin Maine Boats Home & Harbors Magazinejust came out this month.
It thrills me to see these photos and get excited about summer as we round the corner of official winter, toward spring. I was encouraged to contribute to the magazine by Polly Saltonstall, the magazine's editor in chief and old acquaintance. She and I agreed we wanted to hear more women's voices in the world of Mainesailing and boating. One of the themes in my essay is the pleasure of sailing with women friends, many of whom have not had much experience on the water. It's great fun to get good friends on a boat without children, mates or devices-- and see where the wind takes us...
Coincidentally the week my essay appeared we sawLeap Before You Look, an exhibition on legendary Black Mountain College, at ICA Boston. Leaping before looking was very much the spirit of art-making at Black Mountain--and very much the spirit in which my husband PB and I began our boat-owning partnership.
Biking Biking Biking A few years ago we moved to The Netherlands for a fellowship that my writer-husband procured. We find ourselves in the same position ( Radcliffe Fellow) again this fall but in another city, Cambridge, Ma., not quite as far from home. While I am not quite as visually inspired here, (hence the biking images above from Amsterdam) , I do find that biking as our primary means of transportation is quite a game-changer. All three of us delight in and have remarked on the morning jolt of energy, the excitement and clarity of mind that comes with a morning bicycle commute. The experiences, sights and even more - the human interactions ( we say hello to our neighborhood barber sitting on a bench every morning as we roll on by..) one has when on a bike, not in a car, are reason enough.
Cambridge's Bowtie Bike Ride | Memorial Drive
Boston is really making a huge effort to promote itself as a worldclass bicycling city. We participated in a walk/bike to work day last friday organized by gogreenstreets.org whose mission is to promote alternative ways of commuting. We certainly intend to help spread the word and encourage other families and bikers to do so as well. I think helping people get over the fear is the first hurdle. While biking through an urban setting with your child in tow can be
daunting, the Dutch and other Europeans can serve as our inspiration,
they have been doing this for decades. Bikers have prescendence and the "right of way" over pedestrians
and car drivers. On Sunday we serendipitously joined in the Cambridge Bowtie Ride organized by Cambridge Bikes. We rode 13+ miles thru all of Cambridge, east to west accompanied by police & volunteers stopping traffic at every intersection. If you enjoy architecture, biking and exploring - this is a ride not to be missed. There will be another in May 2016. If nothing else, I hope this blog post gets one or two more folks out there on their bikes. You will certainly not regret it. Just wear a helmet, stay alert and smile as you whiz past all those possibly - frustrated Boston drivers....
suffice it to say, i am in the midst of a transition back to urban life and reveling in a look back at summer. whether it be fall + school + work + apartment living or a move to a new city , i find myself in need of a connection back to the maine coast and my "other life " - often barefoot, frequently on boats, a dock or the shore. these photos are just a few i took with my iphone ( many posted on IG ) and capture the variety of weather and winds, color , texture and amazing maine summer light