“Love is like a butterfly, it goes where it pleases and it pleases where it goes.”
How much of human life is lost in waiting? -Ralph Waldo Emerson
…for the kind of happiness a seagull with a french fry has?
As long as it takes.
From the SNAC show, “Natural Selection” at Gallery X, New Bedford, MA September 2012
“In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world, there is no love for you like mine.” – Maya Angelou
Last night as I was sleeping,
I dreamt—marvelous error!—
that I had a beehive
here inside my heart.
And the golden bees
were making white combs
and sweet honey
from my old failures.
- Antonio Machado
“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
I like big books and I cannot lie.
Wishing a very happy anniversary to my friends Kristen & Jonathan! One year ago today, in downtown Providence, I photographed their intimate wedding, Kristen in a vintage gown, Jonathan’s smile infectious…
Words penned by the poet Amy Lowell, come to mind…
When you came, you were like red wine and honey,
And the taste of you burnt my mouth with its sweetness.
Now you are like morning bread,
Smooth and pleasant.
I hardly taste you at all for I know your savour,
But I am completely nourished.
Love. How it consumes us and challenges us and transforms us, and becomes as sacred and as necessary to our survival as bread, as breath. I love it.
So I love love and I love photographing people in love, particularly when they offer to bring a gorgeous old Ford truck to the shoot! This engagement shoot was wonderfully fun. The bride to be, Jamie, writes,
Thank you sooooo much for the photos. You did an amazing job and made us feel so comfortable! I am amazed at how amazing the pictures came out and how beautifully you captured the essence of Keith and I. Words cannot express how grateful and happy I am.
Thank you so much!!
and that makes me happy too. Thanks to my sweetcake Val, for sending this lovely couple my way and for being their wardrobe consultant. FYI, Val runs an online vintage clothing store and offers consultation services at Auntie Val’s Closet.
Monkey Man is a sock monkey I gave my daughter Sophia on her first Christmas, she grabbed him with those plump baby hands, squealed in toothless, drooly delight, and they have been inseparable since. Monkey Man has seen his share of planes, trains, and automobiles; campfires and carnival rides. He has endured being flung mercilessly from the upstairs balcony, being smeared with ketchup and cupcake frosting, and having his wee ears chewed by our puppy Banjo.
After our last trip to Austin, Monkey Man was looking rough. His tail tattered, his ear a pitiful chartreuse fright, stuffing poking precariously out from under his limp arms. Sophie, deeply concerned, asked if we could take Monkey Man to the hospital because she would like to see him mended and restored to his former, gleeful self.
Sadly, I, Sophia’s mother, have no talent for knitting, crocheting, crafting, or otherwise restoring sock monkeys and their ilk. I do however have a talent for shopping, and I am deeply thankful that The Land of Nod still has the very same “Funky Monkey”. And so, a new monkey man was purchased. Not surprisingly he did not receive the same love and attention as his predecessor but he seems contented hanging with all the cherubic baby dolls and leggy Barbies.
And thanks to the artful craftsmanship of Preservation Framer, Mommy gets to capture the spirit of the original frayed yarn monkey in a colorful, custom-designed display before he is damaged beyond repair. And one day when the puppy teeth and perished ice cream cone splatters and other such incidents have been outgrown, he can once again return to the little girl that loves him so, intact, wearing the signs of their history.
Matt, Rob…thanks so much.
“Who, being loved, is poor?” - Oscar Wilde
“There are millions of people in this world, but in the end it all comes down to one.”
“That’s the best revenge of all: happiness. Nothing drives people crazier than seeing someone have a good fucking life.” — Chuck Palahniuk
For seeing the art in what suspiciously appears as an ordinary life.
“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” – Coco Chanel
If loving fashion is a crime, I plead guilty.