portraits

portrait-squaresPinterest is my personal black hole. Once I enter, I can get lost for many many minutes. Dan has made up a song that he sings when he catches me on Pinterest. Luckily he’s not around to sing it when he’s at work, slash, when I do the majority of my pinning. What can I say? I like to look at things! Most recently I’ve been looking at portrait photography. I started seeing the world for the first time through a camera lens when I was abroad in London during college. Shooting street photography portraits was my favorite at the time. Hanging in our apartment living room is a black and white photo I took at Borough Market. The photo is of the farmer who sells eggs. He’s wearing a hat that makes his head round like an egg and he’s placing his eggs into a carton. If you look closely, you can spot a broken shell. I love little details and secrets in a photo like that. I only have a print copy. In the photos above, I love the way light is such an important part of the portrait. How it falls or illuminates a face is part of the story and can make a simple photo so much more interesting. Which is your favorite?

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(images found via Pinterest)

Diane Keaton

I recently read Diane Keaton’s memoir, Then Again, and really enjoyed it. She writes about her career, iconic films she worked on, and actors she dated. But it’s more a story about her family, and her relationship with her mother. This one excerpt in particular touched me and I made sure to bookmark it to share here on the blog. The sentiment isn’t revelatory, but I’ve never heard it said quite this way before:

…pretty, with its promise of perfection, is not as appealing as it used to be. What is perfection anyway? It’s the death of creativity, that’s what I think, while change, on the other hand, is the cornerstone of new ideas. God knows, I want new ideas and new experiences.

I also loved this excerpt about Woody Allen:

Woody woke up the morning after and opened The New York Times. On the front page he read that Annie Hall won best picture and went back to work on his next script, Interiors, a drama. Woody stood by his principles. To him there was no “best” in an art form–that included no best director, no best picture, and definitely no best actress. Art was not a Knicks basketball game.

p.s. Even though it may not be her most well known or biggest role, I’ve always loved Diane Keaton as Nina Banks in Father of the Bride I & II–her chemistry with Steve Martin is perfection! First Wives Club is another favorite. What’s yours?