Bracciano | Roma

Dan and I finally journeyed to Italy to visit his sister, Kelsey, and her husband, Fabio.  Fabio is from the scenic castle-by-the-lake town of Bracciano.  Together they opened a beer bar/restaurant, Birreria dar Toro Seduto, which if you happen to travel to that area, you MUST stop by (and say you’re a friend/client/friend :)). Their food is a legit high-brow meets Italian take on pub fair and was honestly my favorite amidst many good meals and apertifs..

Anyway, I digress.  Below I am posting the many photos I took (on Pentax 645 and iPhone) along with a brief timeline and a few notes.  Enjoy !

Day 1

We were picked up at the Rome airport by Kelsey, Fabio and his dad, Renzo and whisked off to their home which lies on the outskirts Bracciano.  A lovely al fresco lunch had been prepared, and this perfect, lazy afternoon/golden hour may have been my favorite part of the entire trip.

We then head into the city center to our lovely Air BnB:And of course, a little wandering (filled with the sounds I always associate with Italy – diesel engines driving over cobblestones, pigeons flapping, church bells.. legit every time I visit these sounds are there!) and more photos as the sun set over the lake..

Day 2:

The whole team traveled up to Civita di Bagnoregio – a “ghost” city of sorts set up on a hillside that is slowly eroding into the valley surrounding it.  A pretty gorgeous site, and popular with Italian tourists.  I think my favorite part of this trip was people watching!

Side note – so much smoking in Italy!  Makes for great photos.. (obviously related, right??)Day 3:

Kelsey and Fabio brought Dan and I to Rome (an hour 1/2 train ride).  I didn’t feel like lugging my big camera around for this trip, but still managed some fun little slices of the cafes and sights from our wanderings.

Day 4:

We hadn’t actually spent much time in the city we were staying in!  Oh and we were just a tad hungover this day.. so anyway we finally visited the castle (Castello Odescalchi di Bracciano).  This proved to be also a major highlight of our entire trip.  I love museums where you get to go inside a historic home or castle or estate or villa.. etc.  This is the place that Tom Cruise and Katy Holmes married at and I could see why they chose it – pretty breathtaking (although more sturdy and masculine than the fairy tale castles you think of).

Closing with a final photo from a morning walk before flying out on day 5.  Ciao, Bracciano!

United South End Settlements

United South End Settlements organization hired me to photograph their center on the South End/Roxbury border so that they could have some images for marketing use.  This was a really cool assignment, because I was able to witness an amazing and influential non-profit organization at work.  Here is the USES mission statement:

To build a strong community by improving the education, health, safety and economic security of low-income individuals and families in Boston’s historic South End/Lower Roxbury and to serve as a national model of successful neighborhood engagement.

A look into this gem of a center that is helping Boston’s underprivileged and motivated!

Fraction Holiday Print Sale

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I am pleased to announce that I was invited to participate in Fraction Magazine’s 8th Holiday Print Sale!  Bitches Tanning is available in a limited edition of 5 at size 11×14″ for this annual sale only.

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There are over 100 photographs and photo books available from talented emerging and established photographers. This is not only an affordable way to add to your fine art photography collection (or a friend’s), but to also support artists over the holidays!  To check out the entire sale, click here.

New York Times Sunday Styles Magazine Assignment | John Derian, “The Prodigal Son”

 

A couple months ago, I was contacted by Carter Love, photo editor at T Magazine | New York Times Sunday Styles. He asked if I would be interested in an assignment photographing Manhattan-based designer John Derian as he “returned home” to Watertown, where he grew up as the youngest son of a large Armenian/Scottish working-class family. You can guess my response.

The day of the shoot turned out to be a rainy and dreary one, which resulted in quite moody images. As I accompanied John and writer Sadie Stein, I realized the weather was a perfect fit for John’s ambivalent relationship to his past growing up along Mt. Auburn Street. Throughout the day, I learned a lot about John. His mood would change quickly, from humorous and giddy to suddenly sullen and even contemptuous. You could see the memories flooding his consciousness faster than he could digest, as he tried his best to share all these memories with us.

 

Times Slideshow, John Derian’s Old Stomping Grounds

 

To read the magazine article “The Prodigal Son | John Derian Goes Home to Watertown”, click here. Below I have posted my favorite images from the day, and some information about what you are looking at.

First stop was Harvard Square. John worked at the Brattle Street Theater and hung out at various spots in the Square as a teen.

 

Next, we head to Mt. Auburn Cemetery. John also spent time here as a teenager, and reflected on the macabre beauty that shows through in his own design.

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Town Diner in Watertown, where John went to dinner on Friday nights with his siblings as his parents worked.

 

 

Mt. Auburn Star Market – a place every member of his family worked at some point (his dad was the manager of another local Star).

 

Some places along Mt. Auburn Street in Watertown that have resonance for John.

 

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Backyard of his teenage home:

 

Watertown High School:

 

The old Watertown Public Library where John spent a lot of time studying. It is currently up for lease.

 

Watertown Middle School:

The Look of Local | Cambridge Local First Fashion Show

I love fashion.  W Magazine with it’s surreal and luscious photographs always inspires me. When I was asked by Cambridge Local First to offer my photographic services for it’s upcoming “Look of Local Fashion Show”, I was pumped!  The shoot was pretty low key – the vixen-y model not a hire but instead, intern for Local First 😉  The very cool and vibrant locations consist of my neighbor’s shop in Huron Village (obviously had to keep it local to stick with the theme… : )):  Half Crown Design, Easy Chairs (Lee’s Antiques), Magic Beans, and the brick wall behind my studio.  The outfits and accessories are all sourced from Cambridge boutiques, artisans and personal thrift shoppers.  I will try to get exact names and links up shortly!

I had so much fun with this and hope to have more opportunities to do more fashion-inspired work in the future.

Here is some information on the runway event:

The Look of Local Fashion Show
May 19, 2015 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
45 Prospect St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
Cambridge Local First is throwing a party!
We want to celebrate the awesome local and independent retailers in Cambridge so, we’re hosting a night of FREE fun, music, food, drinks, and giveaways. Don’t miss the RUNWAY show debuting summer’s fabulous collections. Entry is free for everyone so bring a friend!RSVP HERE

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