June 29, 2012

Shooting with Lizzie + Kathryn

A few takes from our shoot with the Fortunato sisters, Lizzie + Kathryn, last week. I love the light in their apartment. They run an incredible business making leather goods, necklaces, earrings, jewelry, and selling found items from around the world.

June 28, 2012

Full bellies + fireflies

Once our bellies were full with the fruits of the market -- roast chicken, rainbow chard, grilled veggies, grilled bread and cheese and avocado and tarragon yogurt sauce on it all -- we rested till dark, then climbed in the hot tub down by the creek, where the fireflies were fulsome and their flashes almost copious enough to light the path back to bed.

June 27, 2012

The light at Beaver Brook

Cassie taught me how to chop wood with an axe. Hi-yah. 

Making a fire in the hot tub to heat the water. 

It hardly gets better than the light of the forest, always deflecting rays to create dense streaks of sun mirage against the backdrop of evergreens. Colors appear everywhere, naturally occurring rainbow fireworks exploding throughout the day. 

J and I are in the midst of last minute hustle before we take off. The cat's gone to my parents' house, the shirts and skirts are at the dry cleaner, new dresses + fancy pants have been procured for our friends' wedding in the alps, we've got a stack of books for the plane and train, files are being edited and copied like mad onto hard drives, final video edits and meetings and contracts are being signed off upon, the loft has been built in our soon-to-be-new apartment where we'll move in upon our return. A few more days of cramminginasmuchworkaspossible and we're off. 

June 26, 2012

The Ultimate Summer Essay

Today, I was reminded of the great E.B. White Essay, Once More to the Lake, first published in Harper's in 1941.
One summer, along about 1904, my father rented a camp on a lake in Maine and took us all there for the month of August. We all got ringworm from some kittens and had to rub Pond's Extract on our arms and legs night and morning, and my father rolled over in a canoe with all his clothes on; but outside of that the vacation was a success and from then on none of us ever thought there was any place in the world like that lake in Maine. We returned summer after summer--always on August 1st for one month. I have since become a salt-water man, but sometimes in summer there are days when the restlessness of the tides and the fearful cold of the sea water and the incessant wind which blows across the afternoon and into the evening make me wish for the placidity of a lake in the woods...
Read the whole essay here.  

Building it green

Picking up provisions at the Barryville farmers market, exploring the fern gully, and helping (er, watching) Grace and Brian wield a bevy of tools as they continue build their treehouse -- an impressive structure mounted into two beauteous trees on the Beaver Brook property, and constructed entirely with their bare hands. The windows, insulation, wood stove and exterior wood panels will go on this summer. It's going to be quite the home.

June 25, 2012

Down by the river

Reliving last weekend down by the river with Cassie, Siri, Grace, Brian and of course Clyde, the pup. It was overwhelming, in the best way, by moss, fallen logs, spots of light in the forest, ferns and the perpetual sound of a running river. Late at night, when it's dark, you hear the river rising and falling, the constant rush refreshing, even as white noise. My whole body -- from this weekend -- and the perpetual motion of summer -- are pocked with mosquito bites and little cuts, rashes from out of nowhere (poison oak?), tanlines and log scrapes. This summer more than ever, I feel like a nomad at camp, with brief and intense bursts on weekdays in front of a computer.

Next Saturday Jacob and I head to Europe for most of July. We get to Munich just in time for the Eurocup final so now, naturally, we are rooting for Germany (we were anyhow).  On our agenda: Munich Film Festival, Austrian Alps, Berlin (new niece on the way!) and Amsterdam. I'd love recommendations of things to do / eat /see, particularly in Munich and Amsterdam, cities both new to me.

June 19, 2012

The Fortunato's studio

Shooting with the very talented Fortunato sisters (twins!) this week, who are the brains behind Lizzie Fortunato Jewels. Last week we got a little peek at their Resort Collection and new office.