this is what tricksyness my lovely friend Kerrin aka sigmosaics (another Kiwi abroad) got up to yesterday ... i am really touched it is a great kindness thank you so much Kerrin it's a beautiful etsytreasury
and here is some shameless self promotion ..... i am chosen as one of the worlds 200 best ad photographers by Luerzers Archive 2008/2009. I have followed Luerzers for years ...buying all their videos of the worlds best ads since the year 1763...i love them... and finally i find myself amongst my heroes ... so i'm really really over the moon
:) my page .. i couldnt be happier with the layout or the other photographer i am placed beside ..its wonderful!!!
...... the actual campaign ran as billboards and posters.
i worked together with the brilliantly sensitive and creative art director in Milano called Massimo Verroneto create these little girls sleeping on threads and chasing stitching butterflies for Descamps, a superb linen company based in France ... some of my favourite pages inside the Luerzers bible ... ...
...call me old fashioned and a peter pan ...but i love it ...
this weekend i escaped from Milano up to my friends' country house and we set to work making the most amazing Christmas tree ever ...
this involved a long walk in the melting snow and finding the most enormous tree that had fallen down with the weight of the recent snow... we dragged it about a kilometer back to the house ... trimmed it a bit and started painting it .... i managed to hand paint about 6 million leaves ... it is an oak it stands about 10 foot high or about 3 metres :) made pom poms and christmas cake and wrapped presents for all the rest of the weekend ... and here it is
our european street team each year have a game ...."secret santa"
and this year it was organised by the wonderful MitsyAKA "Artmind" we all filled out a mega thorough questionnaire which she had compiled; and then Mitsy matched us all up secretly ... we have been sneakily working away on things we are almost sure that other person will love ... fingers crossed fingers crossed...
mine arrived today and i was unable to hold back for Christmas ... i managed to leave it unopened on my bed for the whole day ...while i tried to accomplish something ...
then at 6 pm there was no patience left my parcel came from an address i recognised well ...one of my all time favourite etsy artists lives high in the mountains in France .... .. the card is so brilliantly for me ... a little girl holding fireflies on spiderthread leads with shaking fingers i opened my pressie ...
"NO WAY!!!!!" and there it was the Frida Kahlo inspired, french glass garland to die for .. so totally totally happy !!!!
part of our mission on receiving our secret santa is to photograph ourselves with it... eeeek so here i am .. whizzing into the bath room to try and shoot myself and my wonderous garland from Pamela Angus
... there are very few living photographers whose work i find interesting ....this is one of them ...
I went to London to see the show of Giampiero Assumma whose work is brilliant, thoughtful and sometimes painful to see... he has made a wonderful series of black and white shots in the criminally insane institutions in Italy... always aware of the balance of exposing the subjects within, he has a very humble and sensitive approach that allows him to catch incredible moments without humiliating and exploiting people in sad situations... these can be seen here in the section OPG. there are many other on-going projects that he is working on continuously .... this is one of my all time favourite shots that Giampiero has ever taken ... here is the real Alice!!! alive and well in Ireland
while in London we went to the magical exhibition of Tim Walker and Giampiero photographed me while there ...i see now i am not Alice in wonderland but in fact the "white rabbit" always rushing, always out of time, living in another world.... :) ""curiouser and curiouser" ... said Alice"
... .....big fluffy white snowflakes falling down ..... on my neighbours terrace garden ... making the roses droop down ... and the robin is flying off and on my windowsill to collect some sunflowerseeds
hehehheh he just fell off when a big snowflake clocked him one..
today my dear friend Mitsy sent me a super sneaky birthday present that i wasnt expecting so now her little happy girl angels are dancing in my window ...while the snow keeps tumbling down !!!
a friend of mine Heli Sengezer, who lives in Istanbul and makes the most wonderful bags and funny little crafted animals, asked me to track a day in my life for her friday blog-postings which have an almost cult following ...
i was surprised, but thought "why not" and so i made a little photo essay of one of my shootdays... ..it turned out to be a really interesting and strange exercise... and in fact i enjoyed it
as i am totally curious by nature, every friday it is a wonderful treat to look at other folk who are generally artists and artisans all over europe ,and see how a day in their life unfolds ... so here it is from first awakening grumpy and kranky .....to falling into bed in the evening ....
first steps straight into a wall...klonk...groan... dressing gown ..computer on ...and straight to the kitchen to set up a giant coffee ..the only way forwarddazed wanderings for another 20 minutes check my emails and grumpily go back to get my coffee ..
answer emails ... not sure how nicely ..i so dont like early mornings ...but today is a shoot day so i must soldier on
jump in the shower
no photos no photos!!!
scan the news items on the sydney morning herald and wish i hadnt
pass by etsy and check the forum and my convos ...much more positive vibe
look at my little nest ..it looks so cosy but i have to go out in the big grey world of Milan
jump downstairs with my equipment to the taxi already waiting
the city is grey and it starts raining
i go to the studio early to miss all the rush hour traffic
arrive at condénast studios
i drop off my equipment at the studio and wander off to second breakfast
(i do come from the land of Lord of the Rings after all)
here i am in my favourite bar in Milan "living"
they tell me off for taking photos inside
i ask why its not allowed but they dont know
it just isnt... o well ... italian logic ...
back to the studio to meet everyone arriving i brief them on the idea which today is "Glamour and Glitter"
studio, model and makeup room ...before..........
my magicians start to work
the model reads while the torture her into a new character
my usual assistant is away assisting Deborah Turbeville for Italian Vogue
so the new assistant (no photo) and i start to build up the set and construct the lighting i want
its a spaghetti bomb...
health and safety....!!!
i tell the assistant to lock down the wires and make it a bit less of a death trap
finally we are ready
, the model is dressed and we put her in postiion
its always a good picture :)
i tell my assistant to do crew cam and he comes up with a few awful photos of me
and alot of nice ones of the model ....hmmmmmmmmmmmm
half way through the day he falls in love with the model and loses focus on the world
he asks her to marry him ... i photograph the proposal on his cell phone ...hmmmmmm
we have 3 shots under the belt and go for lunch next door
its very sheeshee
nice food too
espresso coffees all round and back to work
makeup and hair retouched and changed
7 shots away and we are finished ,... one of the clients did not send their dress so we finish early ...
(there's a first for everything !)
we breakdown the set super fast and rush off to beat the milan deadly rainy weather rush hour traffic
unfortunately i cant show you the actual shots of the model as the magazine hasnt been published yet...
in the taxi its already dark
Milan floods when it rains...it is built on a massive system of canals designed by Leonardo da Vinci...most of which are still under the streets
the taxi driver thinks its funny me shooting blurry shots of lights through his window
arrive home starving
i eat some fresh handmade pasta (not handmade by me) and drink a glass of red wine and relax
checking my emails .. and my etsy pixie pals ...
my little brother rings from New Zealand and we talk nonsense and laugh for an hour
i go back to my computer world
my eyeballs feel like theyre about to fall out so i crawl exhausted into bed