My entire childhood was documented on video by my aunt. Captured soundlessly on a vintage camcorder are those first years where I’m wobbling around on shaky legs in a big world without sound. Years 4-6 still make me cringe when I’m forced to listen back to my mini self and her slurred and screechy speech. The really awkward moments still live on with a push of a button. On any given day, it’s the early 90’s and my prepubescent self sits perched on my grandparent’s back porch, the sun is out and I’m wearing my pink and green neon BodyGear bathing suit. My lanky limbs, looking too big for my tiny torso, speak of boredom with my sulky body language. When I first came across Alessandra Sanguinetti‘s photography series The Adventures of Guille and Belinda and the Enigmatic Meaning of their Dreams, it reminded me a lot of my own evolving, fragmented moments that can still be visited. The series captures the playful and imaginative lives of two Argentine cousins over the course of a decade. The series has been captured into two …
To say that I’ve fallen behind on my 3-month recap post is quite the understatement. I remember when October rolled around, I wrote the post in my head while travelling to work (I was without a pen) and I willed myself to remember to write it all down when I arrived, which of course, never did happen. But since these posts are among my favourite (and apparently they’re yours too) and because doing a 5-month seems less overwhelming than a 6-month recap, I’ll sum up the last 5 months now and give December its own little spotlight at the end of the month, ya? If I had to sum up the travelling theme of the last 5 months, it would have to be fruition (which is currently my favourite word). It seems like all of the things that I’ve been working so hard at carefully piecing together are finally starting to come to fruition. It’s funny though, when at the beginning of any journey, the end always seems so distant and far-fetched to us linear, impatient humans, …
I’m a sleeper (I require 8 full hours of shuteye) and a big napper (especially after lunch) and if you’ve been reading this blog long enough, you’d know that I’m fascinated with daydreaming (see all my daydreaming posts here). When I came across, Sleep, a time-lapse photography series by the now deceased, Ted Spagna, I was truly taken back by the images he artistically captured of snoozy humans in tangled sheets. The book Sleep, will be available this September which chronicles the photographer’s career. Doesn’t it look great? I need this book! Read more about Spagna and see more of his fabulous photos here. S. (via sho and tell)
I always get asked about the photos on my blog. I gather them from all over the internet, but many of them come from Certainly Whimsical‘s fantastic photo blog. I have thousands of pictures on my computer and I’m in the process of transferring them all over to my Tumblr account for both space and sanity reasons. Feel free to check it out. I like to think of them as mini, silent stories. Also, If you know of any awesome photo blogs, send them this way. S.
Ever since I came across this black and white photo series of a little girl and her tomcat, I can’t stop looking at them. Aren’t they just magical? Four-year-old Catherine and her cat companion, Lilu look like they could take over the world. These fabulous photos were captured by Catherine’s father, photographer Andy Prokh. (Via Laughing Squid)
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Have you seen this? If not, get ready to say, “awww” over and over again! When I came across these pictures the other night, I squealed with laughter and then immediately got teary-eyed. 88-year-old Misao and her best furry friend, Fukumaru are just the cutest. Their heartwarming friendship is documented in Misao the Big Mama and Fukumaru the Cat, a photo book that was shot by Misao’s granddaughter, Miyoko Ihara. This excerpt is absolutely fantastic: “Partly because they are both hard of hearing, my grandmother and Fukumaru are always looking into each other’s eyes. They’re really close” I need this book! Admit it, you too have now become teary-eyed – Ha Ha. Check out more pictures from the book here. S.
To all the queens in my life, happy pride! Always be yourself. Xo, S.