Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Angels on High - St Paschal Baylon

Merry Christmas! Take a moment and admired the Christmas decorations at St Paschal Baylon Catholic Church. My dear friend Kris is part of the Arts and Environment team that designs, builds and installs their lavish holiday decor. The angels were her idea and executed triumphetly by her and her small team of elves (wink-wink). They float above the chuch in praise and worship, encircling the parishioners and the manger where the Christ child will lay this morning. The angels are glorious and pure magic. The A&E team should be proud of this lovely display. They've elevated an already special place to the heavens. If you want to feel like Christmas, go there. Well done!

Seeing these 25 angels makes me remember 26 other angels today. It was not the intention of this project but it is an unmistakable reminder of their sweet presence wafting to the heavens.

I wish you peace this holiday season.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Pink Martini in Cleveland

This week, thanks to the generosity of friends and the fortune of living in a great place, I got to enjoy my first Pink Martini concert from the 3rd row of the bedazzled and iconic, Severance Hall. The concert was joyful from the moment it began to the last note played. Expertly accompanied by The Cleveland Orchestra, this "little orchestra" delivered cool tunes that celebrated the holidays and highlighted their incredible talents. They are diverse and worldly in their music choices which creates a magical patchwork of a concert. China Forbes effortlessly spun a web that captured the attention of the packed house. Every note to perfection and captivating. Every note sung to me, or at least I'd to think so.  Also performing, Ari Shapiro. Yes, that Ari, National Public Radio's White House correspondent. He was incredible!  His voice is warm and smooth and he performed seamlessly. He's a true crooner. And a heart throb. A night to be remembered and treasured.

Here are a few of my iPhone photos from the concert. And if  you scroll down a bit you see a video of China and Pink Martini singing Auld Lang Syne. There is also a wonderful clarinet performance by 95 year old conductor Norman Leydon, who also joined the bad for the evening.

China Forbes

Ari Shapiro

Pink Martini

Norman Leydon

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Cleveland - Signs of the Past

I've been working on a project where I'm capturing the faded signs of Cleveland's past. They've always been intriguing in that they show a bit of history and allow a common passer-by to act as an urban archaeologist. They are well-worn testimonials of commerce and industry and are like modern day hieroglyphs. Once I started looking for them they readily revealed themselves like belligerent ghosts, sketchy and worn, badgering me to stop and pay attention. I expect I will continue to add to this collection. I see new-old signs everywhere I go. It's just a matter of time and the persistence of apparitions.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Beauty in Shadow


“I thought the most beautiful thing in the world must be shadow.” 
― Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

When I walked in for the first time I was absolutely mesmerized by the shadow cast by the Cleveland Museum of Art's new Atrium. This ultra modern structure is instantly made classical and timeless by the artfully painted shadow. The atrium, whose purpose is to connect the old structure with the new structure, shines as the perfect portal. It's enormity is warmed by darkness and lightness, sending you happily to the past or the future.  The choice is yours.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Samantha Sings

Recently I had the great pleasure of taking Sam's senior portrait. We had a wonderful afternoon changing looks and locations and taking a moment to celebrate a young women who personifies the modern graduate. She's intelligent, talented, caring, charming - all wrapped up in a gorgeous outside to match her gorgeous inside. Given this song bird's love of the arts we captured her at iconic Severance Hall and Cleveland Museum of Art's magnificent and newly opened atrium. We balanced all that pretty with a bit of urban exploring for just the right amount of contrast and grit. Sam was a terrific sport and gladly went along for the adventure, which only makes me like her more. And I already really really like her.  Here are my favorite shots from the day.

Take a moment and watch her performance on WKYC.  Glorious and fresh, just imagine what the future holds for her.

So before you trade in your summer skin for those high heeled shoes, to make him want to be with you. Let me remind you one more time…That just maybe, you’re beautiful but you just cant see. So why don’t you trust me, they’ll see it too you beautiful girl you. ~Sara Bareilles

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Día de los Muertos - Holding on.

Today I'm remembering the dead. Today I celebrate Día de los Muertos, the Mexican practice of remembering and honoring friends and family that have passed away. Some may find it morbid but I find it the sweetest custom and a beautiful way to resurrect people in your thoughts. Even if it's just for the day or a moment. And I believe when congregating and remembering en masse a fine incense of remembrance is lifted to the heavens. But ultimately the day is for us, not them. It's a way for us to hold on.

This year I'm not able to go to Cleveland's Dead of the Dead celebration so I thought I'd post some pictures from a previous year. You know, so we can remember.

Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose. 
 ~From the television show The Wonder Years

Remembering grandparents, uncles, friends... Peace.