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.