Andrew Jacona

Andrew Jacona spent a month in India in 2012, just exploring and pursuing his passion: photography. he took these photos with a Contax 645 camera using Kodak Portra 400 film. they are SO BEAUTIFUL that they actually make me psychically ache to visit India. Andrew lives in Sydney with his wife Paveena and their two kids. you can see more beautiful photos of Andrew’s family, and his travels, at his Flickr and portfolio website.

From a young age I remember setting up a little “street gallery” with my brother where I would draw pictures of mountains and places and we would sell them to people passing by for 10 or 20 cents. Now days my love is for travelling, photographing and meeting people. Photography is the means by which to do this and is not an end in itself. It’s the experiences that it opens up to you that’s of value and those come naturally out of the energy you put into it, this is easy when you love doing what you do.

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Marriage

yesterday i listened to an amazing story on The Moth by critically acclaimed author Andrew Solomon about his journey to becoming a father. Andrew is gay, and he got married to his partner John after initial hesitation as he wasn’t sure if he believed in the idea of marriage. they wed in a civil partnership ceremony in the UK (at Althorp, Princess Diana’s childhood home – love that) and what he said in the podcast* about the act of getting married is lovely:

I found that though our commitment had seemed to me to be permanent and declared and established before that, that the experience of having all of these hundreds of friends gathered together witnessing our love shored it up and strengthened it and gave it a new depth, and gave it a new resonance that I had never imagined or anticipated. And I found the fact that we were celebrating that love in a ceremony that echoed in some sense the one my parents had had, and the ones my grandparents had had, and the ones that presumedly went back generation upon generation exalted the feeling between us. And it was very joyful.

on a related note, Capetonian illustrator Lauren Fowler shared her beautiful wedding to Gene on her blog, and the reading given by her brother Russell is now up there with my favourites:

The best description of marriage I ever heard was made in reference to architectural structure, that its strength is the result of a delicate balance between stress and support. I like that description because it implies that active forces are required to make it work, a kind of dynamic tension between the mundane and the sublime that makes the act of marriage one of purposeful intention, of daring, courage and high adventure.

i wish i had had similarly eloquent words to express myself on the day we got married, but i couldn’t pull myself together in my rambling thank you speech (emotions, guys!) even now it’s hard to find the words. i’ve always been a more visual person, which is why these help:

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Miss Moss Wedding

wedding video shot & edited by Jonathan Sidego. photos by Love Made Visible.


* PS: what podcasts are you guys listening to? i have my firm favourites – This American Life, The Moth, Nerdist… but i am always looking for new recommendations. Death, Sex & Money is a new favourite, too. let me in on your podcast secrets!

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Atomic Occasions

here’s a whole lot of beauty to start off your day. this is a series called Atomic Occasions by photographer Jessica Tremp. she has a number of dark & magical series available to view at her portfolio. her travel photography is also bananas.

When I was little I used to dream about being a dancer or that I could fly and that I would learn to speak the language of the animals in the forest or that of the most dramatic actor. With the click of a finger I’ve found a way to make these things come true.

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Atomic Occasions by Jessica Tremp
Atomic Occasions by Jessica Tremp
Atomic Occasions by Jessica Tremp
Atomic Occasions by Jessica Tremp
Atomic Occasions by Jessica Tremp

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Conrad Jon Godly

it amazes me what some people can do with paint. the feeling of rock and cold and mist and altitude that these pieces by Swiss artist Conrad Jon Godly convey is just unbelievable.

Godly originally studied as a painter at the Basel School of Art in the 80s, and then was a professional photographer for almost 2 decades – until he decided to return to painting. first working from a studio in Vienna, he eventually returned to his home in the Swiss Alps, where he studies the mountains on long walks with his camera.

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Shapes by Deapapa

i’ve always loved creative tote bags, but to be honest i never actually really used them. until i moved into my office this past month. now i find myself needing to tote shit everywhere. before i worked from home, and when i went out i just used my handbag. but now – packed lunches, power cables, bags of apples (yeah i don’t know either) … the life of a freelancer is full of stuff hey? so i smiled to myself when i saw these new totes by Verónica de Arriba of Deapapa today. i should get my hands on one.

the collection is a play on geometric shapes inspired by Memphis milano movement and all the things that inspire me daily. 6 models of organic cotton tote bags, screen printed with water based inks & made from a sustainable crop in a Fair Trade factory.

buy them here.

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Fawn DeViney

you know those beautifully curated tumblrs that have thousands of photographs but you just never ever know where they are from, who took them or… well, any context at all? i discovered the work of photographer Fawn DeViney this way, after seeing one of her pictures and going down a rabbit hole of google image searching to find the real source (i swear tumblr is the bane of my internet existence sometimes!) and luckily I FOUND HER. and then went down another proverbial rabbit hole looking at her lovely photographs.

Fawn DeViney splits her time in Boston & Phoenix. She is equally inspired by the neutral pallete of the Atlantic ocean & the striking sunsets of the Southwest. If she wasn’t a photographer she would be a baker or florist… living in Paris.

she herself has a great tumblr, too. all images by Fawn DeViney.

edit: it seems i myself have a rabbit hole for a brain, because i actually featured Fawn’s work last year when i blogged about the VSCO grid. but, i haven’t seen all these beautiful pictures before – so definitely deserving of her own post!

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Tony Chestnut

Tony Chestnut is a line by Canadian designer Jill Sawatzky, “a one women show from start to finish.” this is her SS14 collection, which looks like it’s already pretty much sold out. i love those interesting quilted jackets – made from deadstock faux leather from the 70s.

i make clothes for you. clothing to carry you through your day. clothing to make you look and feel good. clothing to express yourself in.

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Girl Pilots

here are some bad-ass women to inspire you this Friday, who flew in the face of convention (pardon the pun) and trained as airforce pilots in 1943. despite the magazine describing them thusly, “girls are very serious about their chance to fly for the Army, even when it means giving up nail polish, beauty parlours and dates for a regimented 33 weeks.” can you even. you can read the original article in LIFE magazine here.

photos by Peter Stackpole for Life Magazine in 1943.

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Spring in LA, 1944

i have been hearing grumblings around the internet that it’s HOT in LA at the moment. i can’t help but be a little smug, because on this side of the world we are experiencing optimal autumn weather. sunny, but cold, with the occasional rain shower… I LOVE IT. i think that LA is quite similar to Cape Town weather wise, so perhaps we have just directly swapped seasons. well, you guys can enjoy your boiling hot days for the time being.

Anton and i have been threatening to visit dear friends in LA, so maybe one day i will make my way over there (it’s just SO FAR from here). i don’t know where these specific photos were taken, but they are from LIFE magazine in 1944, by Peter Stackpole. the gals look like they are having a great time, either way. anyone have an idea of the location?

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