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Inspiration: see you in SPRING!

Hello Lovelies, 

Yesterday was the last Saturday of the year that hosted a favourite flea market of mine in Zurich. It only runs from May to the end of October. So yesterday was the end of its season. 
But there wasn't a hint of a subdued last-sale vibe anywhere... au contraire! The vendors were happily sipping champagne (to celebrate the last day of sales, I was told by a cheerful old lady who was selling a gorgeous selection of hats & 50’s dresses!) and chatting to their neighbours while bargaining eagerly. Now that is the right attitude to end a season with!
For me, it was more a just-look-and-enjoy day at the flea market as I have promised myself to start seriously saving. Also because I have spent most of my savings on two new cameras I have been wanting for a long long time... eeek! (Will be posting about that soon!!) 

So I put on my sunglasses and just enjoyed the lively atmosphere and the sunny weather to the fullest...



Well, as you surely know,  a flea market is an endless source of interesting, cute, funny & pretty bits & pieces. I just added some random snaps of lovely things I took while floating from one stand to the next in a happy haze...

(if I could/would redecorate my kitchen, I would surely hang these beauties from the ceiling... LOVE!)

After a good two hours of flea market hustle & bustle (only buying a belt in a lovely shade of maroon for Fr.2.00.- !!) I decided to say good bye for this year, hop on my bike and get some lunch.  



I hope you had a good & fun (halloween) weekend!
à bientôt! 
xxx
Td.















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Inspiration: cori kindred.

Hellohello,


Here's another post about a lovely lady photographer from Portland,Oregon, Cori Kindred.

Oh yes, how I admire her. For my part I need not explain much. It's obvious to me why I fell in love with her work the moment I saw it.
I especially enjoy her many collections of polaroids featured either on her homepage, journal/blog or flickr page 


Here'e a taste of the world seen through her lens:



Not only does she have an unerring eye for colours, moods and those little but enchanting moments (I sooooo often romanticise about, I know....!I can't help it!) but each picture seems just right. It's as if time stands still for a brief moment and let's her take those delicate portraits of life...in all its shapes and forms.

Maybe that’s why polaroids in general are wonderful in my view. You release the shutter and moments later the picture develops in your hand, untouched, just the way you or the circumstances wanted it to be.
So the question of how far you can/should go to control the outcome of a photograph is very interesting to me. I do not believe manipulating the surroundings will guarantee the desired effects. That’s my experience with polaroids, at least (and I have many polaroids yet to take...)and that's the fun part as well. But with growing experience and knowledge of the camera, the film and of how it reacts to different light and angles, I could imagine polaroids are an art you can master or turn into your own signature area. 

I think Cori has. And what an inspiration she is. 


Photography is not her only field of talent. She also collects vintage objects and creates little works of art using them in adorable ways.  Some of her treasures are for sale in her shops.




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What a joy!! 

xxx
Td. 

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music box: sunday mixtape III.

Oh gloomy sunday, oh foggy sunday I shall make you into something cosy & colorful! 
And here's the mixtape that will (hopefully) do the magic...

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Wishing you all a warm & snug sunday afternoon.
lovelovelove, 
Td.

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Inspiration: Sigur Rós.

I have become a big fan of Sigur Rós. The Icelandic band always manages to lure me into a mystical world of hauntingly beautiful & delicate yet powerful songs. Unfortunately, I can't understand the lyrics as they are (mostly) in Icelandic. But, for me, the songs that are underlined by this lyrical language speak for themselves.


The lead vocalist, a guitarist Jón “Jónsi” Þór Birgisson, has also pursued a solo-career and launched his debut album "Go" at the beginning of 2010. Also a musical delight...I can only recommend it.

Here I would like to share a music video by Sigur Rós for the song "glósóli" which can be translated as "glowing sun"/"bright sun".
It is a work of art, in every way: the music, the story, the cinematography. I have watched it over and over and simply love the feel this video has to it.
The video is directed by the Icelanders, arni & kinski, and features a cast of Icelandic children. The kids simply amaze me. They are so sincere and gorgeous. I read that the viedo shoot was very tough due to the harsh Icelandic weather, and even dangerous at times. What a job the band, cast & crew did...

(make sure you enlarge for watching!)


...stunning. 

If you are interested there are lots of interesting facts about the band, the songs, the Icelandic culture & language and also more videos on their homepage.

much love,
Td.


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Photography: 10 10.


Hello Lovelies,

I came across another wonderful project that I loved immediately. I just have to share it with you. 

It’s called the "10 10 Project" and is founded by Victoria, a writer and photographer from London. The concept of the project is very simple and that is what made it so intriguing to me: 

"10 photographers. 10 photos each. All taken on 10/10/10. A single day represented in 100 photographs."


The line up of photographers is admirable! Some are familiar to me because I have been following and loving their work on their individual blogs. And the others are a glorious new source of inspiration to me. Their work speaks to me very much. 

"It’s an opportunity to slow down and appreciate the simple, everyday things that make life beautiful."

So coming from all over the world a group of very talented & creative minds have put together a genuine visual diary of one single day, sharing beautifully captured journeys, wonders & encounters that otherwise could have passed by unseen by anyone other than themselves.
Need I say or quote more? 
A must-enjoy!  

I really can't choose any favorites, all are wonderful, so here's just a little sneak peek: 
(All images via http://1010project.com/

Make sure you have a look at the complete diaries of all 10 photographers here!


As for me: I hope I'll be able to post some of my latest snaps soon. Autumn is a great time to be out there, snapping away. But work is keeping me so busy I'm finding it hard to fill my rolls of film. However, despite that, I am currently glued to ebay in my free time bidding on two kinds of cameras I'm longing to get. So keep your fingers crossed for me!!!

lovelovelove,
Td. 

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music box: sunday mixtape II.

Although it's misty and grey I did find a rainbow today!




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xxx
Td.

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Photography: back to yesteryear.

I spent my morning wandering about the flea market. One of my favourite things to do on a Saturday...

Fortunately I came across some lovely treasures. But I'm usually not in a buying-mode. I also love to just look... 

I found a couple of wonderful old holiday albums with beautiful photographs ( dated back to 1940’s till about 1960’s). I stood there for at least 30 minutes skimming through the pages and diving into the visual stories that had carefully been pasted into these wonderful albums. Even some delicately preserved swiss alpine flowers had been pasted amongst the prints. Simply gorgeous. 

I wish I knew with what these snaps were taken... I just can't get enough of analog photography. The soft colors and interesting contrasts, the unpredictability... 


I didn't buy any of the albums as they were a bit to pricey (my bargaining was unsuccessful!) but I'm glad I was able to have a good long look!


lovelovelove,
Td.







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Inspiration: yellow bird project.


Hello Lovelies,

Recently I stumbled across a very cool (nonprofit) collaboration of creative minds: "The Yellow Bird Project"


My curiosity was immediately awakened and I started browsing through their homepage.

Here’s a quote from their homepage that pretty much sums up the philosophy behind this very very cool project:

„You can think of us as a tree of creativity, with branches joining together indie musicians, charitable organizations, and t-shirts with a fashionable punch.“

I am familiar with lots of the previously involved bands, so it was very reassuring to see them teaming up with such a great project. And the result of this creative mingling that combines the art of (indie) music and design is clearly evident! I love the shirts!! 

(Images via http://www.yellowbirdproject.com/)

And apart from delighting us with ultracool shirts, the project is on a very meaningful mission. Here is another outtake from their homepage: 

"The mission:
  1. To raise money for charities directly through the barter and trade of our fab tee-shirts. Unfortunately we no longer accept goats; money proved to be an easier currency to store.
     
  2. To raise awareness for charity organizations and their aims through artists’ endorsement. YBP is a very different venue for these charities. It brings in a lot of younger people and encourages philanthropy from treble and bass clefts. It is definitely more work to have multiple charities, rather than one fund, but we think it allows the artists to pick something that is truly important to them.
     
  3. To raise the profile of artists we like. We by no means want to or presume to have the ability to make artists into marketed machines and different versions of Ms. Spears, but we want to help raise their profiles and get them the attention that they deserve. We hope YBP can in some way help artists and music to prosper, and in turn help those less fortunate."

Each shirt has an "About the charity.."-description section where the buyer can read about the array of charity the artist has chosen to donate the proceeds of each purchase to.

So I think I know where my next t-shirt will be purchased from.
And it will be money well spent...
(Images via http://www.yellowbirdproject.com/)


Go have a peek!

lovelovelove,
Td.





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Photography: october skies.

What a glorious Sunday today was. The sun was blazing from a bright blue October sky,  calling every one out into the open to lay in its last hot rays.
We grabbed our bikes and spent a good chunk of the day lying by the sparkling lake, enjoying the warmth, the view...

I hope you were able to enjoy the weekend to the fullest! 
xxx



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A necessary adjustment.


Oh gosh! Oh gosh! It's been a whole WEEK since my last post. I turned around and found myself waking up on Friday. It's been a crazy two weeks back at work. Getting home shattered, managing to get only the bare necessities done and falling into bed.
So, it's taken me this time to adjust to my new day to day rhythm but I am in dire need of a more sufficient work-life(-blog) balance. I am going to try my best to keep up with posting regularly (I must!! I miss it to much!).

much Love,
Td.


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