we've just returned from a short trip in Chamonix Mont-Blanc, and I will kindly spare you the details of having to share toilets and shower booths with 20 other people (including some I'd never met before, who sang their lungs out at ungodly hours of the morning or toweled off in public space), because the truth is, I'd do it all over again just to watch that expression of sheer joy on my sons' faces the first time they rode a ski lift and came down the beginner slope.
I couldn't have hoped for a better way to end 2010.
Happy New Year!
a short but sincere, heartfelt thank you before I report for chaperone duty and get on a bus with 20 students for a few days in the Alps, watch my sons ski for the first time and eat too much cheese.
thank you, thank you all so much for your generosity and support in helping my friend Gail reach her pledged goal and raise the finishing funds for her documentary film Opening our Eyes. I am humbled, inspired, and proud of the way we rallied around this project, of what our small group has helped achieve.
and congratulations to Azuree Wiitala, the winner of the giveaway.
a few weeks ago I was asked by The Impossible Project to test and shoot the new PX600 Silver Shade UV+ film and PX70 Color Shade PUSH!, and selected to participate in the new Facing the Impossible exhibition at the NYC Impossible Project Space.
needless to say I am beyond ecstatic (and the lights on our Christmas tree pale in comparison to the beam on my face).
but there's more.
my friend photographer and filmmaker Gail Mooney recently traveled to six continents for 99 days to shoot her documentary film Opening our Eyes about people making a positive difference in the world. I learned so much spending a couple of days in her presence at the European Summit for Global Transformation, about how amazing it is what one small act can do, about being a woman photographer in our society today, about our responsibility to remember the truths about our work, and to hold them at once – of its playfulness, and of its power.
so to celebrate the opening of the Facing The Impossible exhibit, I'm giving away a pack of PX600 Silver Shade UV+ and PX70 Color Shade PUSH! film with a reusable shopping bag from The Impossible Project Store and a Baby Holga camera. all you have to do is back Gail's kickstarter project for a 1$ minimum pledge amount, and leave a comment here before December 24th, 2010 to be entered in a random drawing.
(note: the two images of this post are the ones that are on exhibit at the NYC Impossible Project Space. you can watch a short video of the opening reception here. also, many thanks to Anne, Emilie and Marlene from the Impossible Project office in Vienna for their time and kind encouragement.)
UPDATE: we made it! thank you all so much for your ongoing support and generosity in helping Gail reach her pledged goal! you can still donate and leave a comment here to enter the giveaway. anything pledged forward will be shared with the subjects of the film for their causes.
I remember waking up one day a few weeks ago, sitting at my desk and not knowing what to do except putting my energy into something to create space for a more positive, and loving view of my own life. so this year again, I thought I'd make a little something to thank you all for visiting this blog, sending emails, joining the Simple Soulful Photography workshop, ordering prints and showing support in one form or another.
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it's about bundling up in my favorite scarf, crisp leaves crunching under my feet and the smell of roasting chestnuts wafting through the air.
about more books from the local library, pumpkin lattes, trips to the planetarium, and potato and leek soup. with garlic croutons.
about falling in love with Polaroid all over again. and good friends who inspire me in the most unexpected and wonderful ways.
it's about encouraging my boys to explore as many avenues as possible, helping them discover their true passion, and affirming the things that they're good at but are not valued by school. like sketching, playing bongos, baking yogurt cake and singing John Lennon.
and while I don't think it's appropriate for me to discuss the issues I have with my sons' school here, nor the many reasons for my anger and rattling frustration, it's about (seriously) questioning public education.
I want to write about the European Summit for Global Transformation. I really do. but I have spent the past couple of weeks dealing with bouts of insomnia and leaning over a bowl and inhaling eucalyptus steam with a towel over my head to help relieve a sinus congestion (again). and the truth is, my friends Lisa, Maggie, Gail and Rebecca have articulated it far better than I could ever express it.
but I will tell you this. yes, the experience was humbling and transformative. every person I met, every story told and lesson learned has changed the way I think and perceive things, parent my sons and do my morning yoga.
I was reminded of important issues that resonate with my spirit and feed my passion. of activists, social entrepreneurs and change makers whose dedication, advocacy and selflessness are inspiring me to follow more unconventional routes. that it doesn't matter how remarkable or grand your contribution is, really. that one small act can save a life.
back from a weekend in Amsterdam attending the European Summit for Global Transformation in the glorious presence of Maggie Doyne, Letha Sandison, Mona Eltahawy, Esra'a Al Shafei, Lisa Field-Elliot, Gail Mooney, Marianne Elliott and many others who are making my life immensely richer for having spent a few days with them.
I'm humbled, inspired and confused in the best way possible.