by Celeste Noche I was travelling from Ljubljana and the Slovenian carpool I’d taken dropped me off in Venice so I could catch my train to Florence. I’d been to Venice once before: it was March of 2010, I hadn’t fully transitioned to shooting in manual (see here and here), and I caught a cold. This time was different. It was late summer, it was still fairly busy with people, and I had two hours. I had big plans to find an old bookshop but, of course, got lost. I think it worked out better this way. I caught glances of quiet squares and deserted canals. It was past noon and although the sun hadn’t quite hit golden hour, it allowed me to see the city in a warmth I had missed that March years ago. And even though I ended up in a panic, not sure if I’d make it back in time for my train, it was well worth it, because seeing Venice always is. All photos by Celeste Noche. A version of this post first appeared here. …
by Christina Sunario I recently spent a relaxing Sunday at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, enjoying the much discussed Chuck Close exhibition. For a bit of background- Chuck Close is an artist from the states, he grew up in Seattle and he is now based in New York. He is well known for the portraits he produces, as well as his signature, unconventional and intricate technique. His portraits are of his family and friends (predominantly artists). As I strolled around the exhibit I couldn’t help but agree with common opinion, that his works are fascinating, that he is indeed a genius! I was also amazed to discover that he actually suffered from Prosopagnosia, a condition where you are not able to memorise facial distinction and therefore find it difficult to remember people’s faces (also known as face blindness).
We hope you’ve had a productive and interesting week! Monday in Straya is our national Australia Day, which means it is a day of beach, sun, BBQs, Triple J’s Hottest 100, beer and dancing! Because of this we’ll be posting on Tuesday next week. Have a lovely weekend! x You probably need to watch this again. 31 dresses you can just chuck on and head to work! If only. How Fashion Helped Defeat 18th-Century Anti-Vaxxers. This quiet short film Night in a Hotel, based on the German short story. The best ads of 2015 (which is your favourite?). Have you read this interview with David Mitchell? Oh em gee must try Joy’s pistachio donut recipe. The Bondi Hipsters have a lot to say about Tay Tay protesters (re her entry in the Hottest 100). Top image by Glendyn Ivin, from season two of Puberty Blues.
This year we will be putting up a bunch of our favourite links from around the web each friday. This is mostly because the weekend is so close! We hope you soak up the sun (or adventure through the snow), take time to relax and read and listen and drink tea. x A super cute DIY for watercolour table numbers (that double as water bottles!). A few scribbles of Revolutionary Women in the Arts. Oscar fashion over the years. Remember Hugh’s opening number? In case you missed these incredible photos. Take Me To Church sounds even better with a “magnifique surprise” gospel choir. Funny article about why it’s time to let it go of Let it Go. Andrea Costantini’s Where is my Mind series. Mermaids are real. And even though you’ve probably seen it, Maroon 5. Top image by Gray Malin- see more here.
by Celeste Noche As I write this from my cold Portland apartment, the sun seems like a distant memory- a golden dream that I took for granted for the first 25 (or so) years of my life as a California native (well, that’s not exactly true- I grew up in a city known for its fog). But I digress. In August I spent a long weekend up- err, down- in Bodega Bay with two of my dearest friends and roommates from college, Anna and Jenna. In college, we used to joke about the fact that we liked to stay in and cook like Suzy Homemakers instead of going out and doing what all of the other college seniors did. This weekend wasn’t any different.