Thursday, August 30, 2012

African Safari

I've wanted to visit the Museum of Natural History ever since I read The Catcher in the Rye as a teenager. I became overly fascinated with the place and dreamed of the day when I'd be gazing at the Eskimos which Holden Caulfield found so captivating.

Last week Oli and I ventured into the museum, wide eyed and pockets full of snacks. It was even greater than I'd imagined. We arrived late in the afternoon when admission is free so only made it to the African Hall and Dinosaur floor before closing. I rather like the idea of unveiling the exhibitions one by one rather than seeing everything in one fell swoop, so many future visits to look forward to!

"The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. Nobody'd move . . . . Nobody'd be different. The only thing that would be different would be you."
                                                             The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Lady Liberty


I'm usually really picky when shooting film but since being in New York I can't put my dang camera down. All the beautiful Brownstone's, rickety fire escapes and decaying subway platforms deserve documenting wouldn't you say?

Its hard to believe we've only been in New York for two weeks, it seems like an age since we waved farewell to our seaside vacation home in Florida and headed North. I already feel completely at home here and have felt so welcomed by a gaggle of beautiful blogging ladies. I can't wait to see what else this dame of a city has up her sleeve.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Crown of Love

 Last week I received a cryptic message directing me to a tumblr site, although I was unsure of what lay ahead of me I was absolutely delighted to see the first portrait staring back at me! 

You can imagine my surprise when I awoke this morning to find a second portrait, just as beautiful as the first. I adore the soft shading and line work of these illustrations and the similarity to the original photographs is uncanny! I'll be cherishing these babies forever.

You can see more beautiful illustrations of various subjects from Jean Serberg to Bjork over at avalonprand's tumblr.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

The Big Smoke

Well, after 5 months on the road and what seems like an age since we took these grassy photographs in Portland, we made it to New York City. The past few days have been filled to the brim with Craigslist apartment hunting, Central Park trotting, fire escape beer drinking and eating some of the best food we've had since hitting the States. I've wanted to live in New York since I visited in 2008 so i'm pretty chuffed to finally be here.

Today we found the Brooklyn apartment of our dreams, it's in a big old warehouse with a lofted bed, has two huge rooftops with Manhattan twinkling in the distance and is conveniently located next door to a pickle factory. However the real icing on the cake is that i'll be a stones throw away from two of my very favourite bloggers, Liz and Emily!

I can't wait to see what this big old city has in store for us.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

An Homage to Woody

Lone Rock Beach, UT

Drive-Thru Tree - Leggett, CA

Yellowstone National Park - WY

  Carrizo Plain - CA

Yellowstone National Park - WY

 Highway 101 - CA

Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

Yellowstone National Park, WY 

McKenzie Bridge, OR

Woody has been many things to us, for one he was the first car either of us had purchased, he was our home and most importantly he was our ticket to freedom in the USA. From waking up in thick abandoned mountain forests, camping out in countless Walmart car-parks and sleeping on the beach with all the doors open and the stars twinkling, he took us everywhere. 

Within hours of his purchase we'd already developed a distinct personality and voice for Woody and he became an active part in most conversations, usually suggesting we stop for milkshakes or abandon our campfire breakfast for diner pancakes.

Needless to say when we made the decision to sell him in Florida and fly to New York (much to Woody's dismay) we were heartbroken, but to drive thousands of miles with no A/C and soaring gas prices just didn't make sense. The only consolation is that the buyer is a die hard Woody fan, he's owned 6 in his time. Could it possibly be that someone could love this rustic wood panelled Chevy Chase-esque van as much as we do? Apparently so.

So after 10,000 miles of life on the road the time has come to say farewell to Woody, we'll miss you buddy!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Cupid De Locke

This darling 1920s bridesmaid's dress stole my heart last week when she popped up on my etsy, with original flapper inflicted cigarette holes and many torn seams from too much charlestoning, I knew at once she had to be mine. I still have countless hours of mending ahead of me, a challenge which I will accept as soon as I can bare to take her off...

Living out of a small suitcase can seem pretty intimidating, when we first arrived in America I had a mixture of pretty and practical garments. As the months have passed i've discarded most of my hiking garb and my suitcase is now filled with a handsome array of delicate vintage party dresses which are spilling out onto the floor. Having such limited space means I can only really keep items I truly adore, which isn't so bad after all!

Tell me about your very favourite dress, how did she come to be yours?

Friday, August 3, 2012

The Grand Canyon

Medium format photography by Mont Clare

Some more snaps from our life on the road. After the sparkling lights of Las Vegas we made our way to the Grand Canyon. With no air conditioning and only one functioning window this was a particularly memorable drive.

The Grand Canyon was nothing short of spectacular. Although i've seen seen so many photographs of it in the past, teetering on the edge peering down into the abyss was absolutely breathtaking. That night we escaped the crowds and found a fire service road nearby where we could camp for free. We woke up in the morning to the sounds of nature, feeling like we were the only ones in the world.