Vintage Snapshots Of Italy In The 1980s ›

  March 26, 2014 at 05:13pm

Why We Rescue ›

The purest love?

  March 05, 2014 at 11:39am
tierradentro:

“Holy Week, Sevilla”, 1914, Joaquín Sorolla. (via)

tierradentro:

Holy Week, Sevilla”, 1914, Joaquín Sorolla. (via)

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18th Century Paintings of London, Remixed With Google Street View ›

Beautiful idea.

  February 25, 2014 at 08:26pm
Family of Queen Victoria, 1846, by Franz Xaver Winterhalter.  Oil on canvas.  Royal Collection.

Family of Queen Victoria, 1846, by Franz Xaver Winterhalter.  Oil on canvas.  Royal Collection.

  February 25, 2014 at 08:08pm

6 Vintage Photos That Prove Paris In The Springtime Is Magical ›

  February 25, 2014 at 07:40pm

15 Spectacular Pictures Of Abandoned European Buildings ›

http://www.uecriticalmass.co.uk/

Each photo is like a million secrets from across time.

  February 24, 2014 at 10:06am
Aurora Borealis (1865) by Frederic Edwin Church. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC.

Aurora Borealis (1865) by Frederic Edwin Church. Smithsonian American Art MuseumWashington, DC.

  February 23, 2014 at 11:28pm

I’ve been doing some genealogical research and found these two photos of my grandmother, her parents and her sister.  I’ve seen both before, framed on shelves or collected in boxes, but finding them online through my own work somehow felt more special.

In the first, my grandmother holds one of her nephews and poses next to her parents.  Her long coat and short heels are indicative of her class and style, and she still pays attention to these types of details today.  My family loves a story from when I was a young girl at my grandparents’ house.  One of my friends was with me, and we went into my grandparents’ room, where I opened the closet.  ”These are my fancy grandma’s clothes and shoes,” I told my friend.

I would have loved to know my great-grandparents, but they unfortunately died long before I was born.  To know them would have been a portal to travel across time and space.  Instead, I try to hold on to whatever has been passed down over time - anecdotes, artifacts, recipes.

In the second photo, my great-aunt Marian poses for her wedding photo with her husband Joe and her wedding party.  Her beautiful, dramatic dress is so indicative of how she was in life.  As a child, I loved her because she was family.  As an adult, after she was gone, I realized I also loved her for how exuberant, bold and fearless she always was.  Uncle Joe is 93, his hair is still black, and I’m sure he misses her every single day.

For our generation, or at least for most people I know, photos like this are treasured relics of the family tree.  Photographs were still special in the 50s and 60s, the time period when the grandparents of the present were growing up.  I wonder how future generations will feel when learning about their predecessors will be as simple as opening a Facebook profile.  I feel sad in a way that they won’t get a quest to discover the past.  They’ll have no adventure and no treasure chest.

  February 23, 2014 at 06:59pm
Patti & Robert.  Credit unknown.  For the Kids.  

Patti & Robert.  Credit unknown.  For the Kids.  

You are looking at the screen of my Canon, which was watching us, while we were watching Aurora.  (aka WE SAW THE NORTHERN LIGHTS!!) (at Lokastigur)

You are looking at the screen of my Canon, which was watching us, while we were watching Aurora. (aka WE SAW THE NORTHERN LIGHTS!!) (at Lokastigur)

  February 09, 2014 at 07:07pm

25 Things Foreigners Admire About Americans ›

I spend so much time looking at the great qualities of other cultures, that sometimes I forget to appreciate my own.  <3

  January 18, 2014 at 03:49pm
Title: The Water (feat. Laura Marling) Artist: Johnny Flynn; Laura Marling 176 plays
  January 08, 2014 at 02:20am

Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight

Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight

(via chang-loriousbasterds)

Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.

Ira Glass
  January 03, 2014 at 09:58pm