there are mud-flowers of dialect
and the immortelles of perfect pitch
and that moment when the bird sings very close
to the music of what happens.
- 'song' by seamus heaney

ps. sorry things have been quiet here -- i've been savoring the beauty of europe with three of my most favorite people. i can promise a plethora of photographs in the very near future. don't go far away. xx



this video is pretty perfect.

tell me: what makes your heart beat?
xx
my beautiful best best friend.
she makes me laugh like no other.

rekindled love for this band.

july 2012
1-3 { winnipeg, canada
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double espresso with microfoam & espresso and hot milk with cocoa powder

dear friend, if we went for coffee, what would you order?

february 2014
1-2 { norwich, england
my mid-week treat to you: two springtime playlists curated by me.

xx
hi friends! i'm here to say with great excitement that i'm traveling to berlin, prague, vienna, and salzburg this april!
i am officially inviting any and all travel recommendations. please and thank you!
xx

summarize your photography in three words:
light, longing, life.

what is your first memory of photography?
the wedding portrait of my parents that hung on the wall in their first home. it was perhaps then, as a child, i first noticed how a photograph was something that represented a meaningful moment.

what is your favourite thing to photograph? is it the same as what you photograph most?
would it be too vague to say "details"? the small things, surely, that make up a place, a mood, or a memory. 

what is your dream city to photograph? why?
at this point i would say san francisco, which i visited years ago before i picked up a film camera, and i fell in love with the city so hard i could imagine making a life there. i want to go back and see it through my analogue lens. 

what do you love most about shooting film?
film demands me to make choices from the get-go: which camera, which film, how many rolls to carry with me, which method of developing - each is a one-time choice that you learn not to regret. the outcome can be fascinating, disappointing, forgiving, or inspiring, sometimes all at once. 

what inspires you to take photographs?
the desire to look harder, the desire to remember this world that i love, the desire to look for beautiful details that we so easily overlook.

what encouragement or advice do you have to give to other photographers?
don't worry about the technicalities when you are shooting film, it really is more about the heart than an accurate shutter speed.

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katie's blog is the quintessence of lovely. i could get lost in the pages for hours on end! she has organized her blog according to camera model and film type. it truly is a treasure trove of analogue gems. her photographs capture such miraculous things: like the city after the rain, or the golden setting sun, or the faces of strangers who you feel you could know in another life. her captures of taiwan will take your breath away. katie, thank you for all you do! your talent is astounding. thank you for sharing your gift!
xx

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summarize your photography in three words:
storytelling, light, fun.

what is your first memory of photography?
we both started a love affair with cinema in our childhood, but later on a strong(er) appreciation for photography came with the discovery that we could tell our own short stories with pictures, that we could capture a feeling of a certain lived moment. 

what is your favourite thing to photograph? is it the same as what you photograph most?
people and love, and the happy moments that happen in between life. but we definitely have too many photographs of our cat, juno.

what is your dream city to photograph? why?
every little inch of japan; if that counts as a city, we are not sure. we love about japan that everything - even the tiniest detail which is frequently unintended - is taken care of, displayed in the most lovely way. our dream is to take a year off, go back there, and live the complete four seasons in the country. we also have a crush on new york.

what do you love most about shooting digital and film?
we love the texture, the carefulness taken by the limitation of frames in rolls and the magic unexpected imperfections of film. we appreciate the possibility with digital to play with the image edition like it was a palette, and being able to go again and again into a series of pictures. 

what inspires you to take photographs?
photography is a memory game for us, we like to capture - in the most beautiful ways - those joyful moments in our life before they quickly move to something else. we are inspired by the flares of happiness.

what encouragement or advice do you have to give to other photographers?
patience and perseverance are good virtues of photography. a good piece of advice is to look again at a picture that you did not think good enough at first, because judging your own work is a rough journey of ups and downs. experiment, then discover your true inspirations and go for them. do not let yourself be intimidated by all the pitch perfect photographers out there. that is daily self advice for us, as we are totally terrified of them!

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damaris and dani (and juno!) are the marvellous team behind the cat, you and us. i have been admiring their work from afar ever since i was privileged enough to stumble upon their space on the internet. every post is crammed with colourful captures and wonderful bits of life story. you forget that you're reading about and seeing bits of their lives on screen; their blog is so personable, you feel they're telling it to just you. that's a sign of a great blog, if you ask me. oh, and damaris may have the most enviable hair cut. she pulls of a micro-bob like no one else!
xx

to follow along with damaris, dani, and juno, visit:
summarize your photography in three words:
natural, simple, everyday.

what is your first memory of photography?
i can't recall my first memory of photography because i can't remember a point in my life without it. i remember certain early moments like birthday parties and trips to the beach where my parents would take out the camera and snap a few shots. but i have no distinct memory. having grown up with photography, even in the must mundane way of capturing small pieces of the every day as my parents had done, it has become just a natural part of my life as snow is to a polar bear.

what is your favourite thing to photograph? is it the same as what you photograph most?
generally, i like to photograph landscapes and nature because there is something honest in the simple existence. the way it is is the way it is always. nature doesn't pose. it doesn't take hours to make up and prepare for a single shot and then return to its previous state. its beauty lies in its ability to be what it is, allowing the currents of climate and other environmental conditions to move it. for that same reason, i like to photograph people in their everyday activities. no schedules, no studios, just the person in his or her environment, naturally responding. i am studying anthropology in university right now mainly for the reason that i find people fascinating. in my photographs, i like to capture some of the ways in which we interact with each other and our surroundings, places like coffee houses or markets: busy places where people intermingle and exchange. i like to photograph people's natural reactions to the environment. 

what is your dream city to photograph? why?
my dream city is wherever i am currently living. right now i am living in santa cruz, california. it's so beautiful here. redwoods line my path to class. i see families of deer nibble on the grass outside my residence hall. i have the beach on the one hand and the forest on the other. of course, i dream of traveling, and all of the wonderful cities that are in the world. but, i believe that the dream lies in the present; see where you are, see the beauty in it. i think that every place has something special, something worth photographing, and for me, as for now, it's santa cruz. it doesn't matter where you are; it's how you see it. every city can be a dream city. you can dream a dream from the reality that you are in.

what do you love most about shooting film?
when it comes to film, i can be quite stingy. i don't want to waste film, so i take care into what i capture. what i like about film is that it forces me to properly look at a space. i have to scan the area for certain signs of colour, texture, and lighting that may be potential cues for a great photograph. it makes me use my imagination. however, even for the photographs that don't turn out great, the pure memory of taking it gives it value. 

what inspires you to take photographs?
usually, it is particular shapes, colours, shadowing that inspires me to take photographs. when i see something that catches my eye, my instinct tells me to grab my camera. i take photographs because i want to capture something beautiful.

what encouragement or advice do you have to give to other photographers?
great artists show us their unique definition of beauty.


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benai is such a lovely girl. i remember that when my blog was brand new she wrote about it in one of her blog posts. that was enormous encouragement to a beginner like me, especially having seen her incredible talent and eye for beautiful treasures. reflecting on this interview and her personal blog, it is clear to me that benai has a truly poetic spirit about her: her creativity and appreciation for beauty meld together in her photographs, as well as her ideas about life. girls like benai are really special - they're important signposts for leading an appreciative life.
xx

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her blog
summarize your photography in three words:
relaxed, intuitive, natural.

what is your first memory of photography?
i remember being very little and having a pink camera that looked like an old manual camera. i don't even know if it was just a toy, or if it actually worked. i remember that i felt really good carrying it around and observing things through the viewfinder.

what is your favourite thing to photograph? is it the same as what you photograph most?
i love buildings, streets, and nature, and that's usually what i end up photographing the most. i'm making a conscious effort to photograph more people, but that doesn't come so naturally to me. usually, even if i'm in the middle of a crowd, i photograph things in a way that ends up looking like there was no one there with me.

what is your dream city to photograph? why?
i've been dreaming about going to berlin for a long time and i'm trying to go there this year. i think it's impossible to escape its history and i was always very curious about it. i'm pretty sure i'll be fascinated by all the old buildings and the urban vibe of the city. can't wait!

what do you love most about shooting film?
as with all analogue objects, i love the physicality of film. i also love the fact that it's not about instant gratification. you have to observe the variables, make a choice, and then wait to see if the results are good or bad. in time, one learns to perfect all these things, but the excitement and anxiety are always there.

what inspires you to take photographs?
it's hard to point out what drives me to it. i think it's all about recording the details that catch my attention: the way the light comes through a window, architectural details on an old building, pink sunsets, empty streets.

what encouragement or advice do you have to give to other photographers?
i love film so much that my advice for all the photographers out there is to shoot with film like crazy! the demand for film will increase, the prices will decrease, and we'll be even happier!
seriously, no matter the medium of your choice, just take photos and practice.


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what to say about ines. i believe any digital devotee who takes one look at ines' blog will want to convert to film. it is amazing how much life, colour, and detail she contains in one tiny frame. i love seeing the beauty of europe through her eyes. i also love how her captures are simple, allowing the photographs to speak for themselves; the audience can create their own feelings and impressions. she often uses expired film which adds an extra dimension of colour and added nostalgia. oh, and she makes jewelry. talk about a talent extraordinaire!
xx

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what is your favourite thing to photograph? is it the same as what you photograph the most?
my favourite subjects are the tiny details of daily life - the light in my bedroom, cats sleeping, my friends, dear objects that i find in thrift shops - i feel like a loving microscope, enhancing all the things i cherish in my world. i love nature and tend to wanderlust through a lot of landscape pictures on flickr and on some wonderful blogs, and my aim for this year is that some of those places become somehow part of my life; so i can see and live through them, making them mine through pictures.

summarize your photography in three words:
heart, urge, remembrance.

what is your first memory of photography?
going through my parents black and white wedding photo album.
what is your dream city to photograph? why?
bergen, in norway. don't ask me why; i have been dreaming about this city and have never understood why this dream is so specific. maybe i feel drawn to places that are the antipodes to where i am.

what do you love the most about shooting film?
film has texture; a tri-dimensionality that digital photographs fail (in my opinion) to obtain. the surprise factor - having to wait for the results - always fascinates me. i always feel there is a piece of magic coming to my hands when i get a roll of film developed. even what may be considered as mistakes or flaws make a photograph special and unique... reminds me of being human, i guess.

what inspires you to take photographs?
light: opening the blinds in the morning and seeing a clear sky makes me instantly reach for my camera and start clicking.

what encouragement or advice do you have for other photographers?
"if at first you don't succeed, dust yourself off and try again". 
don't compare your eyes to other people's eyes; work more and get satisfaction from that moment where you start to recognize yourself in your images.
never forget that what makes you special is where your feet (and perspectives) are.

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sara's gorgeous blog is one of the first i came across having just started my own. it is a treasure chest of beauty. i felt an instant connection with someone who lived thousands of miles away from me. my kindred spirit, let's call her. i absolutely adore the tiny life-details that she captures, making them so significant when others would allow them to fade away. her style is a constant source of inspiration for me.
xx

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what is your first memory of photography?
we had a black room in our high school that i developed some photographs in for a class, but as everything in high school, i didn't take it very seriously!

what is your favourite thing to photograph? is it the same as what you photograph the most?
i mostly take landscapes or nature photographs. i tend to throw in a few with me and my better half, whom i go on all my little adventures with. i try to capture our interaction with nature and the simplicity of it all.

what is your dream city to photograph? why?
i really have an itch to visit seattle and work my way down the coast to california. i have yet to see the pacific (other than flying over it!).

what do you love the most about shooting digital?
editing is almost as fun for me as actually exploring with my camera. i get to relive the fun i had all over again and experiment with making the end result feel more like it did in real life.

what inspires you to take photographs?
oddly enough, i think my day job does. i am in a windowless cubicle all day long, doing the least creative work you can; so when i have some free time or vacation i feel like i need to fill it to the brim with creativity! in the winter this tends to be knitting, sewing, and crafts, but some summer, i really try to take advantage of every moment to get out in nature and to experience it! then thousands of photos and hours editing follow!

what encouragement or advice do you have for other photographers?
don't worry about the fancy stuff and get out there and practice. i still only have the most basic digital camera equipment you can get!
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shey-ana is such an encourager. she has been so kind to me over these past months! she even made me a blog button because i am useless with widgets! her landscape captures take my breath away on a daily basis. her photographs have a real softness to them, and i always feel the nature beckoning me through her images. shey-ana, thank you for seeing all the beauty in the world and taking the time to capture it and share it with all of us. your vision encourages my creative pursuits. shey-ana, i hope you never cease to see the world with an open mind, open heart, and an open lens. your photography is a gift!
xx


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summarize your photography in three words:
light, natural, soft.

what is your first memory of photography?
using my mum's old film camera when i was about seven or eight and having to be monitored so that i didn't fill up the whole roll with pictures of our pet dog. i was hooked. 

what is your favourite thing to photograph? is it the same as what you photograph the most?
i like to make people see the beauty in themselves, so portraits are definitely my favourite. i think what we photograph most other than just our day-to-day life are weddings, which is perfect because everyone is already dressed up and smiling. photographing daily life is fun too, though! and moments from our travels... i can't pick a favourite! i basically have my camera in my bag with me at all times to make sure i don't miss anything because i love snapping away far too much.

what is your dream city to photograph? why?
definitely quito in ecuador. nate grew up there so seeing and capturing the places i have heard so much about would be amazing. and we're getting to go next summer! i'm far too excited.

what do you love the most about shooting digital?
i love that there is no pressure; i can delete what i want and be left with the photos that i am actually proud of and it doesn't really matter. it means i can just relax when shooting, which is the dream.

what inspires you to take photographs?
i've been reading a few blogs for years and years and years (old favourites like olivia rae james spring to mind immediately) and then more recently i've fallen in love with kinfolk and cereal too. then there's God - He's created far too many beautiful and amazing things for them not to be captured!

what encouragement or advice do you have for other photographers?
i really do believe that practice makes perfect. it took me so long to be confident enough to pull my camera out in public, but now i think about all the shots i missed. no one takes a blind bit of difference anyway! also, going manual was the greatest step for me - i now have so much more control over how my photos look and i love it.

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lucy is one half of the dream team over at we resolve photography. she and her husband, nate, are two of the sweetest, most genuine people in the blogosphere. don't you just hear lucy's sweetness coming through the interview? i am so thankful for their kindness and encouragement. as a team, they are exploding with talent. i cannot wait to see what loveliness will come from their partnership in the future. lucy, you are so wonderful. i hope you never cease to see the world with an open mind, open heart, and an open lens. your photography is a gift!
xx

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summarize your photography in three words:
analogue, pictorial, sentimental.

what is your first memory of photography?
i guess my very first memory of photography would be my father taking photographs of my sister and i while on family outings. we used to go hiking almost every sunday, since we lived so close to the alps. both my father and mother loved the mountains and my father always took his camera along. as a child i didn't understand him, but now i really do. there are still plenty of photographs from those outings, piled in cardboard boxes at my family home.

what is your favourite thing to photograph? is it the same as what you photograph the most?
i especially like to photograph natural landscapes: the wilder the better. sometimes i like to photograph landscapes with people; how tiny and peaceful they look in nature. i suppose that is also what i photograph most, even though it is never sufficient to me. i try to spend as much time as possible outdoors - in the forest or by the sea - but i wish i would travel to wilder places more often.

what is your dream city to photograph? why?
as much as i enjoy visiting cities from time to time - especially those in abundance of old historical buildings - i always find myself more attracted to nature, when it comes down to photography. i suppose, then, that my dream city to photograph could be nuuk in greenland - not your typical capital city. i'd really love to go to greenland!

what do you love the most about shooting film?
what i love the most about shooting film is the fact that there is only a limited amount of shots on a roll, which forces you to choose your subject attentively, and prevents you from shooting carelessly. also, the fact that you won't be able to see your photographs as you take them makes you want to be more careful, and makes you feel like the images are more precious when you finally get to see them. 

what inspires you to take photographs?
what inspires me to take photographs is most definitely what surrounds me, especially the natural environment: the changing of the seasons, the frozen sea in winter, the golden light of summer months, the colours of autumn. as well as particular moments and details that i feel like registering.

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polly, i admire you for being the photographer that you are. your vision is truly inspiring. your photographs capture scenes and experiences that i may never have the opportunity to witness or have, so i love seeing parts of the world vicariously through you. i hope you never cease to see the world with an open mind, open heart, and an open lens. your photography is a gift!
xx

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yotam ottolenghi inspired pearl barley risotto

adapted from this recipe

1 cup pearl barley
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp olive oil
2 celery stalks, diced
2 small shallots, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 thyme sprigs
½ tsp smoked paprika
1 bay leaf
14 oz canned chopped tomatoes
3 cups chicken stock
1 ¼ cups passata
crumbled feta

rinse the barley with cold water. drain.
melt the butter and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large frying pan and cook the celery, shallots, and garlic over gentle heat for 5 minutes until soft. add the barley, thyme, paprika, bay leaf, tomatoes, stock, and passata. stir to combine. bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to a very gentle simmer and cook for 45 minutes, stirring frequently. when ready, the barley should be tender and most of the liquid absorbed.
once the risotto is ready, divide it among four shallow bowls. top each with crumbled feta and a sprinkling of oregano leaves.

here's a yummy song.

february 2014
1-2 { norwich, england
dearest friends,
it brings my great joy to announce an upcoming series:
interviews with my favourite photographers 
i cannot wait to share the talent of some of the blogosphere's most gifted shutterbugs. 
my first interview, coming very soon, will be with the darling polly balitro. 
xx
the saturday we went to emma's for a girly pancake breakfast. we had buck's fizz (orange juice + champagne) to drink and freshly cooked pancakes with a plethora of toppings: fresh berries, golden syrup, cookie butter, bailey's flavoured clotted cream. nothing like a sugary breakfast with sweet friends to keep the weekend right!

this pretty pretty song.

and now pinning all things beautiful! follow along? xx

january 2014
1-2 { norwich, england
in a haze, a stormy haze, i'll be 'round, i'll be loving you always, always.
here i am and i'll take my time, here i am and i'll wait in line always, always.
- from parachutes by coldplay

happy valentines day, lovelies!

a perfect song for the weekend.

january 2014
1 { norwich, england
a quartet of belated december captures:
i. making homemade mince pies
ii. the unwin's perfect christmas tree
iii. cozy decor for the annual party
iv. the everlasting beauty of dried roses

this song is keeping me company.

december 2013
1-4 { norwich, england
let your little light shine
let your little light shine
shine on the dazzling darkness
that restores us in deep sleep
shine on what we throw away
and what we keep
- from shine by joni mitchell

december 2013
1-3 { frank's bar, norwich
the song sort of became about an envisionment about a place, about when you think that there’s somebody out there that you could be in love with but you haven’t met them yet. it sort of became a metaphor for places you haven’t been but that you feel like you know. you can sort of have that feeling about somebody you haven’t met that you feel like you’re supposed to be with.
- justin vernon (bon iver) on his song calgary

ps. a melody as pretty as can be.

august 2012
1 { winnipeg, canada
golden teeth glistening
in the mouth of the city
silver clouds colliding
at the tongue tip of the day

bite off all the darkness
they whispered;
and chew the light well. 

- skyline by changming yuan

a beautiful song.

august 2012
1-4 { winnipeg, canada
the warmth of red light and a slice of carrot cake.

what i made last week:
monday | brussels spouts with lemon + dill sauce
tuesday | eggnog
wednesday | chicken satay with rice
thursday | dinner compliments of my church!
friday | tomato + barley risotto

this song for smiling.

august 2012
1-2 { winnipeg, canada
one / oribe masque for beautiful colour
two / oribe dry texturizing spray 
three / kevin murphy young again oil 
four / oribe supershine light moisturizing cream 
five / klorane oatmilk gentle dry shampoo 
six / kevin murphy angel wash
 

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