Elliot Erwitt is one of my all time favorite photographers. I was fortunate enough to catch an Erwitt exhibit at the International Center for Photography (if you are in NYC they have classes too).  If you are familiar with his work you may not have realized that a lot of his seemingly spontaneous and ‘at the right place at the right time’ shots were staged. I think for any budding photographer this offers a glimmer of hope that you might be able to create your own magic. If you are looking for the challenge of treasure hunting a magic moment don’t fret, there is a whole booming community dedicated to street film photography. Photographer Nitsa is a dedicated explorer of techniques and experimentation calling her style Non-photography, her blog is filled with information and she even created an e-book guide.  I stayed up one night way too late going through her archives. 

Tomorrow I am going to share with you what looks like the coolest film developing workshop ever and where to get film to shoot with your vintage Kodak Brownie or Argus and better yet how to load them! So for those of you that have been bummed that you don’t have Photoshop to create all those vintage photo effects that are so popular you will be able to thumb your nose at those fakers (like me) and shoot the real deal.  If you can’t wait until tomorrow perhaps you would like to visit Lomo?  Did you know you can take very inexpensive photo classes at their stores? I hope you have decided to loot your parents garage for an old film camera or are planning to do some serious garage sale-ing this weekend (I bought a near mint condition 35mm Canon film camera with three zoom lenses for $40 at one) the deals are out there but people are buying them up fast and with everything you are going to learn this week you are going to want to go out and practice.


As I hustle to get more images up in my shop, I thought I would continue my dedicated week of posts. This week I wanted to dedicate it to film photography sharing some of my favorite resources and  film photographs.  I know a lot of bloggers + readers have an infinity for photography and it seems more and more are interested in the nostalgia of film and the effect that you can seemingly only achieve by shooting film.  For me, being basically the cro-magnon of bloggers, I shoot digitally as if I have an expensive roll of 24 exposures in my camera. I take my time set up the shot and shoot thoughtfully, thus my progress in getting my photographs styled, shot, edited and loaded is often an epic task–I am seriously slow. I am not going to change anytime soon no matter how many times I try to tell myself that I can take as many shots as my heart desires it’s ingrained in me to not waste any film. I’m going with it.  Good thing as I actually own quite a few film cameras.  I had never even considered myself being a collector but it seems as if I have inadvertently become one.  My Fancy gave me a 35mm vintage Nikon for a birthday, it’s an amazing camera but it’s heavy, it feels like you are carrying an iron brick around, which makes spontaneous shooting not an option. I have many, many more all with equal functional obsolescence. I recently bought myself a gorgeous refurbished Polaroid which is what brought me to the Film Photography Project.  The FPP dispels any film confusion with witty banter and easy to follow along videos. It’s a film enthusiasts mecca and best yet, they are still small enough that you can probably ask any burning questions you may have and get them answered. I think the FPP is a great place to explore this medium if you are like me and feel overwhelmed by where to get started on your film photography journey. I’ll be back tomorrow with another cool resource but let me leave you a link to Jose Villa, a phenom in the wedding photography world that shoots only in film, I hope he inspires you as much as he has inspired me.


Antler Magazine in a world of new media publications is a virtual veteran of the medium. The name is great because we already established that I am an antler fan. It’s definitely more on the artsy side  (so don’t expect girly, preppy or decor) but they get high marks for their superb artist finds. I find myself going back to it to discover new (to me ) creatives quite often. I say read it. 

Well, it is Friday, it went by quite fast, no?  I am going to try to pop in tomorrow and add a list of e mags to my ‘little pretties’ tab. I know there’s some amazing ones out there like Lonny and Rue, but I hope I was able to introduce you to some of the up & comers and today’s ‘oldie’ but goodie.


While the rest of the blogosphere has cornered the market on their Franco + Anglophile obsessions, mais oui,  I am going to quietly pine for Australia (someone has to).  I’ve never been but would kiss a pig for the opportunity.  I could probably do a week dedicated to Australian design, and perhaps I shall. Whenever I spot an Australian home mag I feel like they have captured the essence of my dream home style–Simple classic pieces, mixed with industrial chic, tons of natural light and nature thrown in with nothing too precious. Afterall, Florence Broadhurst was Australian, an eccentric and wonderfully ingenious woman that definitely inspired a ton of modern interior design and was way ahead of her time.  I feel like Australian design is way ahead of its time but also timeless, how very clever of those Aussies. Est Magazine feels like a highly edited mag-a-log, it has great vignette’s, smart profiles and even a dash of fashion.  I think you will like it and maybe you will join me and become an aussie-o-phile as well.


Kinfolk Magazine- a guide  for small gatherings. I know a few lovelies mentioned this magazine and I am just hoping beyond hope (not too dramatic am I ?) that I can introduce at least one new person to it.  I love the premise, so simple, so sweet. Kinfolk magazine delivers what it’s tag line claims. It’s filled with gorgeous images and plenty of inspiration.  With meals becoming so labor intensive with food + decor, it’s nice to go casual. In our home a good bottle of wine, mixed-matched dishes + silverware and delicious, fresh food make for the most memorable evenings.  Kinfolk is dedicated to those types of meals where bringing good people + good food together equals the perfect recipe.

p.s.. Kinfolk is offering a print version for those that would love to be able to flip through it!.

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