Dreaming of Spring

“It is a very beautiful day. The woman looks around and thinks: ‘There cannot ever have been a spring more beautiful than this. I did not know until now that clouds could be like this. I did not know that the sky is the sea and that clouds are the souls of happy ships, sunk long ago. I did not know that the wind could be tender, like hands as they caress – what did I know – until now?”

― Unica Zürn




 San Francisco, California

A Beautiful Designer~

Katie Ermilio is a designer of beautiful things… maybe that has something to do with being the granddaughter of Grace Kelly’s personal clothier or having worked at Vogue. Either way this incredibly talented (and wonderfully sweet) woman is destined to great fashion stardom. 

These are the photos Rue Magazine commissioned me to shoot of Katie in her work studio, wearing her own designs for the premiere issue- click to see Katie’s classic fall shopping guide and swoon at the great taste and goodies!

All photos shot with my Pentax Spotmatic and fuijifilm 

Seeing Raleigh in a 35mm frame

An urban Art Space, a historic downtown, barber shops as they were, a farmer’s market, sweet southern gardenias wet with rain, my favorite camera store in the world, and on a stormy night a warm B&B to end the day in a claw foot bubble bath….

All images shot with my Honeywell Pentax Spotmatic and Fujicolor NPZ 800 film

Images from a Weekend~

A visit to the Union Square farmer’s market, a stop by The Strand to look at gardening books, a walk through Fishs Eddy, planting a new herb garden on our stoop, a homemade roast and reading The Bell Jar I found at a thrift store for $3… why can’t it always be the weekend?

All images were shot with my Minolta SRT101 & Fuji 160 film

Ten Polaroids~ Savannah’s Squares

What I love about Polaroid film is the notion that you only get one shot. Unlike digital where you can take hundreds on the same subject, the limitations of Polaroid film make you slow down and really be ready to capture a single image. The unexpected bubbles, uneven development, rips or tears all add character to the image. I researched and walked to each one of the 22 squares in order to choose which 10 I would photograph, at the bottom of the post you can see my diagram and notes.

All images taken with my Polaroid Automatic Land Camera 440 and Fuji instant film

Pulaski Square~ Known for its live oaks.

Columbia Square~ The fountain that formerly stood at Wormsloe Plantation, the home of one of Georgia’s first settlers and where I took this, this, & this photo of the mile of live oaks.

Madison Square~ Part of the “crown jewels” of Savannah.

Monterey Square~ Said to be the most beautiful square of Savannah, all but one building surrounding the square are original and in the background of this Polaroid is Mercer Williams House, my favorite home in Savannah.

Lafayette Square~ Watched over by the stunning Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Crawford Square~ During segregation and Jim Crow laws this was the only square in Savannah where African Americans were permitted. 

Chippewa Square~ or as I call it, Forrest Gump’s Square. My favorite coffee shop sits on this square and I’ve spent many hours looking out at it. 

Wright Square~ One of the original 4 and one of my favorites.

Reynolds Square~  two of my favorite things happen around this square, the nostalgic Lucas Theatre and the piano bar in the basement of the Pink House. 

Warren Square~ Represents the sister city relationship to Boston. On the right you can see one of the historic buildings Savannah is known for and on the left you can see the disgraceful parking garage, something I passionately detest. Prevention from development like this is rich in Savannah’s history.