Is it weird to be proud of someone you don’t know? I feel proud for Lena Dunham for getting Girls on HBO. I don’t care about all the nitpicky discussions on whether the show is too white, too privledged, or unrealistic. Too me, it doesn’t matter, its television and it makes me happy that a smart girl in her twenties can pitch an interesting show and get it on air. I feel happy for her. If you like the show, watch Tiny Furniture. It’s her first feature film and it’s almost a precursor to Girls. I’m really impressed by the photo-like compositions and the acting by her real mom and sister. She also shot the entire things on a canon slr which goes to show, if you have a great idea, you don’t need much to make a good film.
You know it’s spring when new baby geese are out to play. I love seeing life on the canals, I’ll be sad to leave this houseboat.
Mother goose next door feeding the newcomers.
Each spring, I’ve been heading over to the old church in the Red Light District to see the best in photojournalism at the latest World Press Photo exhibition. I love seeing the different photo stories from around the world and I always go through an entire range of emotions while viewing them. Sometimes I cry, sometimes I feel inspired, or just mesmerized by life. But always, I want to know more. About what went on behind the scenes, how the photographer got the shot, what drove them to risk so much for a single photo. Well this year, I got all the answers. My dear friend Carly who’s in charge of the content online for World Press Photo asked me to help edit the interviews of the contest winners to be published on the site. I got to spend my days making short videos and hearing about the motivation behind these photographers. It hardly felt like work. The interviews are up now so you can learn about the photographers too. Here’s a selection of my favorite photos but I definitely recommend going to the exhibition if you’re in Amsterdam. It also travels around the world if you live elsewhere.
Saving the Desperate Bride by Li Yang
Japan’s Nuclear Refugees by David Guttenfelder
Child Brides by Stephanie Sinclair
Another Queen’s Day weekend success! The entire weekend was a blur of Scots, reunions, dancing and alcohol. There was a bbq, a 5 am call for traditional Scottish dancing in the living room, a birthday, and friends getting lost in Amsterdam and reunited again. Wouldn’t have changed a thing.
We started with a Queen’s night bbq bash.
A totally normal way to react when the sun is out in Holland.
“When a puppet is good and true and meaningful, its the soul of the puppeteer that you’re seeing.”
This documentary made me so happy!
I just had the most ridiculous and fun weekend celebrating Queen’s Day with great friends. I’m sad it’s over but now it’s time to relax and detox. Back to painting bathtubs while listening to The Hunger Games audio books.
Yesss, Queen’s day is coming in a few days. We’re having 14 guests, all from Scotland or England. Its’ going to be a British Invasion in orange. If it was anything like last year, I’ll be happy. Can’t wait!