:: Balloon ::
:: A glimpse of a new project ::
I have recently started a new portrait project. It’s too early to say a lot about it yet, but I can’t wait to start publishing the results. It’s been wonderful going into people’s homes over the last couple of weeks, discovering their treasures and chatting about life.
I feel very honoured to have the doors of such cool homes opened for me, and I’m really grateful to have met so many interesting people so far.
These photos were taken on one of these visits to gather material for the project. This pair of socks is over 100 years old, and belongs to a Bosnian guy. The socks were knitted by his great-grandmother.
:: A Day with my Grandpa ::
This is my beloved grandpa. He is 92 years old. This photo essay is part of a work I’m doing about his life.
:: Home-made yogurt ::
There is something extremely satisfying about making your own food from scratch (except for the mess in the kitchen, of course). For me, it’s rewarding be able to make at home something that I usually buy at the supermarket. Some recipes are surprisingly easy once you actually take a look at them. The experiment of this week was yogurt - Greek style. Rich & thick. With a little bit of maple syrup and fresh strawberry jam on the top, it was just perfect.
The secret for Greek style is to let the yogurt drain on cheese cloth or paper towel overnight - I used a coffee filter over a spaghetti strainer, but next time I’ll try the cheese cloth to compare results. You will see the liquid whey drip as the yogurt gains consistency. Apparently whey is very good for you, but I’m still not sure what to do with it.
:: The coolest cinema ::
The coolest cinema I’ve ever been to was the Kennedy School Theatre in Portland. It’s located in the Kennedy School Hotel, which was once an elementary school. The 1915 building still holds the atmosphere and items of a school, but was adapted in 1997 by the McMenamins brothers to become a hotel / pub / restaurant / brewery / cinema. The hotel was easily one of the most interesting places I’ve ever stayed.
The Kennedy School Theatre auditorium features real sofas of different colours & types, little side tables where you can rest your brewed-onsite beer & fresh pizza, while the lobby features movie posters drawn on a chalkboard by a local artist. The cinema itself features first and second-run movies, projected in crisp DCP (Digital Cinema Package). In fact, the movie Curtis & I watched was not something we would have chosen otherwise, but because we wanted so badly to experience the place (and we had free tickets as hotel guests), we put up with that evening’s offering. Not a daunting task, though, since we had incredibly delicious, fresh Portland beer & pizza in our hands.
:: At Stanley Park ::
This image was made as an experiment: I was attempting a stitching technique where you take several photos and mount them together with photoshop to create a much bigger and wider image. Technically it worked almost perfectly. I’m happy with the result. However, taking the photo itself was only the beginning of a lovely afternoon under the majestic trees of the Stanley Park.
:: New Year’s Day on the Canadian west coast ::
I’ve never really enjoyed new year’s until I moved to Canada. For me, going out on December 31st had always felt like a social obligation. If you were not really having an awesome time at a party, you might be extremely bored, lonely or depressed.
In Brazil, where I come from, January is a month of hot summer and school vacation, when people travel to the beach and enjoy being outdoors. It’s a very expansive time. In Canada, it’s winter - it snows, it rains, it’s dark and people stay indoors. It’s an introspective time. It provides the perfect atmosphere to spend New Year’s doing nothing in particular, but still enjoying the quiet moments.
I see the change of the calendar as an opportunity to reflect back on the old year and gather energy for the new one. I spent this New Year’s Eve happily quiet, writing my dreams on a piece of paper and praying for the blessings of the universe.