liars//the exact color of doubt
Today’s music monday is actually a video from Nowness.com of Stephanie Gilmore. This is not your normal surf video however. Set to a new track from the band Liars, this black and white footage portrays the softer side of surfing. Imagine holding your breath and letting the surf engulf you…that is what this song feels like.
Click me to watch the full video.
PS read the whole description of the shoot. Who knew Devendra Banhart could surf!?
[image from espn.com]
This next house isn’t necessarily a feat of architectural wonder. As the old adage says, it’s all about “location location location.” If you are an avid surfer, there is no place that you would rather be than Oahu’s North Shore, directly in front of one of the most famous breaks in the world…Pipeline. In 2007 Volcom expanded their stake of land here by purchasing a second house next door from their current single story dwelling. This three story, 3,000 square foot house had more appeal than just it’s fabulous location. It was built by none other than surfing legend Gerry Lopez in the 1970s and is probably one of the most iconic pieces of architecture in surfing history. Volcom’s compound now houses the luckiest of their team riders and crew. Just imagine waking up to this view every morning:
While the original house has a reputation for parties, “Gerry’s” house is more mellow and Volcom seems adamant about keeping the legacy of the home intact. Check out the video for a quick tour of the main house…and every surfer’s dream residence.
This house first caught my eye because of it’s precarious location, nestled in the rocky coastline. Reminiscent of our old buddy Frank Lloyd Wright, this house manages to blend in with it’s surroundings in a very new and modern way. I love the use of the stone, flanked by the bright white walls that really make this dwelling pop. Then there are the views! Night time shows off the city lights to one side of the bay, while the rocky coastline seems to be highlighted from every direction. I love a good beach house [obviously] but what bores me most is a window that looks out towards a flat ocean. While clearly an awesome view in comparison to rooftops and telephone polls…it can feel stale without some coastline for scale. [Think Big Sur vs the Outerbanks.] This house in Peru certainly doesn’t skimp on the surroundings. Cozy and modern at the same time, I could definitely see myself waking up here.
*images from architizer
This past week I went home for a baby shower and to show off my ever growing belly. I had seen several travel themed showers online and fell in love with this one. I set to work [with LOTS of help from mom] to create my own twist on this Precious Cargo party. I’ve never been a big fan of super girly baby showers where everyone plays games like “pin the sperm on the egg.” Seriously, this is a real product? Horrified, absolutely horrified. Instead I just wanted to get together with old friends that I haven’t seen in ages and have a good time. In fact the best part of the evening was discovering two new babies to be are joining the list of Baby Mauer’s new BFFs! All in all we had 5 pregnant bellies in attendance.
I wanted to make the travel theme specific to my husband and I. As a navy family we have had the chance to go a ton of cool places. The food for the evening consisted of snacks from all over the world. Some dishes represented places we have lived such as California and Hawaii. Others had a special meaning for our new arrival, like Tokyo…where I have never been, but was where my husband happened to be when he found out I was pregnant. My parents made banners out of old maps, there was a vintage model plane, and of course Paddington Bear to guide our travels. I am ashamed to say I took no good pictures of the evening. Although I guess that is a sign I was having a blast. Here are the invites and signage I designed for the party though. Hopefully they give you a feel for the shower. Thanks again to everyone that came to visit and help set up. This little baby is going to be one lucky dude with friends like you!
The other week I talked a little bit about getting back to basics with photography. There is so much technology out there, it is easy to get caught in the point and shoot routine without thinking through your process. On the other hand…there is so much technology out there that makes our lives so much easier! So if you aren’t ready to part with your DSLR just yet, no worries! Remember that just because everyone has a digital camera does not mean that all digital pictures have to look the same!
Case in point: Cheyne over at Firebird Photography. Seriously. These pictures are to die for. While the rest of us are using some Instagram filter to amp up our photos…Cheyne is the real deal. He is able to take his love of lomography and vintage cameras and bring it to the digital age. Focusing on everything from hair and wardrobe [he actually handpicks your outfit for you] to lighting and scenery, he perfectly orchestrates each picture. It just goes to show that a little effort and attention to detail can make the world of difference in your photos.
Two of my friends took pictures with Cheyne, and I got to see the process upclose. It was so refreshing to hear him talk about the simple things such as light editing. I know I am guilty of relying on the computer to do my dirty work instead of taking the time to correctly light the subject before snapping. No smoke and mirrors with Firebird though. In fact, he even hosts photoshop and lighting workshops in his loft where you can learn some of his tips and tricks. So if you are in the Hawaii (and sometimes CA) area, totally give them a call to set up a session or see when the next workshop will be.
My roomate from college [bless her heart] endured 5 years of living with two architects. This was not an easy task, and I commend her for her efforts. Yesterday she sent me a very funny link describing the downfalls of buying gifts for the architect in your life. Speckled with humor, this gift guide did have some real insight, however. So using “Matters of Taste’s” outline, I thought I would find some presents that the architect in me [and probably your loved one] would be stoked to receive.
Lululemon vinyasa scarf. I know what you are thinking. Clothes from a yoga company? When do architects have any time to workout? It’s cool though, not many people need a scarf for their downward dog. They also come in handy for keeping your neck warm at a chilly office. Sooo soft and awesome. Stick with black and grey, although if you are lucky enough to see the herringbone pattern at a store…buy it. Immediately.
I am going to butt heads with “matters of taste” here and say electronics are ok. As long as they are the low budget/vintage type. Yes, we probably all already have an iphone. Even the obligatory Nikon/Cannon for taking those high res black and white cityscapes. What we may not have is a fun toy camera that leaks light and lets us experiment with double exposures. You can never have too many of these fun little gadgets. Really anything from the lomography collection will do, but here are a few fun options.
Diana Baby. Tiny, purse sized version of the classic. Too cute.
Lomo Fisheye. Get a new perspective.
Spinner 360. Let lomo take care of those tricky panoramas for you. Just pull the string and hold.