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I love New York. While I was looking through my images, I was kind of surprised with these three; it's pretty much the same image taken at different times of the day.  I love how it's Soho through the afternoon, sunset and nighttime.  It has a sort of simplicity and overlooked detail that I search out for when I'm photographing.

I actually find in a lot of my travel photography that some of my images from different cities and different times look similar.  I love that over time, even though I've grown in my skills and my voice, that I'm still consistent with my vision for my photography.  Time has been good to me, but I still remain the same person. woot.

august adventure 23: british invasion

Dance of a Nomad: Day 8, New York, New York Karen, the oldest sibling that she is, sent Katy and me activities to do in the city before we even arrived.  When Katy left, it seemed that everyday I would wake up with a fresh email from Karen, listing suggestions of coffee shops or fun activities in the city.  On this day  "David Gray" jumped out at me from her email.  Ever since I watched "Crazy Beautiful" and heard "This Year's Love", I fell in love with David Gray.  His raspy voice, his british accent, his rough around the edges look.... I loved it all.

Karen clued me in on the finer details.  He would be playing songs from his newest cd at the Apple Store in Soho; he would then be followed by a short talk by Emma Thompson and Maggie Gyllenhaal concerning their new movie, "Nanny McPhee Returns".  I was delighted.

Somehow missing the rain... I found my way to Karen as she waited patiently outside the store for me.  I bounced up the stairs in anticipation, and snuggled myself into a nook behind the last row of chairs.  David Gray is indeed amazing... and surprising a bit quirky (and you know I love quirks).  His soulful songs and his passionate musician ship brought me to a place where I imagined I was laying on a blanket with a boy I loved somewhere in a sunny meadow, feeding each other frozen grapes.  Cheezy... I know.... but hey, that's what I love about his songs.  passion and love.  The best things of life!  The song, "Kathleen", was amazing as well as "When I was in Your Heart" in a new acoustic version on his latest CD, Foundling.  (I immediately bought "Kathleen" and continued to play it on the rest of my flights during this trip. )  After his set he retreated to his backstage hideaway, but soon return upon hearing the growing applause from the crowd.  He returned to play my favorite song.... "This Year's Love".

Karen and I queued up for the Nanny McPhee Return talk.  We got prime seats in the second row, this time around.  Maggie Gyllenhaal is such a classic beauty. She is composed, gorgeous and much like a woman from the turn of the century.  Emma Thompson was great.  She was hilarious, entertaining, real and quirky... which, as I mentioned before, I love.

I thoroughly enjoyed this live music, lecture talk combo.  All thanks, to Karen!

Day 231: Madewell is Made Well. I think.

[ Another New York Trip ]: Day 4 Alison introduced me to Madewell. Unfortunately, It didn't sink in when I saw it in Texas, so I was grateful that we went in New York. Alison had told me that Madewell was a sister to J.Crew. Naturally, my love for J.Crew was transfered to its sister, Madewell. The store was interestingly designed with a DJ booth on end of the second floor and a little cottage on the opposite end. The choice of clothes was great, especially the lovely old man sweater with the elbow patches that I love. Alice, Katy, Alison and I all found goodies in their reasonably priced sale section and took it upon ourselves to try on the clothes on the sales floor in front of the mirror.

We each came away with some lovely pieces!

Day 230: Rain

[ Another New York Trip ]: Day 4 There was only one other time I visited New York when it rained, and even then it only rained for one day. I was wearing flats and a coat and using an umbrella. That day my friend took me to the Brooklyn Brewery all the way out on Long Island, almost to Montauk. It's windy and crowded in New York, so that umbrella was pretty much useless.

When I knew it would rain on this trip with Katy, Alison and Alice, I purposely chose not to bring an umbrella. To my demise, it was pouring and I was wearing a sweater.. not a coat. I think if I was wearing the cap and coat I brought, specifically for the rain, I would have been better off. I love the rain anyway, so walking around in it wasn't so bad. Besides, the foot massage we had at the end of the day was really well worth the day of rain.