Blue jeans, white shirt,
Walked into the room you know you made my eyes burn.
It was like James Dean, for sure.
I will love you till the end of time.
I would wait a million years…
Promise you’ll remember that you’re mine.
[Lana Del Rey, Blue Jeans]
Leica M9-P | Summilux 50mm 1.4
I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realizes an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don’t have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.
Tuscany, Italy. 2013.
I was organizing my film archives recently and stumbled upon a few rolls that I shot in Italy with the Contax Aria. I had never paid any attention to them because I was shooting my Contax 645 more at the time. I still prefer the look of medium format over 35mm (especially in color), but I liked how these came out and decided to share them. I also had a funny realization, I seem to be smitten with scooters and chairs.
Italy will always have a very special place in my heart. It’s the first place that my husband and I traveled to together, the place where our penchant for travel photography was born, the place that charmed me and made me fall in love with Europe. It was the place where we were married and where so many wonderful memories were made. Apricot croissants and lattes. The best boat ride ever. Pizza with fresh basil and soft buffalo mozzarella. Picking figs. Long naps. A glass of wine by the pool on a summer night. My favorite pasta. Being with my best friend. Listening to crickets sing.
Letting the sun turn us as brown as the Tuscan landscape, and feeling that everything in the world was right.
Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Strive to be happy.
[Max Ehrmann, Desiderata. 1927.]
Nevada, Utah & California, USA. 2015.