Through the Lens: photos from March

through the lens outtakes

March was an interesting month. I felt like I was in a holding pattern pretty consistently throughout, just waiting for someone to tell me how the rest of the year would pan out. I spent the majority of the month toiling over the site redesign, often getting so frustrated with code that I wouldn’t touch it for a couple days in a row. Did I mention I’m not a designer? There were times when I really wanted to give up. But then, I would figure out something as simple as getting the body text justified (to the left, to the right—see those smooooth edges?) and treat it as one of my life’s greatest victories—and then go back to lamenting over Google fonts and incompatible browser issues.

But, as you see, I figured it out for the most part! I’m scrappy like that. And it wasn’t all torture. As you can tell from the photos above and below, there were some fun parts about (re)branding this here space. All the new photos of me you see around the blog were taken by John, whom I corralled into acting as my professional photographer in an afternoon conveniently scheduled after a fresh haircut. (This had to be done properly.) Of course, there were outtakes. I don’t take myself too seriously.

outtakesAnd even though March was so busy that I almost kinda forgot to actually come up with new content ahead of time—as I’ve grown accustomed to doing—I didn’t forget to take pretty pictures. Due to my obsession with the new Nikon, it had been awhile since I took out the Minolta, so I decided to mix it up and do a little bit of film and digital—the best of which are featured in this month’s photo round-up:

by the water

portrait dramatic lighting

girl and dogThe two photos above are of my youngest sister, Elsbeth (11), who asked me to take some shots that would go in her fifth grade graduation slideshow. I was honored to do so, and Iris was elated to make a guest appearance.

Baltimore Normal's book store

Baltimore Normal's book store Baltimore Normal's book store Baltimore Normal's book storeNormal’s book store, pictured above, is a Baltimore landmark. John traded a bunch of books for a bunch more as I contemplated buying one of those cool dinosaur reads. I was happy to see my girl Patti Smith front and center in the vinyl collection.

Out-of-character (and out of morbid curiosity), we ventured downtown on Saint Patrick’s Day and shared a few drinks with my dad. I say “morbid curiosity” because holy crap, Baltimore gets sloppy. (But what American city doesn’t on such a revered cultural holiday… I mean excuse to get drunk?) Great for people-watching, though. Plus, I made friends with some drunk girls in the bathroom, which is just a thing us girls seem to do.

dog on Saint Patrick's Day Canton Saint Patrick's Day Baltimore rowhome Fells Point facade

Baltimore rowhomeThe door made of plywood on that rowhome doesn’t exactly sum up Baltimore, but it is so very Baltimore. And those crazy building facades, with nothing but sky behind the windows? I guess I missed the memo on that one. But good for Fells Point for preserving the history while they fix things up. Oh, and that’s the Virgin Mary in the background of the last shot, FYI.

Even though it was cold the last couple times we ventured downtown, I so wanted to explore more of the city streets and take tons of photos. The places that I think would make for some of the most interesting compositions are also, coincidentally, often the most dangerous parts of town, so I don’t take my chances. But the architecture, the mural art, the grit, and the faces all around the city are so photogenic. I can never leave my camera at home.

As yet another month races out the door, I readily embrace April. It probably won’t be any less hectic than March, but I’m hoping it will finally bring some warm weather around. In true spring cleaning fashion, I want to get busy paring down on all the crap I own. For such a tiny (and usually tidy) above-the-garage bedroom, I sure have a lot of unnecessary stuff in it. Hopefully a less cluttered home will make for a less cluttered mind, because I’m ready to get some freelancing biz going. What do you have going on in April?

Interweb Finds: One plastic beach, mailbox art & more

Happy Amateur Drinking Day! At least, that’s what Saint Patrick’s Day in Baltimore more closely resembles. Thursday was John’s birthday, so it was one long weekend of celebrating with food and drink: steak, salmon, rockfish, tacos, sangria, Guinness, and two cakes—one of which my was my first-ever attempt at a cheesecake (oreo to be precise)—were devoured. And it was delicious.

Too-tight pants aside, I’m still working on my site redesign and hope to reveal it in the next week or so. The only thing holding me up is Google fonts not rendering on Firefox. If any designers/coders know of a quick fix… holler at your (painfully white at the moment) girl. CSS has me cross-eyed.

So the links:

Watch this video and believe in soulmates. Richard and Judith are artists who collect plastic from a beach in Northern California… and create some pretty spectacular art.

The bloggers behind Note to Self and Pugly Pixel have great resource directories for all things design.

I love subscription-style gifts, and I’d like to give this one to myself. Papirmasse sends original art ranging in mediums directly to your mailbox every month. If only I had more wall space.

This Echo Park house tour features a super modern home with a lot of funky and personal touches to make it feel cozy. (Not to mention this chick’s clothes/shoes/jewelry collections are CRAZY.)

I’m in love with the sassy Ash Ambirge’s blog on her site, The Middle Finger Project. Her post about the importance of having heart got me all teary-eyed at work.

Really cool images and video of what sound can do to water. (John made a good point after watching this—imagine what must go on inside our bodies, which consist mostly of water, when we listen to music.)

A Republican senator changes his stance on gay marriage when he finds out his own son is gay. (If only it didn’t take his own son being gay to have empathy, but at least it’s a positive change.)

Hope y’all had a good weekend, and if you’re out celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day, be careful and don’t talk to strange leprechauns.