occhi chiari, cuori pieni

I caught a train to Florence from Milan and spent the week with my friend, Marco. 

Marco co-owns a restaurant with his brother in Santo Spirito called Italian Tapas.  If you have a chance to go to Florence, definitely make sure to check it out – not only is the space gorgeous, but the food is delicious, and the employees are amazing! It is hands down my favorite place in all of Florence, simply because of because of how warm and welcoming it feels as soon as you step inside the restaurant. 

Last time I was in Florence, I took things as they came and did not plan too much. This time, I intended to the same, but I signed up for a few art classes. I also signed up for my first AirBnB Experience and took a photo walk with Italian photographer Davide Mandolini. You can view my mini photo series from that walk here

Below are two images from Piazzale Michelangelo, which provides a panoramic view of the city. It is also a really great space for watching people take selfies. 

This trip was drastically different than my first, but it was just as enlightening. I learned so much about myself, the city of Florence, and discovered new ways to create (in three different mediums!).

Though my Italian is still fairly limited, this phrase perfectly summarizes my experience: occhi chiari, cuori pieni, non può perdere. 

Winter Blues (And Purples)

On my redeye flight to Olso from JFK, I couldn’t sleep. 

For seven hours. And I never have problems sleeping, especially when on planes. 

While I was excited to see my friends in Europe, I was worried that the feelings I was running away from would catch up with me.  

I arrived shortly before noon, with only a handful of hours of daylight to spare. After a quick refresh and debrief on all things Kardashian, we ventured out into the city, stopping only for (really good) food and coffee. We went to the Vigelandsparken, which is a strange, yet beautiful sculpture park. There were many highlights, but the one I’ll focus on is pictured below.

Now, this isn’t some obscure piece that I happened to stumble upon; this piece is one of the main attractions of the park, which I had no idea about before going to the park. 

I had traveled thousands of miles to free myself of this perception that I had been suppressing to only find it embodied in statue form. A little-angry-baby. Incapable of doing anything to change how I felt and frustrated by as much. While I am very much aware that that isn’t actually true to my reality, it didn’t make the feelings I had any less real for me.

 Though my trip to Norway was only 23 hours, visiting with Natta and Gabbi was a figurative and literal breath of fresh air; while flying out of Olso to Milan, I was finally able to catch my breath. 

Connecting with Artists via Treble.fm

Last January, I was introduced to Treble.fm by my friend Alisha Roney, who is in the band Cherubim (fka Feathers + Eyes). Her band was performing at the first showcase (pre-launch) and I wanted to check them out. I was also trying to excite the music photographer I used to be, so I showed up dolo with my camera in tow. 

I left the event completely energized by the people that I had met, but also by the music that I had heard. At that point in my New York existence, I was 4 years in and hadn't felt the music-community vibe since I left Seattle. It was hella revitalizing. You can read a recap of that night and see my photos from the showcase here.

The Treble.fm app launched this past August – it is a mobile interface that allows for you to connect with creatives all over the world. The idea sounds grandiose but in action, it's really quite simple. Let's say you are a singer who is looking for a songwriter or a drummer who is looking to pick up a couple of gigs with a band; you can post something specific on the bulletin board or you can use the app to search for potential opportunities. These opportunities are visible to all users but are also segmented into categories depending on the subject. 

Mid-September, I posted a listing. I was looking to update my site with some new faces and offered sessions to creatives free of charge. After I drummed up enough interest, I booked a photo studio with Peerspace and gave 30 minutes to whoever responded to the listing with their e-mail address. There was no pre-screening process, I wanted to go into this blind to see who I would meet.

Out of the five that confirmed, three came thru for their session. Mike Vivanco, Goods Wrapper, and Melody Sohayegh. Though each person was photographed in the same spaces in the studio, they naturally brought their own vibe. It was a challenge to try and capture the essence of each person who I had met maybe 3 or 5 minutes before, but in the end, I am happy with what I shot. Below are some of my favorites.

Overall the experience was super gratifying; I got to connect with new artists and got some great photos. I would for sure do it again! Perhaps sooner than later.

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