Image of the Month: Flower Covered Windmill

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It's been a couple of months since I created an Image of the Month blog post.

I was married in May, and needless to say it has been busy!

I’m resuming this June with this Holga photograph of an old windmill in Barbados. This photo is part of a colorful series I made in April while visiting with my aunt and uncle. On my daily walks through their neighborhood, in their garden, and during visits to the Barbadian countryside visiting chattel houses, windmills and cane fields, I closely documented what seemed to be really unique to me in this tropical, romantic paradise.

This flower covered windmill, with blooms that last only two days per year, happened to be in bloom on the day that I visited it! This creeping vine called Cat's Claw Whisk is commonly named Shower of Gold because its golden blooms that shower whatever it grows on with gold once a year. In Barbados it grows like crazy. It is especially drawn to old windmills, wrapping its loving vines around them, and bursting into bright yellow bloom for just a couple of days.

For more images from my trip to Barbados you may look at these previous blog posts

You may also see more of my travel photography under places on my Food and Art website.

April in Barbados – Part II

I spent part of April in Barbados before my big day! (I got married in May 2011.) Here are some pictures from my visit with my Aunt Debbie and Uncle Geoff, the chattel houses I visited, and the Barbadian flora and fauna I saw. I never tire of it.

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My aunt has the most amazing interest and knowledge of horticulture. The above plants include: Desert Rose, White Petrea, Pink Bougainvillea, Sedum Succulents and Shower of Gold – the yellow flower growing up the windmill.

This post also features my Aunt’s biscotti (mandlebrot) from her baked goods company: Crumbs Homemade  which we snacked on at Faraway cottage on one of our road trips!

April in Barbados

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In April I went to Barbados for a little R&R, to settle my wedding planning nerves and to see my Auntie Debbie and Uncle Geoff who live there. While I was there I photographed inside an old chattel house, saw an old windmill coated in yellow flowers which bloom on one day only per year, and photographed in my aunt and uncle's garden.

PDN Top Knots Winner!

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I’m excited to share that I have a photograph in PDN‘s wedding issue! My photograph of Gopi’s bouquet was selected with eight other talented photographers in the details & interiors category in the eighth annual Top Knots contest.

I love Annika’s cake picture next to mine too. Unfortunately my scanner isn’t big enough for the PDN issue, and so  it cut off her credit :(

{To see the rest of the images from the contest feel free to take a look online or in the May 2011 magazine issue of PDN.}

Savoring the Hamptons Cookbook

Savoring the Hamptons cookbook is a culinary celebration of this unique region. The book is divided by season to highlight the variety of elements and characteristically rugged charm of the Hamptons. The ensemble of more than 250 recipes is accompanied by stories and photographs of local wineries, farmers, fisherman, artisans, and restaurateurs to create a Hamptons mosaic. From Starr Boggs in Westhampton Beach and Mecox Bay Dairy in Bridgehampton to Wolffer Estates in Sagaonack and Quail Hill Organic Farm in Amagansett, this is the definitive cookbook of the Hamptons. There are more than 60 stunning full-color food photographs and scenery shots throughout.

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I’m thrilled to announce the cookbook I worked so hard on last year is being released on May 10th! Silvia Lehrer, the cookbook author and food columnist for Dan’s Papers, just notified me that the book is finally for sale. There are already advance copies being sold on Barnes and Noble as well as on Amazon, so please reserve your copy now!

Here is the Synopsis:

From the Publisher

The Hamptons possess an unmistakable and indisputable charm. The bounty of the farms and the character of each town in this string of villages have created a remarkable culinary culture among the sand dunes and lighthouses.

Savoring the Hamptons is a culinary celebration of this unique region. The book is divided by season to highlight the variety of elements and characteristically rugged charm of the Hamptons. The ensemble of more than 250 recipes is accompanied by stories and photographs of local wineries, farmers, fisherman, artisans, and restaurateurs to create a Hamptons mosaic. From Starr Boggs in Westhampton Beach and Mecox Bay Dairy in Bridgehampton to Wolffer Estates in Sagaonack and Quail Hill Organic Farm in Amagansett, this is the definitive cookbook of the Hamptons. There are more than 60 stunning full-color food photographs and scenery shots throughout.

So excited!

Image of the Month: Jade in Bridgehampton

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Happy Weekend!
I made this photo of Jade and her bouquet at her wedding at the Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club a few summers ago. For the recent New York Magazine Weddings Event, where I had a booth, I enlarged a print of it to 6 ft high, mounted it and placed it on an easel to display behind my table. So much fun.
The event was this week, and was a huge success! It was the first year I attended as a participant. Our table was super-busy, and I was told later that more than 1500 people were in attendance!
To see photos taken at the NY Mag Wedding Event feel free to look at the album on Facebook here.
For more from Jade and Chris’ wedding you may look at my previous Bridgehampton wedding blog post, or you may see more of my Hamptons weddings on my website under Hamptons.
Thank you for your continued interest and have a great weekend!
Karen

Karen Wise at New York Magazine Weddings Event

I’m really excited to present at this year’s New York Magazine Weddings Event! Please come visit my table. I will have many new albums, new portfolios, and a life size fine art print on an easel. I’m looking forward to meeting you or reconnecting with you.

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I’m really excited to be in this year’s New York Magazine Weddings Event! Please come visit my table. I will have many new albums, new portfolios, and a life size fine art print on an easel!

Get your tickets as soon as possible. The event is tomorrow, Weds, March 30th at the Metropolitan Pavilion.

I hope to see you there!

Karen

p.s. tickets can be purchased here:  http://nymag.com/weddingsevent

A Day’s Work: C-Prints on my Wall

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I had the pleasure of getting back in the color darkroom on Friday to print some 11×14's for the upcoming New York Magazine Weddings event on March 30th at the Metropolitan Pavilion.

I was using a new kind of paper, the Fuji Crystal Archive Type II as opposed to my favorite Super C which had been discontinued in 11×14 sheets, to my dismay. I do like the prints I made, even though they appear softer and less contrasty than they would have with the Super Type C.

Here are the 6 prints I made in the darkroom on Friday.

Patty & Joe in Montauk

I loved photographing Patty & Joe in Montauk. What a fun wedding and rehearsal dinner: casual and elegant, just like the sweet couple.

Patty and Joe’s daytime wedding took place at East by NorthEast. Their ceremony was set up out back overlooking Montauk’s Fort Pond. It was a gloriously sunny summer weekend. Their rehearsal dinner was also super fun, a delicious clam bake at Navy Beach. I enjoyed mixing up the mediums I used to document their wedding. I photographed with a Contax 645 film camera, a Mamiya RZ67 camera, a Holga and a Canon dslr!

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From the bride:

After we got engaged, we really had no clear idea of exactly what we wanted for our wedding – other than a fun party that wasn’t too formal – or even where we wanted to get married.  Eventually, we settled on Montauk, where we had spent the last two summers, and it couldn’t have worked out better. It became a destination wedding, of sorts, and we were able to enjoy the full weekend with our family and friends.  Best of all, Mother Nature cooperated completely, giving us a string of perfect 80 degree days in the middle of one of the hottest, most humid summers on record in the northeast.

Patty and Joe’s wedding was also featured on Style Me Pretty. Please feel free to take a look at it here!

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