Okay, I think I'm finally here. I knew I was moving toward not being interested in "fashion blogging" and well here I am. You know--fast fashion, vanity, blahhhhh. I'm just bored of it. I guess I haven't been fashion blogging for a long time now, with all my travel posts lately. But I'm definitely excited to make this a full-on art/photography/travel/life blog. That doesn't mean no more fashion. But it does mean no more H&M and Zara. I'll feature brands I believe in if I think they are producing something awesome. I still love clothes and jewelry--well-made clothes and jewelry that is. I think clothing can absolutely be pieces of art and I have always believed in that. But I want to celebrate those things, not just post pictures of me in a dress I got from Forever 21. I want to focus on bettering my photography and spending time thinking about making art, not outfits to share. 

So with that, here are some photos I feel very strongly about. They are a series that took about 3 months to finish. I didn't really have much of a plan for them, they just feel very much like me. My boyfriend and I spent a long time discussing why we thought I style my photos the way I do and why I often obscure my models' faces and use veils. We came to the conclusion that I am very concerned with personal sexuality in that I believe in the beauty and power (sexual or otherwise) of women, but I like it to belong to them only. There is always some allure or draw to the women in my photographs, but their sexuality is blocked from or unavailable to the viewer. Basically, I am always trying to squash the male gaze while simultaneously encouraging female confidence and power. 

So, I don't know. This series just feels important and it feels like the direction I want to move in. That's a nice thing to know and work from.


parc del laberint d'horta

One of the coolest things we did in Barcelona (although all of Barcelona was fantastic) was visit the Parc del Laberint d'Horta. It is made up of a neoclassical maze which is both spooky and beautiful. The headless statues and weird overcast made the day even better. The park was built at the end of the 18th century and remains as one of Barcelona's oldest parks. It was used in a scene in Perfume: the Story of a Murderer, which is one of the weirdest movies I have seen. Very fitting for this exquisite place, though. 


Garrett Leight in Nerja

Who is the worst blogger? Me! It's me. I'm the worst.
School is a busy time, let me tell you. But I'm doing pretty well and excited about some projects so woohoo! October is my favorite time of all, but I still have so much to catch up on. I wanted to share a story I shot for Garrett Leight's blog in Nerja! It is here and here are a few more photos from Nerja.



I really don't know how to describe how beautiful Granada was. It was just perfect, honestly--if a little too hot for my taste. Highlights were: Alhambra, beautiful winding streets, getting drunk off wine and tapas, and watching Ian eat ice cream he dropped in the street. 



After a huge hike on our first full day in Interlaken, we were planning to do a light hike on our second day. Due to some unforeseen blister issues, there would be no hiking on this day. So we decided to take a bus out to Thun. Thun is pronounced like "toon." Don't make that mistake. The man at our hostel was stunned that we didn't know how to pronounce it. Thun turned out to be the most magical little town with a beautiful castle and church. There was also a festival going on while we were there, which was very funny because we got to observe all the Swiss youths in their punk glory. Also one of the coolest things were the surfers catching some sick waves in the canals that run through the town. At the end of the day, it started to thunder as we were finding our bus back to Interlaken. We got on the bus we thought we were supposed to be on only to be greeted by the meanest bus driver in the world who told us we have to get off because he wasn't going to our destination. He was the MEANEST. So then we trudged back to the train station, paid way too much for a ticket back and took an actually really awesome dark and stormy ride along the lake back to our tent village. What a day in Thun.


Just Passing Through: Jungfrau Region, Switzerland

This is my second set in my series of "Just Passing Through." My first set from Utah is here. This is a project to help me record the places I go. The places that totally stun me into non-words. The places that are much too big for me to fathom or photograph, but I figure I'll try anyways.  The places that exist and thrive completely without my being there. The places that make me feel small.

It took Ian and I a while to figure out where we wanted to go. We knew that he would be in Paris so I would join him for a bit of that. I demanded that we go to London for a weekend because I love it so much. But we had a return ticket from Paris to LAX scheduled for August 18th and no real idea of where to go after August 6th when Ian's program was over. We had to decide on a path. I had decided pretty early on that I wanted to go Spain, almost purely to see my favorite painting in Madrid. For a while we scrapped that and thought maybe Italy. Eventually it was decided that yes Spain would be happening, and perhaps Switzerland would too.  

The cutest (or lamest) part about this decision was that it was made basically because of Rick Steves. He did a segment on the Jungfrau Region of Switzerland and we got way too excited about it. Mostly the cows. I was worried for a while that there wouldn't be enough cows to live up to my expectations but wowee there were. Rick Steves did the rich-white-dude-who-wanders-Europe thing and stayed in all the cute B&B's and took the funiculars and gondolas up the mountains. We did the poor student thing and used our legs to get up the mountain (that's not to say I didn't do a lot of complaining about hiking. Also it was surprisingly hot in Switzerland and I get mad in the heat. But I think complaining is part of the experience, right??) Rick Steves did, however, have some great recommendations of where to go. 

We stayed at a tent village hostel in Interlaken. Interlaken is located between two lakes, Thun and Brienz. The town was much bigger than we thought and actually made for some very nice walks to and from the train station. I also had the best Thai food of my life there. From Interlaken we took the train up to Lauterbrunnen. Lauterbrunnen is where you can catch a gondola straight up the mountain, which connects you to a train that takes you to Mürren. But no, we walked up that mountain. It took about 3 hours. At this point we were just amazed at the places people lived in these mountains. There are entire villages on cliffs looking up to the gorgeous snowy peaks. We kept snapping pictures, only to find that we hadn't seen nothin yet.

From Mürren we walked down to Gimmelwald. Gimmelwald was exactly what I dreamed it would be. The small village is situated on a cliff overlooking a beautiful river. Across the gorge is the unreal mountain of Jungfrau, whose snowmelt made for the most gorgeous white lines along the rock face. If you stared long enough you could also see the little waterfalls feeding into the river a thousand feet below. The houses in Gimmelwald have the most perfect flowers and Swiss flags hung everywhere as well as cowbells much bigger than the ones that the very musical cows wear. 

From Gimmelwald we finally took a gondola down. We would have hiked it but we were running out of daylight, so onto the most terrifying ride we went. It was quite a shock to suddenly descend 100 feet into the valley below within like 3 minutes. Once on the valley floor, we had a 3 mile walk back to the train station in Lauterbrunnen. This walk followed a river full of all the snowmelt we had just seen. The views from the ground were almost as amazing as up high. You realize how huge the mountain range is when looking up at them. In Lauterbrunnen we came across a campground. They had a few restaurants and seemed to be putting on some performances. We decided to eat dinner there and it ended up being the perfect finish to an awesome day. We saw some ceremonial cowbell ringing as well as some awesome singing and dancing. It was quite a time.

So overall, one of the most magical days of my life. I will never forget the way all the cows sounds together, eating and making music.

You can see my whole series here.


yung leen

I've gotten rather burnt out on editing the photos from my trip so I am taking a break this weekend. It's FYF tomorrow which both sounds like a lot to do and very fun because heyoooo Kanye is playing now. Today I went to Kathleen's house and I took some quick photos of her. The way I edited these reminds me of how I edited things in like 8th grade when I first started to photoshop and just inverted all the colors in every photo because I thought it was edgy. Very silly and definitely not professional, but I think it fits the photos. Kathleen is just 2 cute and it was a fun day.

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