Just a quick note to let you know that I’m on vacation this week–and probably away from the computer–and though I’m going to do my very best to stay on top of things here, I can’t make any guarantees.

Normal posting will resume next week.

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Snapshot 2 | 10 Things for 22 June 2014

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Grayscale

Currently…

1. making… ice cream. No recipes yet (I’m just getting the hang of things), but I have ideas. Oh, I have ideas.
2. watching… Ripper Street series two
3. finishing… my 2014 Summer Road Trip playlist
4. backing… the Lomo’Instant Camera – a gorgeous and creative Instax-compatible camera system.
5. drinking… strong iced coffee
6. letting… Ruth Chang’s TED talk sink in.
7. wondering… when it’s going to start to feel like summer
8. searching… for the perfect camera bag
9. bookmarking… One Woman Shop
10. loving… black & white photography. You might have noticed.

Dorothy Hill by Lee Miller, 1933 | Inspired

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In film photography, exposing a print to bright light during development causes a partial inversion of light and dark values, and frequently produces a dark line where areas of light and shadow meet. The process, known as solarization or the Sabattier effect, was discovered (or invented) many times during the 19th century, but it was perfected by Man Ray and Lee Miller, who both took advantage of the dreamlike quality of solarized photos.

Solarized portrait of Dorothy Hill by Lee Miller, 1933 | reghanskerry.com

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Snapshot 1 | 10 Things for 8 June 2014

Personal

7 June 2014 - Lady's Slippers

Currently…

1. reading… Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
2. organizing… three years worth of photos
3. thinking about… how my wardrobe needs an overhaul
4. working… on the balcony garden
5. studying… the French that didn’t stick in school
6. watching… season 4 of The Wire (I came to it late, and now I ration it out slowly, knowing how little there is), and season 2 of Orphan Black.
7. feeling… strangely optimistic
8. obsessing over… paint chips
9. making… vacation plans
10. finding… time


Photo by Reghan Skerry

Simplify

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The weeks leading up to the move were fantastic. Partly just because I was moving (I’d wanted out of that particular apartment from the day I moved in). But the big thing, the thing that I was most aware of, was that it was an opportunity to get rid of stuff.

Every box I packed made me feel a little better. Every garbage or recycling bag filled. Every trip to donate a bag of clothes or a box of tchotchkes. Even before the actual move, just the act of getting things out of my sight, clearing the slate, made me feel amazing.

Of course, I still have too much stuff. It was painfully obvious (literally) during the actual move, but only really sunk in in the days after, as I started to unpack and tried to find places for everything to go. I came close to tears, cursing whoever had designed the kitchen cabinets. The tension that had faded a little more every time I taped up another box of books was slowly creeping back.

I call myself a minimalist, but it’s usually with a certain amount of irony—an aesthetic ideal that I’ve never really hoped to reach. If you’ve ever glanced at my ‘interiors’ board on Pinterest you know I’m obsessed with pristine white rooms, but that was the extent of it. It wasn’t really a philosophy. But as I started to unpack and settle into the new place, I started to realize that I really am happier when I’m not surrounded by so much stuff.

(This is actually one of the reasons it’s taken me so long to get back to writing here: the office has been a bit of a catch-all while the rest of the apartment is put in order, and I couldn’t stand being in there until recently. It’s still not great, but I can deal with it now. More on the other reasons in a moment.)

So, that’s my project for the next few months: paring things down even further, figuring out what I actually need and what I just think I need, and how to make the rest of it feel less oppressive. Finding the perfect shade of white paint, because builder’s beige makes me sad.

I’m starting here.

First of all, if you’re reading this on the actual site (instead of a newsreader), you’ve noticed the overhaul. I know how soon it seems—the site’s only been up for a couple of months. But the old design didn’t work with what I want to do with the site (which has become clearer in the last few weeks), and it really didn’t work with how visitors were using the site. So, for now, I’m bringing things back to a more traditional blog format; it’s not a permanent solution, but it’ll do for now, and it will lead nicely into what I want to do later.

Second, I’m changing my posting schedule. ‘What posting schedule?’ you ask. There was one planned, but it was both overambitious and unfocussed, and I should have known that there was no way I’d be able to keep up with it. In the last couple of weeks, I’ve refined my plans, and I’m fully confident that you’ll be seeing new posts a few times a week.

I’m still sorting things out—here and in the apartment—and you’ll have to forgive me any strangeness that occurs while I figure out exactly what’s going on.