iron work + greenery

Here's one little photo I tool while leaving my beloved Olga's. 



The perfect combination of my two favorite loves, iron work and nature.  


I think this one goes to the printer.
xo, kim



lines + shadows

I snapped this photo while coming from the basement. 



There is something simple and soothing about this photo. Somehow the colors are subtle yet drastic at the same time. And the subject is and isn't interesting. At least that is how I see it. 


happy wednesday!
xo, kim 


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metal!

Here's some fire escape and rusty metal love. These are all from the Utrecht parking lot on Wickenden Street. Isn't the turquoise sky just lovely?











Obviously this maker of shiny objects can't get enough of metal.


xo, kim

random providence signs...

...and stickers.



I love how stickered my city is. 
{By the way, there isn't a phone here. I was so hoping to find a pay phone.} 

I think I may put in more of an effort to take photos of stickered signs. Providence is rich in stickers, especially obey the giant stickers by Shepard Fairey, which makes me love this city more and more.

xo, kim



spring blooms!

Our near summer-like weather has come and gone. While it was here it brought blooms along with it.


















 My favorite are the muscari. 
Which spring blooms are your favorite?


happy tuesday!
xo, kim



indoor flowers

From the 'just because' sunflowers to my orchid I've been hoping to see bloom for over a year...





all the way to the short lived bloom on my strawberry plant, it looks like spring has sprung indoors. 

I also started a bunch of seeds which have begun to sprout. Expect some fantastic fire escape garden photos when summer comes. 
xo, kim



a touch of green

I was looking at some old photos and noticed they all had the color green in common. This made me realize that this Irish lass never wished you a Happy St. Patrick's Day. I hope you raised many good pints of Guinness in celebration and filled your bellies with Irish Soda Bread. 

radish art on a green trash can


fun shadows on my coffee table


my water glass full of sparkles
May the wind be always at your back and the sun shine warm upon your face.
xo, kim



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spring day stroll

Here's a little mix of spring skies, wrought iron, cement, telephone polls, brick and bulbs in bloom. 
Enjoy!




























These are from a little stroll I took on the East Side after a dentist appointment. After finding out I still don't have one single cavity this was another great part of my day. Enjoy some spring time strolls, the weather has been so kind to us.


happy weekend!
xo, kim



point street bridge

The other day I mentioned taking a walk to clear my head. Well, my walk extended to crossing the point street bridge. I've wanted to stroll across this bridge for, oh, fifteen years or so but just never got around to it. On Saturday I found myself with some time to spare with a hankering for a roll on one side of the bridge and an appointment for a haircut on the other. It seemed only natural to get my stroll on and to take my camera out.


















































I don't know what it is I find soothing about the sound of cars traveling over bridges, maybe it is the repetition of sound... If only I could remember how soothing this is when I have the mean reds. I am certain spending time here would turn the reds to blues in no time and bring on a sigh of relief. 

happy thursday!
xo, kim


the west side

On Saturday we took a west side stroll after getting breakfast as White Electric

They take their street art seriously.


This looks like album art, where's the band that should be sitting on the couch?


It's a bright little nook, I hope this isn't part of the movement to clean graffiti from our streets.


This is far more charming than an empty wall. Don't you think?


While this is less colorful, I am interested in the different materials these two buildings are made of.

happy wednesday!
xo, kim




spring bulb sightings!

On my usual stops weekend stops to get good rolls, bagels and coffee I came upon some bulbs in bloom.












Where did spring come from already? I've still been waiting for winter.

happy tuesday!
xo, kim




an overcast providence stroll

I got out to clear my head yesterday. Here are a few shots from the start of my journey. 

































Me, my camera and my city are always good therapy.

happy weekend, kim



texture!

I am attracted to texture. It instantly gets my mind thinking of how to create it in metal.
This photo of paint peeling makes me wonder if I could create this with enamel. The challenge would be to make a sound structure that appeared fragile so one could still wear it. Or is this best as a wall piece to be admired but not touched? Or maybe the erosion of such a piece would be more interesting than a sounds piece where the wearer plays the role of the elements?


I love the subtle shade of gold over the "patinated" brick. This could be easily created with reticulation but I think playing with hammers would be more fun and fulfilling. 


Somehow this peeling paint is completely different than the first photo. I like the way the first color is intact and revealed trough the crevices of the new coat. Maybe a form of champlevé could achieve this? Or adding a few layers of color, one atop the other and filing bits of the top coat away? I'd like to experiment.


Layering of metal in different shapes may make for a lovely basse-taille. I love playing with transparent enamels. I need to get back to my roots and fiddle with these techniques.


Brick holds a subtle texture but its layers and grout make is more interesting. Maybe I need to take a sheet of metal and hammer it over some brick. What do you think the results would be? Subtly beautiful and well captured under transparent enamels is how I see this working out.

happy making! 
if you try any of these out please share them here on my facebook page. I'd love to see your experiments in metal and color.

xo, kim

photo a day challenge : days 18-25

Here are my photo a day challenge photographs. 
Enjoy!
day 18 : drink
{my newest addiction, ginger teas}


day 19 : something I hate to do
{work in the cold, cold studio}


day 20 : handwriting
{a possible tattoo inspired from Banksy's graffiti}
day 21 : a fave photo of me part 1
{me + callie}


day 21 : a fave photo of me part 2
{me + phil}



day 22 : where I work part 1
{exterior)


day 22 : where I work part 2
{interior}


day 23 : my shoes
{newest addiction, chuck taylors}


day 24 : inside my bathroom cabinet
{a broken lock}


day 25 : green
{jasmine}
I told you there would be better montages here. This time around I enjoyed this challenge far more, I feel the results are better.
xo, kim

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narragansett electric {via hipstamatic}

These shots are nearly the same {content-wise} as the ones taken with my point and shoot camera. I hope you don't mind seeing them again, to me it provides a whole new perspective. 
Enjoy!

Colors get amped up...


..edges get a little softer..


..allowing your eye to focus on what I find important..


..arches and rectangles all in threes.


..rusted bones in a shell of a building..


..large pipes blending with grafitti..

..towers, bridges and stacks..


..the electric company which when seen from the highway lets me know I am home..


..the lovely curve of this bridge..


..the places this bridge gets me to and from..


..and the arches multiply..


..doesn't aqua and yellow look so good together in an over saturated exposure..


..as do rusted gates and graffiti..


..and crooked lamps against the jewel blue sky..


..it's seems i have a thing for weathered objects, this paint is beautiful.


i also captured a few things that caught my eye on my walk back downtown..


..like how well i matched the sidewalk..


..and this jazzy cock in a shop window..


..this entryway brought back memories of my father's shop on north main street in fall river, where entrances were full of tiled shop names and addresses. i miss those days..


..and the Providence Performing Arts Center always catches my eye. The bright lights on the front, the amazing details of the building, right down to the wrought iron morning glories gracing the windows.

i love this city!
xo, kim



pretty sky, stuck in traffic

Places I can be stuck in traffic: New York City {especially Times Square}, on my way to a fun adventure that I can be late for, Boston {in the city not highway}, leaving a concert or a Celtics game...
Places it drives me mad to be stuck in traffic: malls and specifically Wrentham Outlets.


I was grateful for such a dramatic sky and lots of naked trees to add some dark lines to the lovely blues...


...and rows of power lines to break up the landscape. 

Another thing I despise about being stuck in traffic is having your gas tank continually beeping because it is low and you are really just 73 seconds from a gas station but there are 92 cars in front of you. This is why I try to shop local and handmade. 

rant over.
back to the love.
happy thursday!
xo, kim
with extra hugs!

ps: I took these while hanging out of the sunroof of my beloved VW.

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citrus!

I never take well stacked fruit for granted. As a girl working in the florist of a supermarket for many years I saw the guys in produce carefully stacking apple after apple just for a child to put out the bottom fruit and cause the collapse of a perfectly sculpted apple pyramid resulting in the guy swearing under his breath.
I was beyond excited to see this box of citrus with leaves attached in complimentary color perfection. I boldly went ahead and choose a way too expensive fruit with a head full of leaves for my tasting pleasure. {and yes, photo taking pleasure too!}


I carefully placed my items on the conveyer belt, cold items together, fruit together, properly laid out for ease of bagging. When the cashier came to my beautiful citrus fruit with at least five leaves {a full head of hair!}, she plucked them off, looked at her handful of leaves in an irritated, disgusted manner before throwing those perfect leaves in the trash, tossed the fruit about looking for a price code then rolled it down the next conveyer belt to the bagger. My heart sank. I know my fruit just won't taste the same. And I am a virgin to this variety who's name escapes me.

I fought back so many naughty names, curses, and halted the foot stomping. Instead I hung my head and pushed my cart to my car. After spending years as a cashier I know damn well I would have offered a separate bag and a super safe place to keep such a prize. It would have been treated better than the eggs and bread. I'm pretty sure that woman's heart was frozen and her life sucked out of her. This happened Saturday, I am still bitter and my recovery outlook is not so good, foggy at best.

and happy day to you!
xo, kim


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texture!

One of my photo a day challenges gave texture as a theme. Once I submitted my photo for the day I realized my fascination with texture on telephone poles wasn't quite over.
In college hill they are mainly community boards. 


Remnants of nails, staples and posters are left behind, adding character to the wood.


In my Pawtucket studio grounds they are just weathered by the elements and painted.


Or on the east side, they get tagged, a rarity in these parts.


I can't be sure if it is the mix of materials, the earn to feel the texture knowing a splinter awaits, or just letting your imagination run wild wondering what had a home there. A sign for a beloved lost pet, an ad, a call for artists, artwork, a concert poster... What ever it was, it left it's mark.

happy wednesday!
xo, kim



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jewelry district {via hipstamatic}

Now that I have my hipstamatics to compare to my Lumix images, I realize I am far more in love with the hipstamatics. 
The film seems to draw out the colors that attract me.


And the lens softens the edges just enough.


Even the framing works for me.


I had some fun playing with new ways to capture fire escapes. 


I won't tire of them but I bet my readers will.


Hipstamatics have a way of adding some great color to sunlight. It makes the image so magical.


Maybe it is the metal I am attracted to...


This is easily one of my favorite shots from my jewelry district stroll.


Another favorite subject is capturing nature within the urban landscape.


The contrast is lovely.


And what I love most about living here.


Aside from the good croissants.


There's a perfect balance to the cold, hard brick and delicate branches.


I hope to visit here in the spring and summer to see what grows here.


But sometimes it is just as sweet to see the sky through the bare trees. 


Or the side of a building through bare vines.


New England is pretty amazing that way, we get to see nature in all its forms. 

Patinated metal!


A tree not completely naked, but I love seeing the sky through it's branches and pods.


Funny to find graffiti on a quaint little gate.


The same tree shadow I captured with my point and shoot, I may love this one more.


View of the electric company from the jewelry district.


I must admit, I am really starting to get a crush on this neighborhood. 

happy monday {again!}
xo, kim