It’s been a really long time, but I have another installment of the Mixed Race Project up. I met Rebecca and Joon’s family in Seattle last summer (I know, such a long time ago), and I’m excited to bring you their story. This will most likely be the last family featured in the Mixed Race Project. I had intentions of visiting and shooting a few more families in the NY area in the Fall, but work has completely consumed my schedule. I even met with a literary agent over the summer who was very interested in pitching the project in book format to publishers, but I couldn’t figure out how to make the extensive travel schedule that it required fit into our lives right now.
I want to thank all of the families who contacted me and participated in the project. Many of them were blog readers and I really appreciate that they put their trust in me by welcoming me into their homes and allowing us a peek into their lives. I met so many wonderful families in the process. Since I’m always searching for personal projects to take on (because who needs sleep, right?), I’ve decided to end the Mixed Race Project for now. I want to move on, work on different things. There is never a shortage of ideas, but always a shortage of time…
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I’m a bit late on everything this year, but I’m finally happy with the way the NYC calendar turned out and it’s available for sale now. Find it on our website and on Etsy.
Speaking of NYC, it’s election day and we’ll be getting a new mayor today. The democratic candidate who lives in our Brooklyn neighborhood actually, is most likely to win. I don’t know how any other New Yorkers feel, but I think it’s so strange that we’re getting a new mayor today. I’m pretty sure I felt that way when Bloomberg replaced Giuliani in 2002, but it’s not often we get a new mayor here in the city; there’s only been five in the last 40 years.
Say what you will about Bloomberg and some of his more crazy proposals like his big ounce soda ban (which I was amused by and secretly hoped would pass just because I was curious to see if it could), but the guy worked for free for the last 12 years. I mean sure, he’s a multi billionaire and doesn’t need the salary, but you gotta have big love for this crazy city if you’re willing to do an often thankless job for basically nothing in return except for a legacy and a part in NYC history. I didn’t always agree with some of his policies but I did appreciate how he tried to raise the quality of life here in NY with smoking bans in public places, bike lanes, car free plazas, and recycling among other things (oh, I know he tried to get composting going here in the city this year, but that is a huge effort considering just how big the city is). Is NYC a better place to live than it was 15 or 20 years ago? There’s always going to be a debate on that one and with a city this big, you’ll always get polarized opinions from its citizens, but personally, despite or aside from the fact that the city has gotten more expensive to live in, I would say generally yes.
I think us old time New Yorkers like to romanticise the old days of New York and see the graffiti covered, gritty and seedy New York of our childhood with rose colored glasses of nostalgia. But that New York, despite how much we “pine” for the old days before gentrification took over and before the last two mayors turned NYC into a Disney-fied version of itself, was not really fun at all. It definitely had more character and flavor and we didn’t know anything else at the time, but hindsight makes us look back and see how far the city has come, for good (and bad).
Mayor Bloomberg, I will miss your calm inducing sweater ensembles during your televised press conferences to the people of NY during times of crises like the hurricane. It’ll be weird, for awhile, to hear someone else’s voice and see another figure up on that podium when we tune in for press conferences. It’s a new era.
PS. The New York Times did this fantastic interactive piece a few months ago on how Bloomberg reshaped the city over 12 years. It focuses only on the topology of the city, but very interesting nonetheless.
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Had a rare free day from work commitments yesterday so I took care of W&S business that’s been hanging over me since the holiday rush is now basically a little over a month away. Reordered product labels, took stock of inventory and finally listed the 2014 Year in Food Calendar. A little late this year, but here it is. Available in our Etsy shop and on our website.
I get asked quite often where I get my calendars printed. I print them in-house, trim the pages one by one with an exacto knife, collate the pages together with a bellyband, then slip each one inside a cello sleeve. Pretty sure I do a lot of things like this in the least efficient and most time consuming way possible. But hey, at least you know it’s handmade.
Last year when I held my fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy relief through my NYC calendars , I literally spent the whole month of November printing, trimming and and running to the photo store – sometimes twice a week – for emergency ink and paper runs, in addition to ordering supplies online. It was pretty maddening. It got to the point where the paper guy at Adorama would see me coming and just hand me the boxes of paper that he had in stock (although I could only carry 5 boxes out with me at a time because of my back issues). At one point in January both Adorama and B&H Photo started limiting the boxes of paper that you could order online and then it went out of stock completely. I’m pretty convinced that 98% of the reason why that happened was because of me.
And oh yes…NYC calendars…I’m trying to get it together…I don’t know…we’ll see…
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Sometimes you see the most incredible sunset developing that it compels you to pull over from driving and watch the whole scene unfold, from the first bands of color to the point where the whole sky turns to fire, and finally – till it dies down to darkness until the only thing left is the lights from the city skyline.
Bye New York. See you in September.
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I love taking photos of fireworks (I’m tempted to print these big). As long as the Macys Fireworks show stays on the Hudson River, we’ll continue to watch the fireworks that my mom’s town puts on in Long Island. Less crowds and we get to be right under them up close (but not too close. We learned our lesson last year when it was a little scary as embers rained down on us for most of the show).
Speaking of the Macys show, if it continues to stay on the Hudson River as it has been for the past 5 years, maybe Brooklyn needs to initiate a Kickstarter to have our own fireworks show over the East River again. We can all pitch in a few bucks.
Hope you all had a great holiday weekend. We had a mini vacation and came back to Brooklyn late afternoon to a brownout and firetruck commotion on our street. Heatwave in the city! We’re in the dog days of summer now…
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