Anonymous: "Candice on the floor" and the one directly above it are my favorites. I mostly use photoshop but I've noticed a bunch of people who edit their photos to look more analog use lightroom. Do you have a specific preference?

i used photoshop for years, but most recently i find myself using only lightroom, with presets i bought from various photographers online. saved me a lot of time/effort! but it’s a matter of preference and how much “manipulation” you want to apply to the image. VSCO Film is an amazing app to check out, highly recommend!

Anonymous: some photos on your flickr look film although they're digital. how do you do that? haha

photoshop and lightroom presets/filters! :p all about the post-process. if you let me know which photo you’re referring to and i’d be happy to tell you exactly what method i used.

The DIY camera scarf strap by Photojojo!, because “It’s chilly out there!”
I’m all for this.
No, I have not, this early on, forgotten about the young photoblog.
The last two weeks I reveled in my return to New York City for the holidays, with no laptop in hand, determined to spend as much time outside as possible - apart, of course, from the few days I decided to catch the flu - and boy, did I.
It almost, just almost, felt like I was home again.
I do feel the need to mention that the short span of Winter I caught was quite a delightful one. Thanks, Mother Nature. After last year’s "snowpocalypse"…I think it’s safe to say the lovely residents deserved it.
Here are some Christagrams (in no particular order) I’d like to share from the trip.
Inglewood Open Studios

On Sunday, November the 13th, I was invited by Ginger Van Hook, an instructor of mine at Otis College of Art & Design, to volunteer for the annual event she participates in, Inglewood Open Studios.

Inglewood Open Studios is a self-driving tour (with maps and free shuttle buses made available) where dozens of artists within the neighborhood open their studio doors to the public, showcasing art in all different forms: drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography, installation, performance, and etc.

Myself and a fellow volunteer, Gabby decided to tandem it up (she interviews; I shoot) and had the pleasure of meeting a number of artists, each of them inspiring in a crisp, unique way. Some have been creating for years, while others discovered their true passion of art later in life.

Every one these marvelously inventive spirits were happy to speak about their work, answer questions in depth, and willingly share knowledge – whether it be in regards to their personal background or what they would propose to aspiring artists to do, see, experience; anything benificial, to take the leap.

Overall, it was a truly eye-opening experience that I was delighted to be a part of; given the opportunity to meet wonderful, talented people; and document their fascinating, distinctive spaces.

It reminded me what is always true: Art is everywhere. Look around you, take a walk and see the colors - and it will be there, even where you least expect it - like the gritty, misinterpreted neighborhood of Inglewood, California.

xoxo, L