Roots.

I started this blog back in the summer of 2011 with a post about dreams. It's been three years, and along the way those dreams have turned into something much more tangible: roots. To feel so deeply rooted - to a place, to a goal, to the people I love and the life I am building - is at once stabilizing and freeing. In both a professional and personal sense, putting down all of the little bricks and puzzle pieces for this New York life of mine can be hard and often terrifying, but it has become the most real, most wonderful world I have ever known.

I have known that I wanted to be a photographer from the very moment I set foot here in New York for my first summer job - Dance Magazine's photography intern - in 2009. Over the years the idea of one day becoming a photographer has materialized as what I actually, actively, am. Keeping a blog and the opportunities it provided me - connecting with readers and being introduced to so many creative people - gave me such a wonderful sense of self as I transitioned from being new to the "real world" to where I am now. Recently, this blog has fallen by the wayside as my roots to everything else have deepened; the stronger these ties, the less I have relied on Champagne for Ducklings as my sounding board.

I therefore bid, after much thought, a fond farewell to this blog. As I pour my creative time and energy into my new photography business, I want to take a moment to thank everyone who has read and responded to this blog over the years; I will feel forever humbled and awed by all of your support and encouragement. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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P.S. To find my photography work these days:

You may check out my new website: ebbesweet.com

My photos are also on instagram as well as a new facebook page.

Photo Monday: More of France

From time to time I find myself leaving my camera at home and wandering around with just my iPhone - and so it goes that nearly every time I do this, I find something worth photographing and am left kicking myself for leaving my camera behind. Luckily, this past week I carried my camera around a lot; I never had that regretful, camera-less feeling and got a lot of photos I liked, instead.

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Happy Monday!

The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao

The Guggenheim Museum in Bibao is crazy cool - one of the most unique and wonderful museums I have ever seen. The architecture of the building itself is amazing, and so are the art installations outside the building - check out the flowered cat (those are all real flowers!) and the giant spider below! 

I love love loved the museum and can't wait to go back as soon as possible.

Thoughts on Brooklyn and Business

Thoughts:

I have been to the roof of the Met every week.

I compare Brooklyn to San Francisco pretty frequently; my neighborhood here especially reminds me of where I grew up. But last night there were fireflies dancing right outside my front door - something I have never seen in SF. It was a lovely sight.

In working towards this business launch I have realized that I am at my most indecisive when designing business cards. It took me eight weeks of thinking it over before I placed an order. I ordered two designs: one plain text on thick card stock for weddings, and one with this photo on the back for everything else:

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I can't wait to see and share them!

Photo Monday: My Happy Place

If I were to be asked to pick one favorite place in New York, I would choose the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Met roof has it all: beautiful city views, fresh air from Central Park, and a new art installation every summer.

The exhibit two years ago was called Cloud City and was unlike anything I had ever seen before: a massive structure made of metal and glass that both reflected and framed the cityscape and greenery. I visited on a weekly basis all summer long: early in the morning right after the museum opened, on weekend afternoons with friends, and even one Saturday evening on a date. 

This year's installation, Hedge Two-Way Mirror Walkabout, is pretty different from Cloud City but equally as beautiful and fascinating; it uses ivy and reflective glass to make the Manhattan skyline look like an expressionist painting. I have only visited once so far but plan on going back very soon - and highly recommend a visit to anyone in New York.

Happy Monday!