October 20, 2016

Huffington Post: "My Wedding Gown Still Fits 25 Years Later (Go Figure!)

                                                                                                      Palmer Davis Photography

                                                                                                       Palmer Davis Photography

                                                                                                        Palmer Davis Photography

Don’t hate me, but my wedding gown from 25 years ago still fits. We were even able to fasten the 31 handmade satin-covered buttons down the back. (And I say “we” because it took two people — my beloved and me ) . . .  
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                                                                                                        Palmer Davis Photography 

October 18, 2016

American Red Cross Smoke Alarm Blitz

It was a great distraction from the election to do something for an under-privileged neighboring community at risk for home fires. As part of the American Red Cross Smoke Alarm blitz, my dear friend and I distributed flyers and door tags to let people know that the AMRC will be coming around on Saturday to distribute free smoke alarms. 

What a good feeling to know that perhaps this small effort will have saved a life in the future.
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click here for more inspiration on how you can help.

Here are some of the stats:

Each year, the Red Cross responds to nearly 66,000 disasters, the vast majority of which are home fires. 

On average:

  • 7 people die every day from a home fire
  • 36 people suffer injuries as a result of home fires every day
  • Over $7 billion in property damage occurs every year

Can your family escape in just 2 minutes? Here are 2 simple steps:
  • Practice your 2-minute drill. Make sure your family can safely escape in 2 minutes.
  • It's almost day-light savings time.  Check the batteries in your smoke alarms.

Regardless of what one of the presidential candidates says, America is already great. Volunteer in your community -- if only an hour a month -- to contribute to making our country even greater.

October 14, 2016

Artsy.net -- Review of "Svala's Saga" at The Lionheart Gallery

A Photographically Dreamlike Sequence: 

"Svala's Saga"

By Bonni Brodnick
Lookout, Emma Powell + Kristen Hoving

In this stunning photographic and fantastical narrative, Svala’s Saga captures the world on the precipice of extermination. Through the hybrid process of platinum palladium over a digital under-print similar to watercolor, one is swept into a dreamy, chronological fairy tale that relates something profound: the pressing environmental curse of species’ extinction. The surreal and dreamlike plot is about a young woman (Svala) and her discovery that all of the birds are gone. Rather than be overwhelmed by the certitude of the earth’s demise, the viewer joins Svala on her dream-like quest.
As we experience Svala’s journey through the wilderness in search for the last remaining eggs, we see her climbing ledges of volcanic flows, standing on the crests of mountainous impasses, at the edge of a crevasse, or atop a glacier. Svala’s small character provides a visual reward when we look closer at the vast landscapes in which she poses.
The archetypical motif of Svala’s quest suggests that a lone individual can make a difference towards change through perseverance and determination. The images take a softer tone as we see the last rescued eggs nested in the character’s tresses. The success of her journey is illustrated in the final images of Svala caressing a bird. 

Hope, Emma Powell + Kristen Hoving
Final Heartbeat, Emma Powell + Kristen Hoving
Svala’s Saga is a mother/daughter collaboration between photographers Kirsten Hoving and Emma Powell. Although  they have worked on informal art projects in the past, they were inspired to create the Svala series after two trips to Iceland. The otherworldly imagery the artists formulated through their joint-vision examines nature's demise. Rather than relying on the shocking images of oil spills, Hoving and Powell seek an alternative medium in which to comment on our environment.

“Doing this project together has been a wonderful thing to share,” said Hoving at an opening at The Lionheart Gallery in Pound Ridge, New York. “When my daughter and I shoot, it’s as if we have telepathy.” While creating a pose, Powell spoke about how she and her mother developed a shorthand. “For example, when I’m standing on a dramatic basalt rock formation, from a distance my mother will give hand signals that mean I should lift my gaze. We communicate so that we can get the shot we need.”
Flight, Emma Powell + Kristen Hoving
Hoving and Powell love the combination of photography, landscape and dreams. Their connective and magical narrative illustrates the tension between mankind and Mother Nature. The photographic balance of vulnerability and fantasy is achieved through a black and white starkness softened by the addition of digital pigment. In the last images of the narrative, this unique combination lends to the storytelling progression. The powerful images encourage the viewer to consider how we fit into our landscape and how we, too, can make an impact. We are also left with a glimmer of hope that Svala’s pursuit to rescue the extinction of a species and save the environment is, indeed, an attainable reality. 

Click here for review on Artsy.net

Emma Powell, Kristen Hoving, Svala's Saga, The Lionheart Gallery, Artsy.net

October 13, 2016

It's "National No Bra Day" ...

Set those girls free!

Click here for my Huffington Post,
"National No Bra Day: Celebrate Without Restraint

October 11, 2016

Mrs. Trump: Fashion to Fit the Occasion

Many thanks to Malaria for her appropriate fashion statement at the 2nd debate on Sunday.

The pink "Pussy-bow silk crepe de chine shirt" by Gucci was a distraction (NOT) from her husband's earlier spew on a hot mic about grabbing women "by the p*ssy."  

We would also like to congratulate the stylist for selecting a shirt whose moniker couldn't have been more perfect for Mrs. Trump's first television appearance since the newsbreak at midnight on Friday.

September 30, 2016

Go LAY Somewhere Else

Set the scene: 
I'm in a small theater for a screening and a woman comes in, takes the seat next to me, and whips out a bag of potato chips. The theater goes dark. She futzes around with the bag, yanking it until it opens. (Wait ... there's more.) When her fight with the bag is finally over, she "delicately" eats each potato chip. One. By. One. The sound of her chewing was unbearable. I felt like SCREAMING, "If you're going to eat that crap, go outside the theater where you don't have to be quiet." (But I didn't.)

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