Monday, November 8, 2010

I've been digging through photos from the cottage and I'm obsessed with pictures of the woods.  Also obsessed with: high contrast black and whites.

Somebody else into monochromatics right now?  Bryan Ferry, a Brooklyn-export, is a beautiful photographer and blogger now living in England.  He decided November would be the month to delve into all the wonders of black and white film photography.  His images are stunners, rich and nuanced in the way only a good old roll of Ilford can be.  I, however, am far too lazy and compulsive to shoot film anymore.  I need the instant gratification.  I spent years with my hands in chemicals, the acrid stench nearly forgotten, at photography school so I just can't get back into the romantic world of traditional photography.

I'm just not that nostalgic for it.

But his work really does it for me: It's documentary-style, his eyes roving all over the world.  I inadvertently posted one of his photos along with an entry celebrating JJJJound early this year, and Tim (another favourite: That's Just It Photo) led me to Bryan with his helpful photo-crediting.  Tim and Bryan are similar in style, raw and uncommercial, masters with light, the both of them.  Take a peak at their blogs.

Below, some foliage from the cottage in October.  I live for texture.

And, hey, why not a few more songs.  If you haven't spent any time with Lucinda Williams' 2007 album, West, you should snag the whole thing.  A deeply-personal reflection on (among other things) the death of her mother, it's no walk in the park, but it's gorgeous and rough and perfect.  Enjoy a mere taste with track six, "Unsuffer Me".

  1. Blank Pages - The Album Leaf
  2. Detective Daughter - Emily Haines
  3. Sister Winter - Sufjan Stevens
  4. Goodnight Laura - Spoon
  5. Knockin' on Heaven's Door - Antony & the Johnsons
  6. Unsuffer Me - Lucinda Williams
  7. Even So - Rachael Yamagata
  8. Gentle Threat - Gonzales
  9. Empty - Ray LaMontagne
10. The One With the Wurlitzer - American Football
11. Leaving for Paris No. 2 - Rufus Wainwright
12. Ce Charmant Coeur - Julie Doiron
13. The Way Things Are - Fiona Apple
14. Goodbye England (Covered in Snow) - Laura Marling
15. Save It - Jim Guthrie
16. Reading in Bed - Emily Haines
17. Naked as We Came - Iron and Wine
18. The Great Escape - Patrick Watson

Note: To keep the songs in this order (which you should do!) select all the files in the folder and then drag them into a New Playlist you've created in iTunes.  Also, listening to music through headphones is always better.  Always.


  1. How is it that even your non-food posts are delicious?

  2. jason, thanks a lot for the nice words here. much appreciated.

  3. Off to try me your November playlist - thanks!

  4. hey first time here... amazing site.. mind if i link you?