Sunday, December 26, 2010

100 posts


100 posts may not seem like a lot but it is the most posts I've had in 1 year since I started the blog!  I'm pretty excited - it was a bit of a scramble at the end there.  Another exciting Liz Lantz blog tidbit is that I almost have 100 followers...when I do I'll have somethin' special to post for you as a thanks for checking out my work.


That's my mom and Greg up there, lounging at a motel we checked out in Borrego Springs last year. I love how retro it feels.  Gotta love the desert. 

I hope you had a great Christmas!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!




Check out these iPhone images of Candy Cane Court and the surrounding area in Poway, CA.  It's basically 3 cul-de-sacs and a street that go ALL OUT for the holidays.  The number of lights are unreal!

The house in the last image had their lights tuned to a radio station playing punk rock Christmas music. I felt like such a kid ooohing, aahhhing and pointing at each different display - it was really fun.  Too bad it was too rainy for my film cameras; maybe the lights will still be up when we get back from the midwest.

Here's our very own Christmas tree that Greg took with the Hipstamatic app.



I hope you all have a wonderful holiday!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Immenstaad, Portrait


This was another fun encounter on our trip. I was making the top photo when the woman below approached me and asked what I was doing.  I speak even less German than I do French, so I was really happy when she switched to English.  She brought me in the house I was photographing, which she owned, and showed me around. I couldn't really understand how she came to own the house, or what it was used for, but it had a really amazing wood-burning heating unit that was all gold.  From what I gathered, the house had been in her family for many generations and had been used to store food for a number of people during the cold winters.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

quiet moments in munich

 Pension Lorcano #1

Pension Lorcano #2

 
Munich at dusk from Peterskirche

Monday, December 20, 2010

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Pont du Gard #1



 I set a goal earlier this year to beat the number of posts I had last year by at least one...with this post, I did it.  Woot woot!  Maybe next year I'll double it :)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Yoga Swami

Yoga Swami is my most favorite yoga place in the world.  The fact that it's donation based is amazing (yoga classes can be so expensive), but even more incredible is the space. I've been coming here since I first moved to California, and the yurt is just visually, emotionally and spiritually beautiful. 

Many times during my practices there, I thought that I should photograph it sometime but unfortunately, the ship has sailed.  The city of Encinitas has concluded that the yurt doesn't meet building codes and must be removed from the property.  It makes me so sad that we won't be able to share our love and energy in that space anymore, but this has helped to begin a very important conversation about where sustainable, eco-friendly structures fit within our communities.  

Cyrus Sutton of Korduroy.TV made a great video to support Yoga Swami, before the ruling by the city was final, and it's worth a watch. It illustrates what an incredible community Yoga Swami has helped to build and makes you think about the importance of reforming our building codes so places like this can exist. 


 

Dawn, the owner of Yoga Swami, wrote such a nice letter to the community - be sure to read it on the homepage of yogaswami.com.  Many thanks to Transcend and Yoga Tropics for holding the Yoga Swami classes at their studio and keeping donation-based yoga in Encinitas.

The city has made their ruling, but in her letter, Dawn said they've formed a committee to reform codes for yurts...so there is hope it'll come back.  Hopefully by drawing attention to this on my blog, something good will come from it.  I know this strays from my usual posting topics, but in the spirit of the season, I wanted to share something with you that is personally important to me and maybe grease your wheels to ponder some new ideas in the new year.  Thanks for reading.

Namaste~

Monday, December 13, 2010

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Switzerland



These photos fell victim to a processing error, but I still dig 'em.  The bottom one is so surreal, when I first saw the scan it took me a minute to figure out what I was looking at.  The sky was so dark and stormy when I shot it, but not quite like that ;)

We had planned on staying in Bern (where the Lantz family hails from) for 2 nights and then started looking into hotels.  The most affordable option we could find was $141 per night, for a bunk bed. In a room with 6 strangers...not quite what we had in mind.  Still, we made a point to spend the afternoon in Bern, which was beautiful and decadent in a way I've never seen before - yes, that is fur draped on the chairs outside the cafe, where cappuccinos were $8.  After taking in some sights, picking up a brick of swiss cheese and a bag of chocolates, we hightailed it to Pinasca, Italy.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Monday, December 6, 2010

Enchanting encounter

One morning while in Beaumettes, I left the b&b to explore the tiny town and take some photos. I got about 2 buildings away when I saw this car through an open gate:
My camera was acting funny and I accidentally made a double exposure - turned out to be a much more interesting photo than the single shot.

As I was composing the image, a man came out in what looked to be a lab coat and started speaking to me in French. I speak very little French so I really had no idea what he was saying to me, but I held up my camera and asked "Ok?"... he not only nodded his head, but motioned for me to come inside.

I've told this story to my friends, and most think I'm nuts for going into a strange mans house alone, especially while in a foreign country.  But you know what? I think my instincts are pretty dead on when I have a camera.  When I was working on Kane County, you can bet your bottom dollar I said, "Oh, I think I'm at the wrong house" more than once while knocking on the doors of potential subjects.

Anyway, I got only good vibes from this place, and as soon as I walked in, I was enchanted.  The man lead me into a room painted powder blue, with an array of antiques, books, furniture, statues....so many objects I couldn't even begin to do justice to listing them all.  At first I thought it was some kind of antique mall, or he was a dealer at a flea market or something. He lead me into another set of rooms, painted bright red, where I feasted my eyes on scenes like this:



I literally didn't know what to do with myself, there was so much to look at.  In the span of 5 minutes, he led me through his many collections and probably 4-6 different rooms, each worthy of at least a day to admire and soak in all the treasures they had to offer.  We had as much of a conversation as we could, and he said I could stay and photograph what I wanted.  It was a dream come true!! If only I had brought my tripod.

(I know, you can't believe I didn't.  But, it is SO incredibly heavy, and I vowed that I wouldn't turn this into a photo trip.  Otherwise, we would never get anywhere and Greg would end up standing around waiting for me during most of his time in Europe.  Case in point - I didn't return to the B&B for an hour and I had only made it 2 doors down.)

Since I was sans tripod, I set my camera on whatever table I could find, used the bulb setting and prayed for the best. It was a good experience for me, because I typically can't stand artificial light and wouldn't be drawn to photograph in places like this because of that.  It interesting basing my compositions on where I could set the camera down.



 
I'm most excited about this portrait of the man, who turned out to be a very talented French painter Herve Thibault, and a boy who I believe is his grandson.  The boy seemed to be apprenticing with him, and he even had other people there, helping him prepare materials to paint! It was so cool; I've never met a painter with assistants before. I wish I could have spoken to him about his work...


From what I gathered, this place is his home and studio, and all the objects I saw were pieces for inspiration, models to paint from, and just collections of things he loves.  It was such a unique experience, and definitely one of the highlights of my trip.  I can't wait to go back someday!