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Aging. A blessing, not afforded to everyone. One life to live.

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How many of you wake up in the morning ,look at yourselves in the mirror and say ” holy Crap !! “what the Hell ? whose been playing in my face during the night?. I am convinced that before I go to bed, there is a little group of wrinkle fairies , just waiting for me to close my eyes. You all know what I’ m taking about !! as far as the rest of the body  is concerned, still don’t know  who’s  working on that part during the night.

People say “age is only a number” “You are only as young as you feel”. Yeah rriiight !! OK !!! You can always fix it with a little Botox ,some filler , all new !! . Yes !! when you are healthy, it’s all that, but lets not fool ourselves into thinking that we can buy youth, maybe retard it a bit. Some have gone as far as disfiguring themselves in the              quest of escaping the inevitable.

I’ve been to parties where I wonder  “I know I met you before” all the women look-alike , never sure “have we met before, like 5 minutes ago.” .  the quest to remain young , has women now all looking alike . One look !!!   Yes its Vanity !! .We live in a society where Age matters , Looking young matters

Then you start loosing friends ,who are just too young to go. Friends whose only wish, is to live a little longer. Reality sets in. Yes reality !! That feeling that literally slaps you in the face and says wake the hell up. Reality , what  a concept . You start asking yourself , should I feel guilty about having the privilege to bitch about aging? It’s a questions I ask myself every time a friend  goes too soon. Knowing how important just being alive was to them. Knowing they didn’t have the opportunity to be shallow . knowing how unimportant  that wrinkle and that scar  was  in the grand scheme of things.

As time passes and I am lucky enough, to be healthy enough, to worry about how I age. Be arrogant enough , not to want to age gracefully. Not that I think aging gracefully is such a bad thing. just letting nature take its course.  Being in the job market in later years, unfortunately requires energy , clear thinking , all associated with youth.

So what is the choice ? Doing the best you can, being in a state of constant repair (very exhausting) Like a car you can’t afford to get rid of, or a monument falling apart..Sadly it’s one of Those things in life, that we can’t control . Is it a curse or a blessing ? depends on where you are  in life ..

Youth is venerated , age is not. Age is associated with disease , medication , lack of energy not sexy. Yet some women have managed not only to age well, but to do it fabulously. Now we won’t pretend they didn’t have a little tweak here and there. Wink , Wink !!

This is the fabulous 79-year-old Clarisse , met her in the lady’s room . She walked in , on tiger print booties , 6 inch heels ,that most people 30 years younger couldn’t even maneuver . She reminded me of  “The Lady  Chablis”  in the movie “Midnight in the garden of good and evil”. I had to photograph her. she was just Fabulous !!!

Only a few of the marvelous ladies known and unknown ,who have done it beautifully.

So ladies fix it, don’t fix it  it’s a personal choice. In the end do it with grace , attitude  and joie de vivre. ONLY ONE LIFE , MAKE IT COUNT..

 

 

 

I love street art.Fun tags and street scenes in New York -photographs .

So Much to see, so little time. The streets and neighborhoods of New York are just so loaded with talent , that its hard to photograph everything. Like the person driving around with an ” I stop for Tag Sales” sticker… I stop for street Art .Don’t be behind me , cause if  I notice some wall art, the brakes go on and the camera gets pulled out. . so be warned.

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Kobra is back with a new wall finished last week. Amazing!!

 

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Interesting garage doors

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Chalk drawing on the sidewalk

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Morocco, inside the dyers souk of Marrakech.

On a very hot August day, while strolling thru the street of Marrakesh’s souk , I  was attracted by the beautiful color of  yarns hanging to dry.

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I investigated further to find steam coming out of a cave like room made of stone.        The heat was intense and the steam almost blinding at times.

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The colors are vibrant and all created with natural dyes.

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The heat is indescribable , it must be experienced.
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This is the work that goes into a rug, 

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Photographs Ingrid kaempfert

 

 

 

Bushwick , Brooklyn Part 2

DSC_3861So much to see so little time. This out of the way neighborhood is attracting a lot of tourist, not only because its an open air Art Gallery ,but because its also a very hip part of Brooklyn. The sights are super, but also there are little restaurant and  shops,that are worth visiting.

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I took so many pictures , I hope I didn’t post twice . Of course I will be going back , since new walls get painted every day.

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Bushwick Collective , Brooklyn N.Y. Part 1

Welcome to Brooklyn , more specifically the Bushwick collective, just off of Flushing Avenue.Such artist as Sticks, Icy & Hot , Prvt , Nychos , Blek le Rat ,the first graffiti artist in Paris, are featured. There is literally so much art  at every corner , it’s hard to see it all in one afternoon, at least for me , who must search every nook..  They do also have tours, which you can book for $20.00 online , with the Bushwick Brooklyn Graff Tour.DSC_3858

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The super cool Risa Tochigi Aka Boogie one half of the dynamic duo BoogieREZ,

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This is such a cool neighborhood, which is  also an extraordinary open air gallery .When you have seen enough  , stop at the Sea Wolf Restaurant for a beer and some seafood. Service is fabulous and the staff super cool.

Until next time , hope you enjoyed  the tour.

 

 

 

Fun Graffiti around town. Queens ,New York

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This is an interesting building I found while driving around this week end.  Located in LIC , it reminded me a lot of 5 Pointz .    This warehouse building is beautifully adorned with pictures of  of deer, flowers, brains, and bubble and letters .. The murals are part of the Top to Bottom Project, created by artist James P. Quinn and producer Geoff Kuffner. Included are Artist  Crash, Daze, Icy and Sot, and Magda Love . This Block spanning building is quite impressive, in its different style of art.

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 Magda Love’s lush jungle plants, , greet visitors at the entrance, while above, Binho Ribeiro’s blue owl keeps wide-eyed watch over the street. Around the corner, Case Ma’Claim dusted many layers of aerosol to create his image of two hands threading a needle. The work is amazingly detailed.Pioneers like Daze and Crash,  have also contributed to the project.
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Cern’s orange bird quite beautiful.

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