le preview of @ParisPhotoFair


there’s something Rather heady and splendid and sort of *sharpintakeofbreath* about seeing a Man Ray up close or a Helmut Newton from a distance, a William Klein mirror photograph and the Irving Penn series of men-in-uniforms (no, not that sort of pictures, love – calm down – honest, working class, hono(u)rable-days-work shots) and one can see both at Paris Photo over the next few days.

apparently Ms. Opie is also showing (and speaking at one of the events) but we could not see many Lady Photographers on display – twas the canon of the greats – unless all the Ladies are doing strange abstracts (entirely possible and most rewarding we’re sure they are too) but we’re so attracted to Beauty and beautiful people that we would have Missed those Booths (sorry).

and then there were the odd shots that one had to turn one’s head up the other way and sort of squint and Try to Imagine what (on earth) the artist was thinking inspired by (always amusing to stand behind a Very Blonde and Private school educated wispy type who is Explaining the Title of the Piece at these junctures).

thanks to the lovely M we got an extra special V-I-P pass (don’t you adore a VIP pass?) and so snuck into the Preview this afternoon (on the Paramount Studios Lot, no less) before the glamorous crowds arrived avec entourage (in pork pie hats mostly, it seemed) for the evening’s festivities.

there’s something so delicious about a Back Lot and a crowd of terribly thin people in black who greet each other with lines like:

darling! I last saw you in Munich for the screening of your documentary about the red light district in Amsterdam!

we loved that moment in particular.

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and then a lovely evening driving-into-the-sunset, going West.

#newLife plotting, inspiration, action and dreams.


we went to a Reading with a writer-compadre last night and talked about creating-work and plot lines and beats in narrative and all sorts of interesting things that writers talk about – including the two of us (who had never met in RL before now although we’ve been writing back and forth in a fragmented story-line for almost two years – isn’t the interweb glorious?)

then we went online and checked our photography choices for the exhibition and learned that our lovely portraits of a lovely author are being chosen as The new Author Headshot for their new site (which makes us Terribly Pleased) and we remembered to ask another Friend/model when she next has a blonde-ing-appointment so we can schedule Her portrait and so on……

while we wait this morning for a 10AM conference call (so nice to do these on the princess phone) for a digital consultancy gig we’re doing (or rather she’s doing – we’ll be lying down listening to a Radio 4 BBC show during that hour) and then answer emails from prospective digital clients and sort out future lessons (did we tell you about the Lessons? doing our first few as soon as we get Back from NYC)


you see Nothing is fixed.

when people say “what do you do?” in that Nancy Mitford non-U way (the real Upper Classes, of course, do – or did – nothing but Tend the Land and Protect Their Heritage and so would never Ask such a Q) we pause.

we do three things.

we say or sometimes we say:

can we just talk about films that we’ve both seen and loved?

because usually:

what do you do?

really means:

are you useful – to us?

and the larger Universe spiritual answer is “of course” but not in the way you’d expect (because people always get very uplifted and excited when we start to get going about music and plays and life and movies and photographs and roses and Lovely Things).

so if we do get Honest *sighs* and talk about what-we-do we give them a precis of The Bio. and leave-it-at-that and hope we can return to talking about Lovely Things.

we know we’re meant to be all Thrusting and go-getting and furthering-our-bank-account – and maybe we will, in time.

but really all we want to do is do the digital therapy lessons (because one meets the Most Interesting People when doing Those) and a few consulting clients who have products/services we Adore (until the bank account gets drained and then we’ll probably take on some we only-sort-of-feel-lukewarm-about but We Hope Not) and then take Photographs and have Exhibitions but mostly write books-for-teens and novels for people-who-have-been-heartbroken-but-love-LaVieCashmere and helpful beautiful books perhaps in-a-series (we adore a series) and maybe, just maybe (*innerSqueal*) not only write movies but (*inhale*) directthemtoo (said quickly and with a shy little moue).

as the boys from Essex said – it’s a new life indeed.

there’s necessarily a Slight (ok, maybe not slight) Wait until All This Takes Off (and maybe one thing takes off More than the Others) – so we do something on each Strand of our Life each day and feel like we’re in forward motion (although we do Take Naps – for the creative replenishment of course in a dreamlike state) and Try not to Panic.

and After we’ve done all that Action?

we fill up the well again: making sumptuous and lovely suppers, while reading, writing, dreaming, roses, photography, friends, evenings-out-with-writers, naps, movies, walking, driving-while-singing-loudly, watching Danish television DVDs sent from abroad (thanks, dad), Requesting Materials from (2 different) Libraries, and generally getting Inspired all over again.




the only drawback to a life with three strands?

one needs to get up Terribly Early.

and be Alert for clues.

just saying ;-)

thanks ever so much for stopping by…….and now we need to get back to writing a Haiku because Heather suggested we did and Suze is running a Haiku friday moment

you see?

a life of wondrous twists and turns and miniature poems.


feeding the soul – how do You keep it all sparkly and satisfied and smiley?


up with the lark (pause: are there larks in los angeles?)


a full day ahead.

will post later.

but will leave you with a Question……

How do You feed your Soul?

because this Moment of Gloriousness in words and thought and Images arrived at the Library yesterday (as per our special request – such a delight to be able to ask for Treasures from throughout the entire Los Angeles Library du monde des Grands Livres.)


And we have been in heavenly reverie ever since.

Do. Tell.

Books, movies, art, a long walk, a bubble bath……….running away to the circus?

See you later.

Have a simply (or Rather complicated) divine day (if you’re entangled in some Fickle Finger of Fate).

quick UPDATE:

if you’re feeling *blue* at all – try this link – gasping-for-air-at-pink-hued-beauties.

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