In November of 2013, Edith Ross Photographer travelled to Vienna, Austria. What a beautiful city. The architecture, the scenery, the cleanliness, the music, the ‘properness’ of it all left an impression on me. Everywhere I turned there was beauty. Please come and see some of the sights with me.
Last spring I conducted a photoshoot that was inspired by the famous photographer George Hurrell. I have always admired the lighting and techniques used by the photographers in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s and have often been inspired by looking at the fantastic work they created. So here is my attempt at recreating some of the beautiful lighting that was used in creative works of the early part of the 1900s.
A few months back, I did a vintage inspired wedding shoot at Château St. Ambroise in Montreal with the wonderful Fanny Wong and MUA Kitty Mann, Here are some of the results of that shoot. The enitre shoot was conducted with ambiant light only. So no flash, a high ISO and at times a reflector. Enjoy the results.
Our last stop in Vietnam was in the south. First we stopped in Ho Chi Minh for the day and then spent three days on the Mekong delta in a Sampan (small boat) that we rented for three days and two nights. And Finally we returned to Ho Chi Minh for three days to terminate our trip.
Ho Chi Minh, contrary to the other parts of Vietnam we visited, was a very busy metropolitain city with all the exclusive brand stores and state of the art buildings, restaurants and stores that cater mostly to tourists and then there is the other part of the town that is more geared to what the vietnamese can afford.
On our first day we explored the city and visited the War Museum, the Post Office, the Cathedral and the city in general. Then we headed to the Mekong Delta where we sent off on our sampan. This is a private little boat that includes an english tour guide, a captain and two helpers. They all catered to only David and I. We spent three days and two nights visting the Delta, taking in the beautiful scenery and stopping periodically to visit a market, a brick making factory, a candy factory, a temple, we also had supper at the house of a wealthy local, etc. All very interesting and eye opening.
On our return to Ho Chi Minh, we took a day to go and visit the Cu Chi tunnels where the Viet Cong hid and fought the americans during the Vietnam War. We were given a history lesson from the perspective of the Vietnamese and NOT what we’ve always heard from the American version and movies it was very unsettling to see how these people managed to live for years in these tiny tunnels with all that entailed. Bugs, scorpions, bombs exploding overhead, tunnels being flooded by the americans to ‘flush out’ the Viet Cong, etc. I walked about 40 meters (walking is a generous term, more like scuttled along bent over, and I’m only 5’3”) and was very anxious to get out, so I definately, could not image living full time in these tunnels.
On our last day, we visited some museums and did a little last minute souvenir shopping.
The Vietnamese are an amazing, accepting, resilient people who still manage to be happy with the little they have and who have learned to put the past behind them and live for the future.
During our travels to Vietnam, Sapa was probably the most eye opening, beautiful and destabilizing of all. However, in the three weeks that I was in Vietnam, I will remember the people of Sapa the most and I was only there for two days. I could have spent weeks here and never gotten sick of the place or the amazingly nice people. The children were cute as buttons, the women so hard working and strong in both mind, body and spirt it was humbling, the men, kinda scarce.
On our first day in Sapa we travelled to the Bac Ha Market to see how the locals traded and lived. It was a feast for the eyes. The colors, the smiles, the bartering and bargaining was enjoyable. It always amazes me that some tourist will squable for a buck when these hard working people have so much less then we do. Share the love people. Very enjoyable to see how they lived, work and socialized.
Our second day was spent trekking with the Sapa Sisters. This is a very small organization of a few women who are trying to empower women in their country. They give trekking tours in the rice fields and villages and are absolutely charming, entertaining and knowledgeable. They are also very good with the english language and are pretty easy to understand. When we went I was disappointed at first because it was raining and misting and we debated on cancelling the trek. But we had taken an overnight train from Hanoi to see Sapa and I didn’t want a little rain to deter us. So we I rented some mud boots (they had none in my husbands size) and we bought cheap rain coats and off we were. Our Guide Pen was absolutely awesome. We were also followed by two other young women who one day aspired to be tour guides and followed us for 7 hours in order to sell us some of their goods but also to try and learn english. In the end they saved both my husband and I from slipping and falling in the mud quite a few times and deserved the big tip we gave them. I had also brought along some warm clothing for the children and this were handed out by our guide to everyone she knew. She only kept one item for her daughter. Quite different from our culture. So when we said our goodbyes to Pen, I gave her my fur lined hoody. She was so taken aback that she tood a bracelet off her arm and very gently put it on mine. Needless to say, I still wear it today. So if you are ever in Vietnam, don’t miss a trek with the Sapa Sisters, you will not be disappointed.
Check out my post on the Children of Vietnam to get a better insight into these amazing little ones.
Josephine Baker sashayed onto a Paris stage during the 1920s with a comic, yet sensual appeal that took Europe by storm. Famous for barely-there dresses and no-holds-barred dance routines, her exotic beauty generated nicknames “Black Venus,” “Black Pearl” and “Creole Goddess.” Admirers bestowed a plethora of gifts, including diamonds and cars, and she received approximately 1,500 marriage proposals. She maintained energetic performances and a celebrity status for 50 years until her death in 1975. Unfortunately, racism prevented her talents from being wholly accepted in the United States until 1973. (quote from the official Josehpine Baker website http://www.cmgww.com/stars/baker/about/biography.html)
This is a tribute to her marvelous performances and talent. This was Krystyna’s idea, she did her own hair and makeup as she is a makeup artist and we put the wardrobe together. She was an absolute joy to work with, following direction and inputting her own inspiration as the day unfolded.
Please enjoy the images.
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In June, I had the priviledge of working with an amazing hair and make-up artist called Tomoko Hidaka and a clothing stylist called Camille Perreault. They managed to work together in order to help me make my vision of an outdoor vintage shoot come to fruition.
Welcome everyone to my new blog. I will be sharing with you works I have produced and will continue to produce throughout the year. I hope you enjoy this blog. I welcome all comments and hope you will let me know how you feel about my work.