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Sunday Doubles.

As mentioned in the previous post this weekend had a special magic to it. Although, as always, in the end there was not enough time to get everything accomplished I am happy with the start of new work. Couple of breakthroughs on a almost metaphysical level and as such, of course, difficult to put into words.

And now I’m running late to pick up Peter atop of Mt. Greylock… Sometime tonight we’ll make our way back to Brooklyn from the Autumn misty Berkshires.

Love is.

Love is.
This weekend, finally, an unexpected respite. Wholly unplanned and not even imagined. And yet… It happened by some configuration of earthly and celestial intentions. Perhaps my own will, so lethargic and distracted lately, awoke and after rubbing its eyes looked around in awe.
Sometimes one good thing leads to another. Sometimes everything seems possible – again.

Love is.

Our Ruby. Our little house on Old Rt. 9. This weekend.

Take a look yourself.



Kathryn & Tim: Wedding Vows ~ bascom lodge, Mt. Greylock [part I]

They knew.  From the moment they met it was undeniable they will be together.

Kathryn’s and Tim’s journey began when they met through a mutual friend.  It tuned out they both studied Russian and Tim instinctively wooed the red haired beauty with his slavic speaking skills.  In Kathryn’s words: “Tim swept me off my feet by speaking Russian.”  Tim, of course, was head over heels at the first Приятно познакомиться (priyatno poznakomitsya: pleasure to meet you) dreamily emitted from Kathryn’s lips.

A passionate courtship followed in an enchanted atmosphere of going to lots of dance concerts, listening to and discovering awesome music, drinking lots of cocktails as well as being able to retreat into shared quiet times of literary pleasures – Tim’s excellent book collection impressed Kathryn from the start.  They were in love.

They are in love. Their passion for each other,  and life is soooo palpable!

Beautiful couple.  Good people.

Loving parents of adorable Wyath – the axis of their orbit, the source and inspiration of all their tomorrows.

Sharing a love of nature and the great outdoors one day they  hiked up Mt. Greylock.  The mountain’s mighty loveliness appealed to their hearts.  This was going to be the place to take their vows.

And so they did.

Kathryn: ” Tim, I have loved you since I first saw you. Your profile and confidence filled me with a swagger, and talking all night never ended. I can spend forever with you and it feels like a minute. We laugh with a vibrancy that means youth, even as we age and our children grow. I look forward to a life where we know each other as well as anyone can, and you leave me be when I need, and comfort me as I need it. I love your hearty laughter and your constant quest for knowledge. I love your love of friends and family, life and the outdoors. Your adventurousness and your responsibility. You are everything in a package wrapped  in a deep voice, and I can’t wait to pass that along to the generations we produce. I vow to be loving and loyal, patient and direct, to stand by and support you through whatever hardships our lives may face together, and reap the benefits of a life sown with someone so wonderful.”

Tim: ” Kathryn, you have been my happiness in times of joy and my strength in times of doubt. You have given us a beautiful son and made a wonderful mother. Through the twists and turns of life your love has sustained me. Your antics fill our home with laughter, your passion fills it with life, and your kindness fills it with love. I promise to be your happiness and your strength, as you have been mine. No matter which way the winds blow, I promise to be by your side, to share with you the wonders yet to come, as your faithful husband for the rest of our days.”

Dearest heartbeats all around.

Surrounded by family and closest friends, Kathryn’s and Tim’s wedding was full of vitality, beauty and joy.  Bascom Lodge was abuzz with laughter and good anticipation. The weather turned stormy.  The ceremony had to be moved inside.  Kathryn and Tim took it all in stride without skipping a beat.  As the saying goes – don’t sweat the small stuff – that’s the  kind of folks they are.

And OMG do they know how to party!!!
Kathryn and Tim:  It was my pleasure to photograph your terrifically groovy wedding!

XOXO – Monika

PS – Stay tuned for Part II with Slideshow!

nancy steinberg - Please send me information about weddings 2020. Many thanks!

Elliott Erwitt: Personal Best | International Center of Photography

Elliott Erwitt, Santa Monica, California, 1955 © Elliott Erwitt/Magnum Photos

Elliott Erwitt: Personal Best | International Center of Photography.

Not to be missed!!!  This major, and in so many instances breathtaking, retrospective of Elliott Erwitt’s showcases some of his most amazing iconic imagery.  I went to see it back in early July on my birthday and it was the sweetest gift I gave myself. What is it about photography from the 50s that stays  fresh, exciting and cutting edge  no matter how many times we see the same photographs?  Ahh… the beauty of grainy black & white film.  Love it!!!  Miss it…

Thank you Mr. Erwitt!


The exhibition ends on August 28th – for more info please click on the underlined link above.  RUN TO IT!!!


subway reverie

rev•er•ie: a state of being pleasantly lost in one’s thoughts; a daydream

The subway is this strange place where one is at pause and in motion at once. Surrounded by a cacophony of sounds – conversations, screeching wheels, mta’s inaudible announcements, doors’ opening/closing chimes, etc and the incredible fusion of people. We’re all on our way somewhere. We’ve got to get there soon. In the meantime we daydream, and reflect, and negotiate internally.
I took these photos earlier in the summer on a spur of the moment. Always wanted to do a story about the subway. Maybe this is a beginning.