Meet Zia Maria. Maker of all things homemade and delicious. Especially homemade spaghetti sauce she makes from scratch. (with the very tomatoes she’s carrying in this photo) I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with her as she prepared the sauce and it was amazing to watch. You would not believe how much work is involved in making sauce from scratch. Lots of nieces, nephews, daughters and sons are beaming with joy when she shows up with sauce to take home. Yum.
Welcome to Death Valley. (AKA The land of extremes) The United States’ hottest, driest, and lowest National Park. Towering frosted peaks, vast fields of wildflowers and lush open oases make this gorgeous destination a must see if you’re living or visiting California. And despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
Korakia with its mix of other world serenity and timeless history (the original foundations were built in 1924 and remain some of the oldest original buildings in Palm Springs) is an amazing backdrop for any weekend. Unique rooms, great service and simple amenities make this destination an absolute delight. Who's up for a weekend getaway?
Sometimes traveling means simply exploring your own city. Since the recession Los Angeles has been on a complete tear with amazing growth and creativity spanning new architecture, amazing restaurants and community spaces filled with incredible art. If you live in LA you’ve surely witnessed the crowds of people lining up in front of the spectacular wall art around the city. #wallcrawlers unite … here’s one that’s definitely going to be on your wall-photo bucket list. California Dreaming was created by Brooklyn-based artist @itsaliving (aka Ricardo Gonzalez). The wall was commissioned by @ChineseLaundry. So a big shout out to @chineseLaundry, @itsaliving our very lovely LALA Ladies @susannamusotto @juting_ and @misstinaclara for making this shoot so special.
A reflective selfie captured at Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate (aka The Bean) in Chi-town. Cloud Gate was created by Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor. The piece, which was constructed between 2004 and 2006, is made up of 168 stainless steel plates which are welded together and polished to show no visible seams. It’s amazing to experience in person. I came to Chicago in 2007 for a car shoot. One morning I decided to get up early in hopes to shoot the sculpture with no one around. I woke up at 5:30 a.m. rushed down to the site thinking I’d would be the first one there. When I arrived there was already one photographer who was set up with a tripod capturing the sculpture. When I walked closer I realized it was the photographer from our shoot; Thomas Schwoerer. Turns out he got up even earlier than me so he could be the first. Ugh. Early bird gets the worm.
Over 6 million people visit the Mona Lisa at the Louvre in Paris each year. This fine gentleman catching me catching him looking at the painting ... is one of those 6 million. The funny thing about going to museums now is how everyone is filtering the experience through their phone. Everyone is literally holding up a phone and looking at the image on the screen instead of looking at the real piece of art itself. Don’t they know they could have googled the same image without even leaving the house? Maybe next time.
#wallcrawl Number 1 of _____. Paul Smith. (Melrose at N. Harper) Yeah, you’ve seen it before but if you haven’t been check it out. Watching everyone take photos against this wall is more entertaining than capturing your own.
North of Bangkok about an hour is the old kingdom of Ayutthaya. It’s a great day trip away from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. At one point Ayutthaya used to be one of the biggest and richest cities in the east. Although Ayutthaya was sometimes called Siam, the people from Ayutthaya often referred to themselves as Tai. If you go, head to Wat Mahatat to see this Buddha head overgrown by the fig tree. It’s pretty amazing to see … if you can make your way past the tourists looking to get a selfie with Buddha.
Over 3000 acres of land surrounding this observatory were donated to the City of Los Angeles by Griffith J. Griffith on December 16, 1896. In his will Griffith donated funds to build an observatory, exhibit hall, and planetarium on the donated land. Griffith's objective was to make astronomy accessible by the public, as opposed to the prevailing idea that observatories should be located on remote mountaintops and restricted to scientists. #whenstarsalign#lalaland
25 Million. This was the price the US paid for the island of Saint John from the Dutch. Today’s equivalent would be $520,327,586. Just a little something to keep in mind if you’re thinking about picking up an island.
Chichén Itzá, a world-famous complex of Mayan ruins on Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, should be on everyone’s bucket list. The massive step pyramid known as El Castillo dominates the ancient city, which thrived from around 600 A.D. to the 1200s. Graphic stone carvings survive at structures like the ball court, Temple of the Warriors and the Wall of the Skulls. It’s a beautiful place to explore.