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Peru (part 5: Diana mini)

Friday, November 12th, 2010

I LOVE my Diana mini. (Thanks Christine for convincing me to get it!) I have had a Diana camera for a few years and just recently bought the Diana mini went I went to the lomography store in NY. The advantages are it’s mini, and everything mini is better, it takes 35mm film, which means cheaper to buy and develop and you have two shooting formats; square or split-frame like the image above. Plus it’s exciting getting film developed in our world of digital cameras. I was really happy with my Diana mini pictures from Peru especially the series below. I love the dreamy and radiant quality that is captured. Next week my blog will be back to the normal design posts and some features on updates that I’ve made around the house. Have a great weekend!

Peru (part 4: Machu Picchu)

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Visiting Machu Picchu was an amazing end to the 5 day hike. We woke up at 5am to get to the site before sunrise. The sunrise didn’t happen because it was overcast, but it was worth getting there early because there were far less tourists. Machu Picchu is positioned in the middle of the “cloud forest” and you can see why it was called that. The fog surrounds the entire site helping to hide it from the outside world. The fog also makes the visit a little magical, as if you’re floating high up in the clouds. The tall mountain to the side of Machu Picchu is Waynapicchu which was the lookout point for the Inca guards. Tourists are still allowed to climb Waynapicchu, (300 a day,) but just a warning it is no easy task. The way up is a mile of the steepest stairs you’ve ever climbed with nothing separating you from the edge of the mountain. The view from the top does make it worth the climb, BUT the climb down is even scarier especially at the top. I was pretty much scooting down the steps on my keester for about the first 10 staircases on the way down because I was semi-terrified. After climbing Waynapicchu we had a tour of Machu Picchu with our guide. The history behind this Inca civilization is very fascinating. The craftsmanship of the structures is amazing, as well as, all the little details that made mountaintop civilization fully functional. I would definitely recommend seeing this wonder before you die. (But honestly don’t climb Waynapicchu unless you’re in tippy top shape.) Tomorrow will be my last Peru post and I’ll share some of my pictures taken with my Diana mini.

Peru (part 3: the jungle)

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

From the second half of day 2 onward we were walking through the lush jungles of Peru. They were full of beautiful and unique plants, flowers, birds and fruits including passionfruit, avocado and banana. Image below of me eating a fresh passionfruit and boy was it delicious and refreshing. Scattered throughout the journey there were plenty of little stands run by the locals where you could purchase bottled water and other goodies. And while I thought this took away from the hike, I’m sure it’s a good source of income for these people that live so far removed from the city. Tomorrow will be dedicated to the final part of the hike Machu Picchu.

Peru (part 2: the trek)

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

The main highlight of my trip to Peru was the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu through SAS Travel that I did with my friend Nicole. We picked this trek because it’s a little more difficult than the Inca Trail and less traveled. We had two trek mates from Australia, Peter and Marie who were just lovely to share this experience with as well as our guide, Ruben and 5 porters (cook, ass. cook, waiter, horse wrangler and ass. horse wrangler.) The picture above is the beginning of the trek. You can see the gorgeous glacier in the background which is where we were headed. The first day was completely uphill and got a lot colder as we went. By the time we made it to our campsite it was raining which later in the night turned to snow. It was absolutely amazing waking up to the snow (and rare according to our guide. He had only seen snow about twice before and he’s been doing the trek for 12 years now!) The beginning of the second day we continued upward to reach our highest point at 4600m on Abra Salkantay mountain. During this time I was experiencing some altitude sickness which made the morning 4 hour hike miserable. This didn’t take away from the beauty of hiking through the snow. The third picture below is at the top of the Abra Salkantay. You can see the rock offerings given by all the people that have made this trek. The last picture is Mount Salkantay which is Cusco’s second highest peak at 6,264m.

More pictures to come tomorrow!

Peru (part 1: Cusco)

Monday, November 8th, 2010

I’m sure you’ve all been wondering where I have been. I recently went on vacation to Peru starting in the city of Cusco and then doing a 5 day Salkantay hike to Machu Picchu. It was an amazing adventure. Here are some of my favorite pictures from walking around the city of Cusco. The city was so rich with bright colors, beautiful architecture and great hand drawn type. More pictures from my trip to come soon.

girl crush: carey mulligan

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Isn’t she just stunning? Such a classic, timeless beauty…I’m about this close to chopping my hair off because of her.

images from Vogue US October 2010 by Peter Lindbergh via here

the sarah project: total knockout

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

I’ve had this boxer edition of The Sarah Project planned for quite a while now. We have a punching bag at work with two sets of gloves and I knew that I had to incorporate them into one of the shoots. I also knew that I wanted to have a black eye and be knocked out. To get the knocked out effect, aka seeing birds, I created a little mobile from a wire coat hanger, fishing line and origami birds. I used make-up for the black eye. My friend Matt assisted me with the punches and holding the mobile in place.

the sarah project: miss piggy

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

This week’s The Sarah Project features Rose a prize pig who is quite the poser & kisser. Her beauty won all the judge’s hearts. She was generous enough to allow me to borrow the crown and sash for a few shots.

the sarah project: cleopatra

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

The Sarah Project brings you Miss Cleo this week! She is adorned with a 24K paper clip/ribbon necklace and paper cobra headdress. She spends her time striking poses, eating brains and fanning herself with gold leaves…walk like an egyptian.

the sarah project: blondie

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

I went blonde on Friday. And to be completely honest, it’s the most drastic thing I’ve ever done to my hair, (and I’ve done tons of drastic things.) I’m slowly getting used…but it’s still a little weird seeing my reflection. I guess I’ll soon find out if blondes really do have more fun.

What do you guys think?