martedì 20 dicembre 2011

a very very belated update : santa margherita ligure e venezia

I know it's been months, but I never got around to writing about Venice, or my birthday trip to the sea.

After much debate about where we'd like to go for my bday, we finally decided on a little town by the sea called Santa Margherita Ligure. We took the train through the beautiful scenery, and we were by the meditereannean. We spent the day walking through town before beaching ourselves at a beach.

these were all taken with Holga darling!

My last weekend in Italy was spend in beautiful, beautiful Venice with my mom. We took the train, and in a matter of about three hours, there we were.
We started by finding the water bus station, but found out (just out luck) that they were on strike today. There was less boats, and would only go down half the main canal. We took the first one that came, and walked the rest. Oh, it's important to mention that there are no cars whatsoever on the island. No bikes. No wheels. Half the streets, looking more like alleyways, are cut by canals, its impossible to navigate on wheels. Furthermore, they're just straight up banned.
We started off at the famous Rialto brigde.

view from the Rialto

It being packed by tourists, we only stayed the time to visit the couple shops on it before continuing our adventure. We walked through the alleys, making so many detours because of the canals randomly cutting through the streets. We got so, so lost. But that's the way, in out opinion, to really discover. And we did.
We visited so many charming little shops we would have never discovered if  we had stayed on the main tourist path. So many different photo opps we would have never gotten. 

just a (beautiful) but common view in venice. the sad thing about the city is that so many locals decide to leave because of the amount of tourists and the high cost of living. also, because it gets so many floods, they can't live on the ground floors of their houses. you laos have to own a boat, since your door leads directly to the water. no sidewalk.

the oh-so-famous gondole of venice.

you can enjoy a ride with your own private acordeon player

i just HAD to snap this

i wouldn't mind attending this school.

Venice is for artists. We met one on the street, and bought one of his superb watercolors. He was saying how beautiful the light is, like nowhere else in the world.

There's a myth i want to bust: Venice is not sinking. At least not anymore. The habitants used to use wells placed a bit everywhere in the city,  but those caused the streets to sink in. You can still see them, but they're all locked up. There's also some buildings that have become very, very crooked over time...
At last we got to the San Marco piazza.

This is just a piece of the turc influenced castle.. in a crooked  picture

For those who don't know, the whole city is standing not on water, but in s swamp, basically. Millions of wood pillars are driven into the mud to support the houses, streets, churches, everything. When they were building the city, they destroyed all the coastline forests. For one little city they wanted to build on mud. I wondered how has the wood survived through all these years, and the answer is simple: there isn't enough oxygen in water to allow the wood to decay. Pretty cool if you ask me.

On a last note, here's a bit of a candic shot i took of the gondola men on break. Oh and here's another cool fact! There is only one gondola girl in Venice.

ciao, until next time, Italia.

sabato 28 maggio 2011

update 13: flamboyant

good morning world! being alone out here gives me no more excuses to not write. so here i am again!
yesterday was a good day. i started off with a casting for Z!NK magazine, one of my favorite magazines, actually. i had already met the casting guy once before, and this time, he clearly remembered me and even noticed that my book has new pictures in it. extra points!
we then had a couple hour gap between the casting and my job. and both were in the same neighbourhood of town. so we wandered looking for the sandals my mom has been looking for. yep. and it started raining. no jokes. the sky was becoming that yellow that announces a storm, we took refuge in a coffee shop and ordered two capuccios. once we spent enough time there, we conitnued our quest for sandals in the rain (ironic i know).  it started to really pour, so we took refuge in another coffee shop for another cappuccino and a brioche, miam miam.
my job was an edtorial for Flamboyant magazine. it's italian and completely indepently owned and run by two guys who found italia's fashion scene too conservative. google their website, you can see the latest issue. it's amazing. i was already pumped because of the spreads i saw on the site, but when he told me the story for this one, i was extra pumped.
the spread was going to be seventeen pages long (aplit between me and two other girls). and about the history of photography. we were basically taking famous pictures of famous photographers and recreating them. i did three different photographers/pictures, but the best worth mentionning was Sarah Moon.

and this was the inspiration. Sarah Moon does creepy beautiful picures like these. we took four different shots to create a collage. i was wearing little doll dresses, and the makeup artist painted my eybrows out. the photographer sdid an amazing job on the lighting. even without post-production, the black and white and effects, they looked so amazing. gotta say it was the best teamwork i have witnessed on a shoot in a long time. oh and it HAILED. i mean, legit big pieces of ice falling from the sky! but don't worry it's sunny and very nice out today ;)
the oher photographer/shot i recreated was Nick Night. cool beans! and the third, i must confess i don't even remember.

i'll leave to get ready to go to the beach! yep, me and my mom decided to get out of town, since tomorrow marks the day of my birth :) so we decided take the train to Santa Margherita, little town huddled in the moutains at the side of the sea. have a good day to all! i'll take pictures to remind you all what nice weather looks like ;)


for an ending note: Jack Johnson is god. and this video is hilarious. Jack and Lonely Island guy? Who would have thought!

giovedì 26 maggio 2011

update 12: rossa o blu mi piaci tu!

ciaaaoooooo! yes, i'm blogging this early after the previous post. what news!
the main thing about today as that i feel in love. with a pair of shoes. as my dad said: that's a suprise. story is Aldo teamed up with Julian Louie, NY fashion designer to create this line of (stunning) shoes. and i fell in love with his wedges. and even if Aldo exists at home, the variety and styles out here are muuuuch more different (and fashionable) than at home. i might just get them here, but i'm scared my luggage might just be too heavy. then again, the website i no letting me order them. my dillemas in life are so important and life changing, aren't they.
for a different type of adventure. me and mom went out to a restaurant tonight. yes, that isn't different. but it was a mexican restaurant. in italy. no jokes.
we started off with nachos. and by wondering if the italians pronounce it "nakos" because "ch" is pronounced "k" in italian. they were no corn chips and monterey jack and salsa type of nachos. they were corn chips, mozzarella and paprika sprinkled all over. but it was good.
my mom had an enchilada and i had fajitas. it was really, really good. and now we're really, really bloated.

for you wonderig about the title of this one: my favorite advertising out here is for sparkling water. the company came out with two different flavours: rossa (red) and blu (you can guess). the blue flavor is "legermente frizzante" (a little sparkly) and the red is "frizzantissima!" (really sparkly!). and their catch line is the title of this blog and it's the cutest of all. translation: red or blue, i love you!


martedì 24 maggio 2011

update 11: paradise spread out with a butter knife

hmmm. sorry for the lack of posts lately! i've been overflowed with work and things to see, but i guess that's a good thing. that's a lie, i've just been lazy.
let's start off with the day of may sixth and it's amzaing castings. the first worth mentionning was at the Condé Nast studios, where i got to meet Glamour, Gas Jeans and Coccinelle all at once. the other one was for a Valentino show. booyeah!
may 8th, i really wanted to go to Monza to see the Superbike championship. but i got a phone call from my booker asking if i was busy and if i was free to do an editorial for Vice magazine. so i gave up the superbikes for Vice. they brought me, a redhead canadian model and an italian model in the mountains, close to Lecco, for the shooting. location shoots are in my opinion, by far the best. after driving through the mountains and little towns huddles in them, we got to a cute little stream to start the story. we were going to fill up around 8 pages where three teenagers escape from home, across a stream, in the woods, to finally find an old abandonned villa. the stream shot went great, until gravity reminded me it still exists by making me fall into the stream, bruise my knees quite badly and sprain my foot. oh well, to bad i couldn't escape gravity even in italy. we drove a bit more to find te abandonned villa. the view of it is amazing. it's deteriorating, nobody is taking care of it, it's sitting between mountains, it's huge, but it's abandonned. it has such an eerie feel, it was perfect for the shoot.

the villa! i also took some pictures inside, but with my holga.

on monday, i took the day to r.i.c.e. my foot. for those who haven't had enough injuries to know the acronym: rest, ice, constriction and elevation. tuseday, i started off slow with only one casting, but for American Apparel's online lookbook. whereas wednesday, i had an editorial all about shorts, nonetheless. let me tell you they had to slap on a bunch of concealer on my by then blue and purple knees! by thursday, i was back to the busy busy days with five castings. on that friday, the 13th! i got the Glamour editorial. it's a jeans story, where it was basically two portraits of myself and other models being chill in their good-looking jeans. from that one, i had to jet to the other side of town for a test shoot. good thing the next day was the weekend! against habit though, there was a casting on sunday. well, not exactly a casting. a Just Cavalli callback. talk about top of the line.
let me write about saturday. by starting off that i woke up at 1pm. mmmm. once up and ready to go, we headed to the Cimitero Monumentale.
the cemetary itself is huge. and the statues in it are works of art. some of the richer families even have their own little buildings for themselves, going to the extent of having their own private little duomo. i mean, they're dead. they don't know. ah, religion...

my fave statue of the place. it's long and lanky and awkward like me.

some families put their money in the wrong places, if you ask me!

another statue on a tombstone i particularily liked.

the sky looked great that day.

since we were in the vicinity, we went to 10 corso Como. you might have heard of it, a very very exoensive shopping place with only top of the line designers. it was great to look at. on the second story, we visited the Carla Sozzani photography exposition. this year, it was all world press photography. between tortured afghan women, mass graves, impaled toreadors and suicides, the expo was amazing. the timing, precision and guts it takes to be a journalism photographer is beyond me.  
we then found a nice looking restaurant where to have supper. mom's pasta was to die for, and me and phil's pizza were miles away from delicioso's frozen pizza we have back home. oh and, the beer is always good.

that sunday, my dad and my little sister Oasis came over for a visit :) against norms, i had a callback that day. but since it was for Just Cavalli i was willing to take the time. once home, we prepared the ''special'' pasta me and my mom had bought for the occasion: itlian flag coloured farfalla! along with salad and wine, we had supper on the back porch by candlelight.

monday started with an odd hair job. is was on two-days, monday being the ''preparation day'' where they just cut our hand planned what they'd do the next day, on the shoot. at first, they wanted to dye my hair blonde. i said no way. no no no no no way. they then called my agency, asking if they could change my hair colour at all, and my agency said not at all. i was relieved. so they only cut my shaved sides again (it having been shaved already the friday before at Glamour) and modified the top so they could do this mushroom-cut effect on one side. anyway.
the day of, tey asked me if they could put this thing in my hairthat would not chnage the colour byt make it shinier. because o the language barrier between us, i had to ask a bunch of questions to actually find out if this thing actually had colour in it or not. aparently, with what i could understand, this product was my colour and would wash off anyway ''the first time you wash your hair.'' first off, it had colour, and it's this reddish-brown colour i feel wierd wearing. and more than a week later, it's still there. meh.

during that week, mom, dad and the sister all went down to Cinque Terre. hiking up and down mountains in tiny trains from one village perched on the rocks beside the sea to the other. jealous! while me and Phil trotted along from metro stop to metro stop for castings.

on saturday, once they were back, we headed to lake Como. the tranport in Italy, and Europe in general, is so well planned out. complete oposite of the STO. we went to the closest train station, paid 4euros each for our ticket, didn't even wait for a train, and an hour later, we were in beautiful Como. we started off by looking fo this renouned pizzeria to eat lunch at. on the way, we stumbles upon what seemed to be a really nice hotel. but it's when we saw what the parking lot was filled with that me, dad and phil crosses the street to get a closer look. my friends, the parking lot was filled with lamborghinis. seven of them.

aw yeeeeeeeeah.

and this is what Como looks like! it's basically a little down at the base of Como lake surrounded by mountains. adorable.
after beer and piza (model food, i know), we decided to take anhour long boat ride on the lake :)

we went by numerous little towns like this one, perched on the mountain, right on the side of the water. many celebrities have villas on Como lake, actually.

this old man was cute.

and this one is m dad and he does the goofies faces on earth. but he's the best :)

the sun rays were amazing.

on sunday, dad, oasis and phil left, leaving me and mom alone in milano once more. to fill up the emptyness, or at least to get our mind off it, we went to a Michel Compte photo expo. that guy is so talented. one day, i'll shoot with him (:

yesterday and today are kindof slow casting wise. since i'm leaving in a bit more than a week, i can't cast for jobs i won't be in the country for. and since the rest of the family is away, things are feeling empty. so me and mom try to keep as busy as possible. sometime this week we'll go see the impressionist exposition, and since my birthday is coming up (sunday!) we're thinking about going to maybe Piza or some little town along the sea. we'll see (pun intented)!

ciao, M

oh wait! there's these couple pictures i wanna put on here.

now i don't know if i prefer colour of b&w. but i love skies (i think it shows).
this is the Sforza castle with a storm.

ciao for real!

mercoledì 4 maggio 2011

update 10: featuring shoes and lomo and brera (and no more typos)

today is a day to blog about. i mean, i slept in. on a week day. how much better can it get?
on a more serious note, i had a casting at two o'clock (for a hair salon, again) and then had the whole day off. we brought Phil to the ossuary (see pictures in a previous post somewhere lower) and walked around to find shoes for my prom. in a magazine a lady on the street gave me, i had ripped out the page featuring a marvellous, ideal pair of shoes. too bad they were Valentino and cost 620 euros. while window shopping, i spotted really nice shoes in a shop called Musto. and i got tem today. then have a retro feel and shape, while the fabric resembling lace gives a more modern, younger feel to them. oh and the dark champagne colour is just perfect to match with the emerald green of my dress.
walking some more in the adorable littlecobblestone streets resembling more alleys, we stmbled upon really nice shops. one of them we only noiced because of the old lady stepping out of it. she was wearing a classy skirt, a scarf, her little heels, her while almost purple hair curled to perfection and her cateye glasses. after i expertly took her picture without her noticing, she invited us into the shop. the clothes were designed beautifully. the fabrics used were flowy and soft and of the richest colours, it was to die for... at at least for your wallet to die of.
the next shop had a french name, which first caught our attention. stepping into it, it was full of recycled furniture and intricate artwork featuring animals. our favoutire pieces were the salt and pepper shakers, labelled as "heroin" and "cocaine". almost bought those. what we finished by buying though was a duet of guitar pics, labelled as "booze" and "drugs". we figured we'd make a neckale out of those.
all this walking was towards the lomography shop. Phil joined the family by buying a Holga135BC! i got a coloursplash flash, yay! we also got invited to their party tomorow nigh called "pictures and shots" where they'll be guessing games, picture taking and well, shots.
for supper, we stopped at the Bar Brera, known to be a studen spot hangout and one of the best places for the apéros. for those who are wondering what those might be: a very civilized thing. you buy a drink, you get a whole buffet of munchies.
time to head out, me and Phil are going to the movies to watch Fast Five in italian.

domenica 1 maggio 2011

update 9: milan entre amoureux

YES. things cannot be more perfect. on sunday, Phil arrived and we went to the airport to pick him up. after settling in at the apartement, we brought him downtown to take a look at the Duomo. sadly, because it was  easter, the staircase to the roof was closed. for supper we treated him to a restaurant on a terasse along via dante. on monday, it being easter monday, the agency was closed and we had another day all to ourselves. we did lots of walking as i showed him around to my favourite spots in town, including parco sempione, a beauuuutiful parc located quite close from downtown. on tuseday, things being still quite slow because of the long easter weekend (yea, italians are very fond of their easter holiday. quite catholic let me say) i didn't have any castings either. so we took the day as a shopping spree for mister who needed red pants. the italian men seem to all possess a pair. we didn't find the ideal one, but that'll come later in the post. wednesday was smooth also, having one callback, one casting, and another job at saldi privati. the main thing about thursday was that the owner of our apartement, sandra, invited us over to her place for a traditional italian supper. so me, phil and mom walked over to her (marvellous looking) apartement to eat (an amazing) meal. it all started off on the patio, with a glass of champagne and starters such as stuffed olives and parmesan and salami. we then moved inside for the bruchettas, the spaghetti bolognese and the tiramisu, all home made, all accompanied by local red wine. mmmm.
friday was busy. i started off early taking the metro away from town for an editorial in a magazine, to come back to town for a casting, to get a call from the agency to tell me to go work for saldi privati as soon as possible, and then go into the agency for them to give me the train ticket and the details for a test shoot i would have out of the the next day. the test, on saturday, was in Brescia, a town an hour or so away east. it's close to the mountains and the view was amazing. it was also with two other girls i knew from the agency, so we had fun all day. i even learned a bit of lithuanian, yes yes, by reading the back of one of the girl's book. at one point during the shoot, i got to wear a wig: a short bob with bangs in black. here's a picture for your pleasure.

bonjour, je m'apelle Amélie Poulain et j'ai un fabuleux destin.

oh also, somewhere n those days, we got the time to go the the top of the Duomo! so here are some pictures of the lovers on the top of milano. 

you can only see a tad of the Duomo in the pictuer above in the superior right corner but i swear we were on it. even if Phil looks a bit bored in the second picture.

i took this one from the train on the way back from Brescia:

you know that you can click on any picture in this blog to make it larger.
there was flowers and little yellow houses and a pretty sky so i snapped it. voilà!

today was spent sleeping in, walking around town, and buying red shorts for phil. a must-have in milanese fashion. tomorrow starts early!


sabato 23 aprile 2011

update 8: om nom noms

let me start off with wednesday night's supper. walking around the Porta Romana vicinity, we noticed a sign up in one of a restaurant's window saying: Wednesday Paella night. noted in the agenda it was and there were we. we started off with an appetiser of various seafood. using seashells as plates, fish and funghi were marinated in a delicious red sauce, white fish was marinated in lemon and the octopus was soft and juicy and delicious accompanied with potato cubes. the paella itself had it's milanese twist, being yellow instead of red, but was just as good. the clams and the safran and the peas mixed in the rice was just delicious. while we were eating, our very sweet waiter came by with a plate and said: "look what our chef just prepared! tiramisu! the best of all italy!" so we just had to try. while doing so and finishing off our white wine, we were looking over to the table next to us where a big man was eating his dessert, which looked like a mound of cauliflower dipped in dark and white chocolate. our waiter then asked if we wanted to try some of it, and said it was adessert typical of his region, sicilly. it was actually cooked sugar covered in chocolate and lemon. devilishly sweet, even i, who doesn't just have a sweet tooth but a mouth full of them, couldn't finish off the little pieces he gave us. maybe that was because of the huge plates i hate beforehand. oh well.
on thursday, i had a couple castings, incuding one at the agency. giorgio then informed me that i had a shoot later on that day with the same photographer i did the test of paper dresses with, i was fine with that since she was nice! once there, she informed me that we were going to shoot in a park at sunset. by then i was stoked. and then she told me that when she saw me in person, and held a camera before me, she saw a very soft romatic side of me, she wanted to shoot again in that style. so then i was really pumped. i love romantic, soft pictures, while most clients see me as very edgy and rock, and the picture i have taken here so far are in that style. the makeup artist did my face porcelain perfect. i mean i had no more beauty marks and no more freckles. it looked quite amazing though. i wore colourful dresses and was part of the nature. some beside a flowering tree, some beside a big trunk, some on a little tiny dock by the lake, some laying in the grass. the light was really amazing, going from light to dark. cannot wait to see these ones!
on friday, it being good friday and italian being very religious, the agency was closed so i had the day off. me and mom slept it and then decided to take a stroll all the way to the duomo. on a map, it looks suuuper far. but as we walked around milano more and more, and passed numerous metro stops in one day, we discovered that the city is smaller than it looks. so we decided to try it out, and as we predicted, the duomo is very close to home. on our way there, we stopped for gelato. i had my favourite, limone, and tried it with mandarin. mom was more exotic and tried fior de latte with violet. yes, violet as in the flower. it was sooooo good! we also stopped in a very old church that didn't look like much from the outside, but was beautiful on the inside. there was also this old, old lady with an extremely crooked back, i have to mention. we also stopped for a beer on a little terasse at the missori piazza where they also served little sandwiches, chips and pistachios. people are so civilised. oh, that morning, we also went for a gicantic shopping spree at the grocery store, but not before stumbling upon the Ducati milano store. oh yes. the monster is soooo adorable gah! there also had one of Valentino Rossi's old riding suits i touched. i also touched Troy Bayliss'.
today we started off the day with another grocery shopping spree consisting of beer-wine-tea-juice and miceallneous things like these. we then went downtown to see the Hayez exhibition. bathing in art culture is the best. i got to see The Last Supper AND Il Bacio real life. can't wait to see how much the rest of my art student fellows will have seen... tee hee.
tomorrow Philippe arrives. <3


mercoledì 20 aprile 2011

update 7: torino and more

today marks week three in Italy. time flies.
friday started by another musical metro ride. a couple of students were going from wagon to wagon with their violins, which they played very well. they were also accompanied by a anccordeon, which gave it a really cool twsit. when they got to the wagon me an mom were in, the were playin Pachebel's Canon. and they were playing it really well. and the whole thing, not just the part the majority knows. and with the accordeon in there, mom couldn't resist taking her change out. there's always interesting people in the metro. always. that morning there was also a very old man with a black cap propped on his head. it was sitting there so high, it made his head look like it was triangular. now, the best part was his face. he had a permanent sad face. not sad as in sad eyes, but his mouth was a true baboune. like :( really. all that because he was old and he didn't have teeth to keep his mouth placed normally.
on sunday, me and mom walked along the canal, going into little shops and people watching. the most romantic was a little couple along the canal, smooching away beside their vespa, glass of wine in hand. (oui, j'ai hâte à mort que Philippe arrive.) there was also two little girls, obviously sisters, sitting on the ground waiting for their parents to get out of a shop. one of them was reading Where The Wild Things Are, one of my favourite books as a child. well, even now I must say, it stays somewhere special in my heart. i get that kind of affection for books, yeah. anyway, she was wearing a little hat shaped to look like a strawberry over her head, and with her little sister in her pink clothes, i just had to take a picture. that done, whom i guess was their father came to me and asked me if i was taking a picture, and well i said yes, and asked if that was a problem (it wasn't but if it had been, oopsie, it's on film sorry!). while he was speaking to me, i notice in the background that the younger of the girls had stood up, said something in italian: mkjuayb PIPI njhnuagfna. and starts pulling her pants down on the spot. right there. that's when the man ran to her, ricked her up, running to the canal, turns around, re-think the idea, goes closer the canal, desperately looking for somethere for his cute little daughter to do her buisness. meanwhile, well, she had already started. me and my mom were already laughing, but it's when her older sister pointed and burst out laughing that it got even funnier. highlight of the day.
after that it was time to head to the central station to take the train to Torino! i got a job there for a hair magazine, yes, again. short hair is a big deal out here. it was my first time taking a train in europe, and i was hoping with all my might that the trains would be super old and adorable like the ones going to Hogwarts in Harry Potter. but noooooo, people don't seem to appreciate the look of older things, and all the trains i took were all new and modern and didn't belong anywhere near Hogwarts. life is a crisis when you know you belong at Hogwarts with Harry and Ron and you could read boks with Hermione. but noooooo, ì'm a muggle :( ah, the fantasies. back to reality. i had fourteen minutes time to make my connexion. and my train leaving Milan was ten minutes late. the train approached the platform a minute before the next one left. i ran to the closest timetable, ran the the platform my other train was at... only to see it leaving. great.
after taking the next train and finally getting to Salivgliano, the little town near Torino where the shoot was, i met the hairdresser and the photographer. they then told me we were waiting for another model who also had problems with her connexion. thanks for telling beforehand, having a travelling buddy makes things so much easier. which we did on the way back. once Marilia (yes, Marilia and Maia) got there, they brought us to our hotel and ordered pizza for us.
the next morning they picked us up and took us to the very nice hair salon. a little trim and makeup, and it was time to shoot. it was all rock-styled, with props: a mic, a stratocaster guitar, a keyboard and pieces of a drum set. i plugged in my ipod and started signing, and the photographer took pictures, and that was pretty much the day. fun stuff :) talking with Marilia, and both greiving about how we miss our boyfriends, i asked her what was his name. Felipe. coïncidence much?!? Maia is with Philippe and Marilia is with Felipe. no jokes.
on the way back, we also met some, how to say, interesting people. one man was walking along the alley, looking at us in a very creepy manner, and whispered to me ''God Save the Queen.'' naturally, i responded ''Sex Pistols.'' and he seemed happy and walked away. now, this was no Hogwarts train, but a man that looked exactly like Snape but with longer hair walked into our wagon. amazing moment. snape, snape, severus snape...
having a travel buddy went so well that we even got home early. booyeah!
i can add another red pin to my wold map in my room when i get back :)


mercoledì 13 aprile 2011

update 6: productiveness

let's start off with hoe productive the last two days have been. first off, yesterday I had four different castings. the first started at 9:30 am. I had been to all of them by 12:30. talk about rocking it! oh, one of them was even a callback for Beppe Buttinoni, a swimsuit photographer. who could have guessed! we then walked around to find a really cute, really good place for lunch. a mozarella, tomato and pesto pizza with a side of grilled veggies and beer to drink. words cannot describe, maybe only because i really am a sucker for pesto... anyway, we continiued up to via mercanti, where i was told was a lomography shop. aka little heaven. everything from octomats to horizons to LCAs to fisheyes to Dianas to Holgas to colorsplash... you get the point. my goal was to find a to then unfindable fisheye lens for my Holga 135, apparently rare. they didn't have it either. mujuh, i'll have to order it. but there is a but! they had that ringflash i have been drooling over. it's expensive :( who knows, it's my birthday in a bit more than a month... hehe. now here's the coolest par of the day: we went to see The Last Supper. oh, only one of the most important art pieces of all time by who else than Leo Da Vinci. we also got a Leo tshirt! before the visit, the hair had been filled with that before-rain odour i love so much. it then turned into a small thunder storm with occasional lighting strikes. we got somewhat wet walking back to the metro and to home, but considering I haven't been under my beloved rain, i confess i adored.
and for today's productive day. it started off with a test shoot. a couple beauty shots, and some definetly touching the higher fashion! the shoot was located in Monza. yes, that tiny adorbale filled with yellow-painted houses town where the most prestigious races occur. not to mention the italian alps on the horizon. that done, i call the agency, that tells me there's a casting i can attend. the guy seemed very pleased with my look and yeah, also loved my hair. as long as I don't only get hair jobs it'll be fine, haha. then again, it has been Agnyes Dean's starting point, and I would trade places with her anytime. once at the agency, my booker informed me that i would be working in an hour. just enough time to hop on the metro, take a little detour at one of the various locations for the milan desing week, and head to the studio. the job was for my "GTof milano." because it happens often, is easy and pays well. :) remember that first job i had had, for the web catalogue Saldi Privati? same people, different designer: Rawear yeeeeeeeah! tram back home, stop for a olive bread, made some supper, skype with Philippe que j'aime, and here I am.
Goodnight for me, ciao!

domenica 10 aprile 2011

update 5: brand new

sorry I haven't written anything on here in a couple of days, I just wanted to have enough things to write about!
on tuseday, the day started with a callback for Estetica, that huuuuge casting I waited hours at. after hours more at that callback, they chose then and there the models they wanted to book, making me not one of them. oh well. moving on. i had a huge gap until the next casting, so me and my mom sat down to this nice little restaurant and had our frizzante water with delicious pasta. and coffe, mmmm. we have that every morning but it's always so good, it's worth mentionning. oooh we also went to this reccomended gelato place and tried an amazing flavour: pink grapefuit. delicious. the next casting was at Vogue again, but there were so many girls in line and I had a job to get to, so I didn't make it to that casting.
the job was for Carlo Bay, that hairdresser I met a couple of days ago. the pictures are going to be featured in this hairdresser mag called Esprit. cool beans! except that the hairstylist burnt my scalp and im still picking at the scab.
on wednesday, i had this pretty cool test shoot! it was at this school where fashion design students had to make dresses out of only paper for this contest. they teamed up with the photography students for the shoot! the pictures will be exposed on their website and in the Ticinese museum, oh, and in my book. the first dress i woke was made out of hundreds of little bags of coffee sugar, if you see what I mean. it was sweet. pun intended. the second dress was totally boxy, lady gaga style, geometric and impossible to move in. the lighting was amazing for that shot though. i took  a picture of the picture on the screen at the shoot, haha, so it's not of any quality, but just for the idea.

quite the headmount, i know. working the light around that was a challenge! the origami flowers on the chest are an amazing idea, in my opinion!
on thursday i had some more castings, including for Marie Claire, Cosmopolitain and two other local designers I don't really know about. while running around for those castings, we got to make a quick stop to the roman colums and the oldest church in Italy. yes, i sat my butt where two thousand years ago, romans sat their butts. unreal. we also tried out a new gelato place caled Grom, apparently the connaisseur place for gelato. quite deceiving to tell the truth, i've had better! i must say me and my mom are becoming connaisseurs in the gelato departement.
only interesting think about friday is that I had a casting for Stella McCartney, yeeeeeeh.

now to the weekend. yesterday was pretty mellow. we went back to the roman pillar section of town, since we didn't have a whole lot of time on the first quick visit. i was looking for a lomography  shop to get a fisheye lens for my Holga, without success. I did find the new Radiohead cd though! score! then we wandered around the streets, stopping in cute shops along the way until we went back home, stopping to take out pizza to eat on out patio on the way there.
today was the flower festival along the navigli, so me and mom took the whole day as a huge photo opp! sadly for you guys, all day i've only been using my Holga so, no pictures until they're developped and I can scan them, maha! we finished the day off by a very impressive organ concert at a church. so powerful. to finish it off beautifully, we needed our almost-daily dose of gelato. my favourite has always been limone (lemon) but today, i have found its match, and my second favourite: mela (apple). party in my mouth.

on that note, i shall get to looking up how to get to various casting tomorrow.
ciao! M

PS: listen to some Brand New. especially Daisy and The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot. can't stop listening.

lunedì 4 aprile 2011

update4: weekend + monday

no work means touring!
saturday. i vaguely remember my mom shoving me very gently to wake me up. that only keeps me awake for thirty seconds, max. i hear the door close. ''oh yeeeeeah'', i think to myself. ''she was going to the grocery store.'' and boom, back to sleep. i don't know how much time later, the door slams again. ''oh riiiiiight, we were waking up early to go to the ossuary.'' and so we did.

The chapel, called Santo Bernando alle Ossa, was located very close to a hospital and it's cemetary. in times to plague and massive deaths,  the cemetary ran out of space, and the chapel became the ossuary. The walls are "decorated" by numerous, numerous skulls and other bones, mostly legs and arms. By bringing them to the chapel, they hoped the casualties would have better luck to go to heaven. The place itself is small and is definetly one of the oddest tourist attractions in town. Thus, i adored.
Mortui vivos docent.

Oh here's another event we ran into that confirms the greatness of the milanese. a car show. but an Alfa Romeo car show.  mmmmm. We also went back to the chocolate fair and got a couple little things, hehe.

sunday, early awakening. 325 000 tonnes of marble, 500 years or craftsmanship, 3500 statues, one majestic duomo. a greately well spend five euros (six if you're a weakling and take the tram up instead of walking the 167 stairs. yes, i counted). it was a bit foggy, even if the point in waking up early was to beat the humidity. on a clear day, you can see the apls on the horizon!  words can't really describe so here are pictures.

for the height, with a piece of the square.

carvings like these ornate the walls everywhere. not one spot is left blank. and they are all different.

a view os some of the statues, with the galleria down there

one of that statues looking over Milano

the tippy top :)

a look down at diverse flying butresses

a close up at one of the carvings in the wall, close to the main doors into the cathedral

a close up on one of the numerous representations that make one of the doors.

That's my best shots of the outside of the duomo. Here's some of inside :)

52 coloumns for the weeks of a year

Leonardo Da Vinci and artwork


a statue made by one of Da Vinci's students (the real one, not the sosie sitting there.)

The rest of sunday, we shopped. Yup. We had lunch on the roof of la Rinacente, a big eight-story building filled by only top of the line designer clothing. including a whole story for baby and children. me and mom think who the  hell would pay a hundred euros for their kid's gucci tshirt? then, on the handbag story, there is our answer. yes. people will actually pay that type of money. a maybe ten year old was wearing her crisp white collar top, burberry plaid skirt, tights and gucci shoes. the maybe seven year old boy was wearing his ralf lauren polo, clearly expensive jeans and also gucci shoes. my goodness we stopped in out tracks.  the basement is dedicated to designer lighting, chairs and everything homeware. including a big section of brick a brack in the lost marbles type. after hours and hours of wandering in clothes and furniture we obviously can never afford, i found my little heaven: a lomography stand! :D there were holgas (ma babbyyyyy), dianas, pop's, octomats, fisheyes, lenses, 120mm fiilm, all the jazz. so the only thing we bought in the Rinacente, super expensve high-class mall is a lomography colour 400 iso film. also available at urban outfitters anywhere.

We wandered some more, discovering other stores in our budget, and getting pieces at Zara.
and we stumbled upon another car show. ferrari.
you know what im about to say.
greatness of the milanese.

after a gelato, we were back to the apartement.

today, i had a call back. the guys really seemed to appreciate my hair and played in it and tossed it aound alot. i also met their client and he nodded. satisfaction? (the rolling stones are on tv) hopefully!
i also had two other very very long castings, for what i waited respectively two hours and an hour and a half for. the first told me i was too young. the second i have a callback for tomorrow!
it wasnt so bad since i got to know some other models and form the canadian crew. laughing about our bush expressions like "poking the bear", "pissing in the wind" and "shit hit the fan". and even putting them together in the fashion of "girl, if you poke the bear, shit will hit the fan." classy, i know.

on an ending note, tomorrow i have that callback i mentionned, another (maybe callback) casting for Vogue Sposa, and a job for Esprit. now if it is Epsrit as in the big brand, i have no idea. it is also affiliated with Carlo Bay, this hairdresser I casted for last week. we shall see!

buona cera, ciao!