All About You, Love

If I am to write anything fine or noble in the future I shall do so only by listening at the doors of your heart.— James Joyce


Opening yourself up to love means the world around you changes. This evening subtle light seems to almost change the time, with first glances onto enchanting new feelings. A late dessert, as the best feature of a lovely night, is set against a retro story that reminds how old and simple happiness is. I love you.

Art, like love, elevates our spirits and invigorates our lives. Fondly passionate about the 60s and 70s—the creative influence of this lovely dessert—I was especially excited to create a contemplative feeling of those times. My photographic and film explorations have always led to searching a deep expression in art, an expression that cultivates a sense of time and place. I often feel creatively inspired by the beauty of the past times, and use the spirit of a particular era to tell the story of what it represents to me. Reimagining the timeless spirit of art and love with photography can only create a beautiful image of the romantic, the creative, the spiritual, the intellectual and universal of life itself. Love graciously and always!

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Florilegium Design in Communication Arts and a Winter Tart

“Making art is all about humans and our psychology: who we are, how we behave, what we do with the hand we’ve been dealt. It’s closer to your own bone when it’s a memoir, but the bone is still the bone.” - A.M. Homes

I would love to share with you the latest news about Florilegium and what I've been up to in the past weeks. First and foremost, I was excited to see Florilegium's first volume featured on the Communication Arts' website. I am so happy to see that my work, and most notably my magazine, is drawing people with its interesting design, surprising photography projects, illustration and text. As the largest international trade journal of visual communications in the US, Communication Arts has featured pages from Florilegium that showcase combined influences from graphic design, nature and contemporary art, influences that I used to develop a one-of-a-kind visual language.

I have also worked on making available Florilegium's volume one on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and you find it as well in my online shop in a special signed edition. The magazine will be distributed soon in more locations across the world. Now you can get a feel of Florilegium's content (illustrations below by Aitch) and a taste of the quiche recipe I produced for its first issue. When creating the recipe and photographs I was inspired by the contrast of the flower's colors and textures with the painterly lighting, and I've used simple geometry to evoke both natural and man-made aesthetics.

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Fall in Prague, a Pizza Recipe and Webstock Awards 2015 and IPA 2015

Everything about fall is wonderful: the yellow ochre foliage, the air that starts to crisp, the wind and calm of all changing nature around. I couldn't be happier to enjoy all this beauty fall is offering to us, where else than in Prague. Roaming around Prague' streets couldn't be more romantic than in fall. The way this city embraces its fairy-tale look with the magic of the season can melt anyone's heart. I love how calm fall seems to be, with its short days that leave one alone in their thoughts to daydream, to recharge as the seasons change.

Fall came not only with its charismatic looks, but also with some nice accolades for my work. Thus, I was happy to find out that my blog has been awarded for best use of photography at Webstock Awards 2015 with a second prize, and at the International Photography Awards 2015 I was awarded two honorable mentions in fine art - still-life and abstract category, for my thesis project "Life from Light". From 17832 of submissions, I couldn't be happier to find my project this year as well among the selections of the jury.

And as the seasons change, I started working on new projects for the upcoming year, projects that have been on hold for a while due to my other priorities at SCAD. I needed time to get caught on these ideas and start execute them, reason why this blog has been updated sporadically. However, just because I am working on a different range of photographic projects doesn't mean that I will not come back here to write and share my stories with you. In fact, as many of you might have noticed, this place is growing up alongside me, is changing, incorporating more of my current interests and experimentation in the field of arts. And I really needed it to reflect my current artistic persona, and the way this is progressing and getting better. For instance, you will see more and more of my videography projects and equally food, but it is not that type of blog that focuses only on what's happening in the kitchen. From its beginnings this blog has been setting new trends giving voice to my artistic ideas and sharing them with the world.

Food represents the subject matter that has government my artistic practice in the past years, and it is still informing it in a big way, however, there are so many other things that spark my interest and need my attention to make them happen. They say that an artist needs to be curious enough to continuously find new ways to express creativity, and I am so ready to experiment and create new perspectives on what I think it resonates best to me. But until I can effectively share more of that with you, I can visually lead you into my fall journey this year, with this autumnal pizza that has the best of harvest in it: walnuts, beetroots, zucchini to keep boosting your energy even on cold weather.

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