Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Christmas shopping in snowy NYC, 1984.

Christmas shopping in New York City. Photo by Frank Horvat, 1984.

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In honor of the winter storm headed our way to give us a white Christmas this year.

Friday, December 4, 2020

Warm lights.

1. The New Yorker Hotel sign and the Chrysler Building. 2. The New Yorker Hotel sign and the Empire State Building, photographed by Jay B. Wilson.

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This is a cozy sight to me. For some reason, it reminds me of this time of year in particular, like heading out on a blustery December night for dinner reservations with some friends. The holidays and lots of lights: two things that make this city so viscerally memorable.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Rainy day in NYC.

St. Patrick's Cathedral. 5th Avenue, NYC.

Source: unknown.

It's a rainy day today here in NYC, and inconvenience notwithstanding, it's the kind of weather that makes me sentimental about New York, especially around this time of the year when everything is gearing up for the holidays. It reminds me of running to catch a train, darting between the jungle of umbrellas of bewildered tourists, determined commuters, and other New Yorkers on a mission (is that a weird thing to feel nostalgic about?) or meeting up with friends between classes for a chai tea latte and a jumbo cookie at Starbucks... It's funny to think how rain can make NYC feel so cozy and familiar to me, kind of like a well-worn, comfy sweater.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Bella New York.

New York skyline, 1991. Scan by Luigi Donatello.

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Friday, August 28, 2020

New York City skyline.

New York City Skyline, 1984. | Photograph taken by Kent Almqvist. | NYC, places, travel, lifestyle | Allegory of Vanity.jpg
New York City skyline, photograph taken by Kent Almqvist, 1984.

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Roses for June.

Rose Garden at The Huntington Library, California. | flowers, florals, roses, garden, vintage, film photography, places, travel, California | Allegory of Vanity
Rose garden at The Huntington Library, California.

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Saturday, May 23, 2020

Lecce, 1988.

Ferdinando Scianna, Fashion and Baroque. Lecce, Italy, 1988. | Allegory of Vanity
Ferdinando Scianna, Fashion and Baroque. Lecce, Italy, 1988. | Allegory of Vanity
Fashion and Baroque, photographed by Ferdinando Scianna. Lecce Cathedral, Church of Saint Mary of the Assumption. Lecce, 1988.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Sicily, 1987.

Marpessa Hennink at Solunto, photographed by Ferdinando Scianna for Dolce & Gabbana, Sicily, 1987. | fashion, places, Italy, Sicily, inspiration, vintage | Allegory of Vanity
Marpessa Hennink at Solunto, photographed by Ferdinando Scianna for Dolce & Gabbana. Sicily, 1987.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Skull and Cross

Skull + Cross | Florence, Italy 2016 | Allegory of Vanity

"Cause of our joy, pray for us."


An unexpected structural detail worked into the facade of a very old building in a small private alley in Florence. The buildings around Florence (and even around Rome, for that matter) are full of these little embellishments that often seem to serve a dual purpose: veneration and aesthetic inspiration.