Playlist for Sarah

I like to make playlists. Playlists not to be played on shuffle, but to be enjoyed in sequence — like the continuous, cyclical, and reversible staple of the 80s, the magnetic tape cassette. The Mixtape, predecessor to the CD and the album-concept shattering mp3 music player. The format that required sitting by the radio waiting to tape the request you called in or bootlegging an entire mix from your collection — until the advent of the internet and the iPod.

Now, the iPod Playlist that’s capable of shuffling randomly unlimited tracks into a seemingly concise compilation that’s really just computer hap. My single “running” playlist of a couple hundred high bpm songs can be shuffled into a nearly infinite number of uniquely ordered jumbles. Also useful for parties.

The new standard changed the game of music listening and sharing. If everyone still had tape players or even cd players, I’d be making those to share. A great resource that’s popped up in this tradition is the site 8tracks, where people create mixes with this in mind.

Anyway, I’ll be sharing with you and the internet those playlists here on my blog as I make them. Often they’re made for a friend or with a theme in mind.

This one was made for my friend Sarah while abroad in Paris as she cared for two Frenchlings by day and explored the City of Lights by night.

The Voluntary Parisienne:

Message to Sarah accompanying the playlist:

“Those songs are pretty much ones I can imagine listening to around Paris set at night and in a soft shower, glistening and reflecting the lights. Try it.”

Llama llama duck

I was once a tree house
I lived in a cake
But I never saw the way
The orange slayed the rake

Last Sunday, when my car need to be towed from Newtown, I went on assignment to a Llama farm and took pictures. Bonus youtube videos below (llama related (y’all know I love silly youtube videos)).


Found this gem from the Rowanwood Farm website. Visit their site to meet all their llamas and to learn more about the Llama Hiking Adventures.

And a true classic from the infancy of the internet, one of the first ‘viral’ videos I ever saw, and ostensibly my favorite, The Llama Song:


Culture Tea

I was on assignment today in Wilton, at the first — very authentic — tearoom to the area. Shu-Chuan and Alexander couldn’t have been nicer. They offered me a couple exotic and delicious teas, and I hope I returned the favor with my photographs. I think these turned out great, and I can’t wait to see them in the paper. It’s a beautiful store, and I wish them luck on their opening tomorrow! Look for them on Sunday, Sept. 11. in Hearst Newspapers, and the article written by Joe Meyers.

Mike and Katie marry

A few selected photographs from the wedding weekend. Cheers, you two!


Doubledecker Treehouse for The Connecticut Post

From today’s Sunday Arts & Style Section, on the cover in today’s Connecticut Post!


Full Article

Vintage Polaroid Land Camera Model 95

The original Polaroid instant camera. Found this vintage beaut at a white elephant sale in Ridgefield this morning for deal: $20. These can sell for upwards of $80, but this one’s going directly into my personal camera museum.


There’s slim hope that I’ll ever produce a photograph from this box, as it takes roll type 42 film that’s very hard to find. And if I do find it, it’s likely 50 years old and well beyond expired.

However, I did some researching into this camera and found that a bunch of folks have modified this model and others similar to use modern pack film, and some have even converted them into 4×5 cameras. Since the novelty of its current condition is what interests me most, I’ll be on the lookout for its intended film.




Anyway, it’s a great find and an awesome historical addition to my collection. Keep an eye out for vintage film, my friends.


–  Kyle