Omaha Photo Diary: Part 1

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Last Saturday morning my parents, my sister, and I loaded our many pieces of luggage into our trusty minivan in preparation for our lengthy road trip to Nebraska. Our relatives live in Omaha, so almost every year we get in the Honda minivan and drive through the countryside to visit them. The trip takes about 20 hours each way, but my sister and I make the drive more fun: we watch movies, play games (remember I spy?), and gaze out the window at the mesmerizing rolling hills.

The sights really are beautiful; the country looks nothing like urban New York, or even NY suburbia. Farms with bright green crops and barrels of hay and roaming livestock spread for what seems like forever on both sides of Interstate 80. Every once and a while we would pass a small town or truck stop, but for the most part, the land seems virtually untouched, which is not a common sight nowadays.

We stopped for the night on Saturday in South Bend, Indiana in your regular Holiday Inn. The next morning, right before we resumed our journey, we took a quick drive through the Notre Dame campus. (I’m currently looking at colleges to attend because I am a rising senior, AH!) I haven”t toured a campus school that was as large as Notre Dame and it was beyond beautiful. I would love to go to school there.

We finally arrived at my grandma’s house in Omaha Sunday night. We were greeted my my grandparents, my aunt and uncle, and my cousins. It really feels like a home away from home. For this week, I’ll be blogging, tweeting, emailing, etc. from right here at my grandma’s kitchen table.

xoxo Linds

 

Bill Cunningham New York

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For those of you who don’t know who Bill Cunningham is, he is one of the most influential photographers in the fashion industry. Since his early childhood, Bill has been snapping photos of ordinary people on the streets of New York City who are wearing clothes that are anything but ordinary.

Bill Cunningham New York is a documentary produced in 2010 about Bill’s life and his amazing work. I’m upset I haven’t been too familiar with Bill’s work because it’s something very unique and special. The documentary depicts the real Bill ¬†and I think it will be a pleasantly surprising fresh air for most. Bill doesn’t photograph for fame, for money, or for the celebrities, he does it because it makes him happy.

One of the things that shocks me the most is that Bill is 83 years old! The entire day Bill rides around NYC on his bicycle scoping out the most interesting characters in the masses. The photos he takes really embody the feeling of the people and he and his team at the New York Times, where he reports for the Sunday Style section, arrange the photos in perfectly eye-catching and cohesive pieces.

I won’t spoil the whole film but if you are at all interested in fashion, photography, or even in the newspaper, I would definitely recommend watching this documentary.