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📸 An Eye for Life: My Week Online 🌸 Issue 2

Thanks for being here for Issue 2! Following years of newsletter woes, I’m happy to have found a place in which I look forward to regularly publishing a newsletter. I plan to always start with a short essay, move on to visuals I’ve enjoyed that week and close with highlights of what I’ve shared online since I last wrote.

a rose by any other name
Monday dawned gray and cloudy here in Los Angeles but I felt sunshine in my soul with the knowledge I’d get my second COVID vaccine shot that evening and the news a friend in Romania had just been able to schedule her vaccine appointment.
The first email I opened was Lindsey Tramuta’s newsletter containing the latest on pandemic life in France, specifically Paris, which she has called home since leaving Philadelphia in 2014. Lindsey is pragmatic yet hopeful. She paints a picture of what Paris is like now, what it may be like in the future and reminds us of what it was before the world changed so dramatically in March 2020. It got me thinking about that famous line from Romeo & Juliet,
What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, By any other name would smell as sweet.
a photo I took of the roses at Huntington Gardens here in LA
a photo I took of the roses at Huntington Gardens here in LA
Will Paris be the same after the pandemic? Will travel be the same after the pandemic? What is the same? Do we want “the same”?
In some cases, we probably do. Keeping with the Paris analogy, we probably want to experience some things about it just as we remember them, just as they were in The Before. As I like to refer to life before COVID-19.
Maybe we even need that.
But first, Paris needs to be a place that supports and takes care of its own, vaccinates its population and gives access to those who already call it home. So they can enjoy life outside of lockdown which has been far stricter for them than for many of us in the USA. As Lindsey points out, it is a living city full of real people that still exists without visitors even though in many ways it needs tourism. It’s still a rose. But depending on when we can next see it, it might not be exactly as we remember it. And we need to be ok with that.
And yet if there’s one lesson to be learned from this pandemic, it is that much of our lives - or elements of them - were due for some change anyway. We need a more just and fair society for individuals and the planet, more time in nature and less in the office, more responsible tourism and less that does damage to communities, better pay + treatment for all who are considered essential to society… and so much more.
Our lives may return to “normal.” But hopefully when this is “all over,” we’ll live every part of our lives - and we’ll imbue our communities - with more equality, more intentionality & more kindness.
and since I spoke of roses
When I saw this, from Oman,
Experience Oman
With the roses in full bloom, a multi-sensory treat awaits you where the fragrant flowers are perfuming the air and colouring the landscape of #JabalAkhdar

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📸 @rahman_alhinai

…I was reminded of one of my favorite visual stories ever created in France, by NY photographer-turned-Provencal-resident Jamie Beck.
I can’t mention Paris without sharing work by Marissa and my photo essay of Notre Dame [it’s been two years since the fire].
A Summer Stroll Through Paris & the Jardin des Plantes -
also online this week
I was reminded of my love for Art Nouveau.
6 Themes That Defined Illustrator Alphonse Mucha’s Iconic Art Nouveau Posters
I learned the story of how one of my favorite pieces of public art in Los Angeles came to be.
It all started with a lucky find at the Rose Bowl Flea Market.

Learn the full story of "Urban Light."
and I shared the mic in a #TwitterSpaces with the incredibly talented Eulanda of Hey! Dip Your Toes In. I ❤️ this portrait she captured:
Hey! Dip Your Toes In
Powerful conversations around storytelling, knowing your camera, privilege, and more happening on #TwitterSpacesTravel
if this week's news about
Daunte Wright, Caron Nazario, Adam Toledo and the shootings in Tennessee break your heart too - join me in supporting and/or donating to Advance Peace, Moms Demand, Reclaim the Block, MPD150, Cure Violence, or one of these other organizations. I’m also still supporting my Asian friends like Yvonne through these actions.
I'll leave you with,
this archival photo of mine taken in Lithuania [looking forward to traveling again one day and having new images to share!]
I hope to see you back here next Friday for the third edition of An Eye for Life: My Week Online. 💛 ✨
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Kirsten @kirstenalana

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