Lake Tahoe – Smoky Images

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A Ghostly Abyss

Lake Tahoe – Smoky Images is a 3 part photo essay on the duality of disaster. As is typically the case when I travel, I had to jettison my expectations within the first few minutes of arriving at a destination. The last time I visited Lake Tahoe was in 1999. I was under 30, recently rejected from a job in Rome I had wanted more than any other job before or since, and had just visited the Napa Valley for the first time. I lost my only black and white roll of film on that visit 15 years ago. [Read more...]

Folded Napkins – 5 Years of Commitment to Design

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Folded Napkin

Happy 5 Year Anniversary Juliet! Today marks another notch on a societal calendar reminding us that we should celebrate. As if we need any reminders to do what comes so naturally to us. Since the day you sat across from me, in the now defunct “Gravitas” restaurant in Houston, we have celebrated yearly, monthly, and often daily ceremonies of love and experience.

In so many ways I think you were born to celebrate. In no way is this more beautifully illustrated than the large kitchen drawer, in our new apartment, filled with perfectly folded decorative napkins. No matter how small the place we have called home since leaving Houston 3 years ago, we have had a devoted space for gorgeous table linens, fine place settings, and exceptional service-ware. This is no accident. This is the life we have chosen, shaped, and mostly you, have designed.

These folded napkins are the visible outreach of your attention to the details of the heart. Few can see your ability on display, healing the broken hearts of your patients and their families. Few could know the intricacy of our creative life, and the commitment you have to me, and my challenging career pursuits. What people can see is, your radiant smile, your abundance of colorful scarves (mentioned in a prior anniversary letter), and the intricate folds of your beloved serviette(s).

By default, your creativity is crowded in your profession, so your passion is channeled in textiles, flowers, and paint colors. Your vision for our future includes even more color, more detail, and more intricacy than I can easily comprehend. I have grown to love our napkins, and not only because they represent an impending meal. I love them because I see your hands in every careful bend in their fabric. I know when they are out, that our simple weeknight repasts are elevated. More and more often I crave our time cooking, sharing, and our beloved Beethoven.

As people, I think it is essential that our grasp of our spouses must grow, equal to our wish to better ourselves. To me, the more I know about you, the better I have become. I like to believe I know some of the things that bring you joy, and I often try to avoid more of the ones that bring you pain. I miss the mark certainly, but my intention to do it right continues to grow.

We celebrate 5 years tonight with a meal, great wine, and just us, alone in a new home we are growing to love. However, we understand our celebration is not limited to the specifics of time and place, it is continual. For we have celebrated for years in our home, together. We will not measure the success of our marriage in years, countries visited, or professional accomplishments achieved together. We can measure the success of us, by pretty little pieces of cloth, folded with precision, displayed with love, and frequently shared.

Thank you Juliet for being you, unwavering in your design, and your desire to design our lives. I love you so much more than I knew I was capable of loving.

Michael

The Italy Rules

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The Gondolier

The Italy Rules are my set of guidelines for the first-time and infrequent Italy traveler. I have traveled to, lived, and worked in Italy frequently over the past 20 years. In this time I evolved from a curious tourist to hardened, salty, veteran of the trials, travails, and pitfalls, of one of the world’s most visited countries. One usually dreams of Italy for years before finally setting their foot into the proverbial boot. The dream usually crashes in much less time. This post is really for the traveler who has not been deep into the Amazon or climbed to base camps in Nepal. This post is for those of you who enjoy modern conveniences, large bathrooms, and the amenities of a comfortable Western life. For the most part, I am you. I love my big bed, my central heat and air, and my very fast wi-fi connection. However, Italy is reason enough for me forego these luxuries for a few weeks or months out of every year.

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iPhone Imaging Classes – How do you do this stuff?

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I teach iPhone imaging classes in the Bay Area and around the country. If you would like to get better results from your iPhone camera, let me help you. I offer group classes and one-to-one lessons. I also lead trips abroad, where we shoot, eat, and enjoy great wines, in some of the world’s most wondrous settings. My programs will make you a better iPhone photographer. Please read on for pricing, dates, and programs. The images here I have recently submitted to photo contest for the Mid Peninsula Regional  Open Space District

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Olympus Stylus 1 Trials – Russian Ridge

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Olympus Stylus 1 Trials at Russian Ridge is part 1 of a series of photos I have taken with my new Olympus Stylus 1 Camera. I am slimming down my camera bag for upcoming trips to Mexico, Northern California, and Denver. This amazing piece of equipment takes beautiful images and weighs so very little compared to my Nikon DSLR. These shots, taken at Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve, show some of the capacity that this little gem of a camera has, equipped only with its factory settings. [Read more...]

iPhone Imaging Class – California Wine Country

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My next  iPhone Imaging class is in the California Wine Country’s El Dorado County Feb. 22nd at Miraflores winery. This is my third event with Miraflores and I could not be happier working with this fine winery and great group of people.  I am pleased to announce we have 6 spots left for this 4 hour intro to iPhone imaging (and wine tasting).

We will touch on composition and light, as well as the tools to process images into fantastic memories and/or pieces of art. Please see the winery posted details below and give them a buzz if you would like to join.

Hope to see you there! [Read more...]

Travel and the Ethereal Images

Travel and the Ethereal Images is the link to our gallery show Nov 2-26, 2013 at Miraflores Winery in Placerville, CA. There will be 2 artists receptions this weekend Nov 2 and 3rd at 1PM each day. Join us for wine, conversation, and a chance to enjoy our work. Click any image to begin a full-screen slide show (manual controls included) with details, sizing, and pricing information.

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Travel and the Ethereal — A mobile photography exhibition Michael and Juliet Housewright are mobile phone photographers inspired by years of foreign travel. Their work has been featured in yearly shows in Denver, Vermont, and the outstanding online publications, Your Life is a Trip, and Hipstography. Their first exhibition at Miraflores features images shot using only an iPhone in Hong Kong, Italy, California, Utah, Vietnam, and Colorado. Their work often blurs the lines between the concrete and the abstract. What is apparent immediately is how close the viewer feels to the subjects of the photos and how incredible the sense of place has been captured using only a mobile phone. You may see more of their work at www.theblissfuladventurer.com or at Miraflores. A reception for the artists both days at 1 pm.

Travel and the Ethereal – Our first solo photo gallery show!

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One of the Centerpieces of our show

Travel and the Ethereal  is our first solo photo gallery show! Beginning Nov. 2nd,  16 of our most treasured images displayed in a  limited engagement at the wonderful Miraflores winery in California’s Sierra Foothills. Artists’ receptions November 2nd and 3rd at 1PM each day, with wine and one-on-one time with Juliet and me. This is one of the proudest moments of my adult life and 2+ years of devotion to this craft to make it happen. If you are in Northern California we would love to see you, and please tell your friends. It is because of the amazing support I have received on this blog that I am at this point in my career. A huge thank you to my amazing readers and brilliant colleagues. [Read more...]

Our Work Chosen for Gallery Show!

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Juliet’s Big Sur “Collision” was chosen! (all rights reserved)

In what was enormous good news around our camp, Juliet and I had images selected by a professional jury for the 3rd Annual Gallery NRC Mobile Phone Photography show in Denver Colorado. All images must have been taken and edited (preferably) with a mobile phone. As many of you know Juliet was in the show last year with this amazing shot of Venice. The show runs September 26, 2013 – October 19, 2013 and is free to the public. We will have framed images and prints for sale at the exhibition. We are fully committed to continuing our lives in this creative pursuit and one day hope to operate a gallery of our own.

Please enjoy viewing these images as we enjoyed capturing and editing them.

Cheers,

M&J

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Captured just a few short miles from the Gallery NRC Spring of 2012 (image by Juliet and all rights reserved

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I jumped in front of the vintage cable car along SF’s Embarcadero (all rights reserved)

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My 645 Pro Capture just above the famous Ridge Monte Bello Vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains (all rights reserved)

 

 

Photo trip to Puglia – The Time is Now

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Capture Images Like These

Only one week remains to join us for The iPhone and Puglia trip to Italy Oct 22-29. Click Here to See Trip Details[Read more...]