In an attempt to bring some cohesion and NOT TOTAL UGLINESS to the ‘coffee station’ in our kitchen I created a few different variations of this coffee print. I think I am going to use the black one, it matches our retro black and white checkered floor. P gets up before me (in my old life I was a math teacher and got up at the crack of dawn) and makes coffee and brings it to me in bed(!). I’m sure he’ll notice the Gill Sans Ultra Bold evvvery morning.
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I’m in a bit of a hurry so I won’t wax poetic about why I love India, the country of my birth and heritage, but I’ll quickly tell you a little bit about the prints. The top one is the first line of a beautiful old patriotic song about India. (I remember it from the Indian school I went to on Saturdays, so it wasn’t a total wash Mom and Dad). The second is obviously a map of India with a heart on Calcutta (now Kolkata, but I don’t call it that) where I was born. The third is a picture of the Rajdhani Express -if you’ve ever talked to me about India you’ll know my favorite thing to do is get a first class ac ticket and ride around India by train, (something that I’ve yet to do with P). The last is a map of all the Indian railways, again with a heart on Calcutta…when we visited India growing up, we always ended up taking the Rajdhani from New Delhi to Calcutta, either to visit cousins there or in Jamshedpur (a small city a few hours outside of Cal). Those are some of my favorite memories.
Here and here are the maps so you can add your own heart.
And remember, these are for private non-commercial use only, dhanyawad.
These are also a part of where my where we’ve lived series.
Phew, I’m exhausted by making these and it’s ceasing to be fun so I think Madison and Boston are going to have to wait until next week.
Happy Independence day to all you Americans!
Here are my Jozi prints, from my places we have lived series. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy life in Joburg. The top is obviously a map of Johannesburg in South Africa, the second one is all the stops of the Gautrain (for those font lovers), and the last two started as photos of iconic Johannesburg landmarks -the Hillbrow and Sentech towers, and ended up like this. We have some lovely friends who are sadly leaving to go back to the UK (such is the expat cycle) and I am planning on framing and giving one to them.
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For today’s installation of my print project, I’m honoring Berlin. It was the first time in P’s and my relationship that we got to live in the same city (let alone the same country). We lived there for two years and travelled all over Europe together using it as our base, and the only tragedy about that is I wasn’t into photography then. Jetting off to Istanbul or Cote d’Azure or Santorini, or even Cairo -a new place, often two, every month was part of the beauty of living there. Loads of our friends visited us there also, so we have many lovely memories with them. When my sister studied abroad in Copenhagen for 6 months we got to see her monthly, and that’s more than I’ve gotten to see her in a long time.
P moved there first for a Fulbright fellowship and after saying he’d be back in 10 months (famous last words), good career opportunities presented themselves and eventually I moved there to teach Math at an international school (hi T!) so we could be together. Berlin, the city of too cool for school hipsters (you think Williamsburg is bad?), artists and “artists”, parties like you’ve never seen, cheap rents (like huge, 15 foot ceiling 120 sq mtr apartments for 1,000 euros cheap), bombed out buildings, an incredible public transport system, and of course the Flachspüler.
I put a heart on Yorckstrasse, the stop of the aforementioned incredible apartment. Not everyone lives at Yorck so here and here are the two maps without a heart (you could add one in any simple program, even Word). I’m most proud of this series so far, it took me forever to remove the backgrounds and get U-bahn system/bear/skyline to be the only thing that’s left (I’m a photoshop novice).
For private, non-commercial use only, danke schoen.
1. & 2. Berlin’s metro map, 3. The Berlin coat of arms, and 4. The Berlin skyline.
Also this is for our Berlin friends who made the best photo-booth that ever was: