medium /// photography




amy friend





Sigh. Vintage photos covered in fireflies! Well, not really, but that’s what I like to imagine. Canadian photographer Amy Friend has just created a whole bunch of new work, as a continuation of her magical Dare alla Lucce series. I’ve written about this series before, but in case you haven’t seen that, and you’re wondering what these stunning pieces are all about, here is Amy’s description:

“Through hand-manipulated interventions I altered and subsequently re-photographed the images “re-making” photographs that oscillate between what is present and what is absent. I aim to comment on the fragile quality of the photographic object but also to the equal fragility of our lives, our history. All are lost so easily. By playing with the tools of photography, I “re-use” light by allowing it to shine through the holes in the images. In a somewhat playful and yet literal manner, I return the subject of the photographs back to the light, while simultaneously bringing them forward. The images are permanently altered; they are lost and reborn, hence the title, Dare alla Luce, an Italian term meaning, “to bring to the light”, in reference to birth.”

Brilliant, and oh so dreamy! I am lucky enough to have one of her pieces from a few years ago, but all of these new images are currently available at Citizen Atelier. {Go now!}





stephanie vovas

I’ve written about LA based photographer Stephanie Vovas a lot over the years. Last fall I included some of her always sassy, 1960s B-movie-esque work in the show I hung at The Fig House, and I’m thrilled that she’s also one of the artists featured in my book. When we finally met in person last November, it was friends at first sight! Speaking of amazing soul-sisters in LA, I also met my now very dear friend Autumn Reeser a couple of years ago, thanks to twitter. She’s a fantastic actor {Hawaii 5-0, Last Resort, Entourage, The OC…} and founder of Move LifeStyle. Anyway, being the matchmaker that I am, I just knew that these two fabulous, fun, beautiful, talented, LA based women had to meet, and obviously, do a shoot… and they did! Here are the very sultry, very vintage results of a day they spent together this past March:





See! I knew they’d make magic! … and then, well, I may have found my way in front of Stephanie’s camera for a minute or two as well. Ready? Oh boy, here we go…

I got Vovas’d! So fun, but also really weird to get that much attention… we had our hair transported back to the 60’s by the lovely Nicole, our smokey makeup applied by the always fabulous Stephen, and then of course, Stephanie and her camera transformed us into vintage bombshells! Autumn made it look so easy, and I did my best. Stephanie also caught a little bit of “behind-the-scenes” action, which was fantastic as it mainly involved playing with Autumn’s sweet little boys:

It was an amazing day spent with a group of truly lovely people, who I am so happy to call my friends. Thanks for taking me along on this very glamorous ride!

ps. Also, I got to hold that lil peanut for a reallllllly long time! ♥





maría aparicio puentes



I wrote about an architect/artist yesterday, and here we are again! Instead of giant, precise paper flowers, today is all about black and white buildings and some very precise, colorful embroidery. This is a new body of work by one of my favorite artists, Chilean artist María Aparicio Puentes. If you happen to be in Madrid between now and June 15th {lucky you!} you can pop in and see this gorgeous work in person {lucky you, again!}. Here’s the info:

Title: Geometrías compartidas: Barcelona – Santiago de Chile
Dates: May 20 – June 15 014
Where: Arte Lateral Santa Ana. – Plaza Santa Ana 12, Madrid Spain

ps. María happens to be one the artists featured in my second book, COLLAGE. You should see the piece that she made for it… so, so good!






nick dilallo



I love numbers, and I love New York … so yes… I love this photo series titled New York Numbers by Nick DiLallo. He sent me an email with a link to his number-covered instagram feed, and I wanted to start working on this post immediately. I wrote him back to do a bit of pre-post fact checking, and silly me, assumed he was a professional photographer. Nope. He’s a copywriter at an ad agency by day, and an instagramming / number loving genius later that day. Don’t you love it when super talented people surprise you like that? Me too.

*How great is that 85? Coral & teal, those shapes… it’s so perfectly 1985!  ♥





todd baxter


Boy, those owl scouts cannot catch a break! Doesn’t this look like an amazing movie? Well, it’s not, because it’s not a movie! Nope, these are a few theatrically stunning photographs from a series by American photographer Todd Baxter, titled Owl Scouts. Those poor little owl scouts are not having the best day, but they sure are gorgeous! It took me a minute to realize that they were photos… they’re so painterly, beautifully lit, and completely fantastical. If Wes Anderson ever decides to do a much darker version of Moonrise Kingdom, I think Todd might have a few excellent art direction ideas.

ps. That close up of the fox face/custom scout badges, is killing me. Love!

{via lula’s walls}





autumn de wilde

Gasp! How gorgeous is this outdoor installation by photographer Autumn de Wilde?! It’s titled Lighting, Layers and Reflections, and from what I can tell she built it/shot it for a Chrysler Escalade ad. Well, whatever it was for, I just can’t get over how gorgeous these little, colorful, mirrored houses are! Oh, I sure hope they left them there after the shoot was over… can you imagine road-tripping past these beauties just as the morning sun is coming up?





nanna hänninen



Simple black & white photography + the perfect pull of a palette knife = gorgeous results! This is the work of Finnish artist Nanna Hänninen, and I have to admit I am completely smitten. Her color choices are stunning, and that pulled paint almost looks like flames burning those elegant B&W images. Sigh. Love.





dear 2013…




Dear 2013,

This is our last day together, so I just wanted to say… you were amazing.

You were filled with art that was delicate, mysterious, funny, touching, strange, controversial, and breath-taking.

You were there when I finished my first bookand started on my second.

You took me to all sorts of lovely places like Salt Lake CityChattanoogaAustinLA, and Maui. {ps. In January, Stefan Sagmeister kissed me in SLC, so that was a pretty great way to kick off the year!}

You gave me the chance to guest write for lovely folks like Victoria Smith on sfgirlbybay, Emily Henderson, and Anthology Magazine.

You were the first year that I really gave my own artwork a shot… even if I resisted. A lot.

You were the year I spent settling into a new town, and home, with my amazing husband and super sweet little boy. We had twelve months of adventure ~ making new friends, swimming in the lake, fishing, jumping off docks, and eating more ice cream than three people should ever consume.

You were also the one that introduced me to so many lovely new friends {like Stephanie, Emily H, Ginny, Leah, Emily LSamantha, Mark, Alyson, Melinda, & Diana}, and gave me time to visit with some really wonderful old friends {Autumn, Kathleen, Jessica, Mary-Jo, Janette, Melanie, Meleny, Christy, Janna & Jason, Kira … love you guys!}. AND there are so many more of you who I plan to catch up with in 2014… I’m talking to you Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, New York, Toronto and Vancouver friends! I might even make my way to Paris and London {fingers crossed!}

And finally, you did a pretty good job of teaching me how to slow down, so that I could truly enjoy everything along the way. Thanks. I needed that!

So, with that I’ll say bye bye, 2013. I can’t wait to meet your pal, 2014… I’m pretty excited to see what she’s got in store for all of us.

~ danielle xo

Happy New Year, everyone. I hope you have an amazing, fun, safe night tonight! Thank you so much for being part of my little world, I appreciate it more than I could ever put into words.

Ok, are you ready? 2014. Let’s fill it up with creative genius… GO!

{1. Prospect Goods 2. Rachel Castle 3. CONFETTI SYSTEM 4. Max Wanger 5. ROTGANZEN}





jenny fine



So weird, and beautiful, and weird, and sad. Quite appropriate given that the title of this series, by American artist Jenny Fine, is titled The Saddest Day. It really was, and here’s why:

“In the throws of it, one hardly knows what to do.  It is a hard feeling to name. It’s a lump in the throat, a shortness of breath. It’s hands that tremble knowing that they must work fast. “This is it,” I kept thinking, I kept speaking under my breath, as if saying it out loud made the moment more real. She was leaving, we knew that full well, and there was nothing we could do.

I come from a family of farmers.  When my father was little my grandparents raised pigs.  On the coldest day of the year the hogs were slaughtered and their bodies were dragged to the roof of the house to freeze. One year the hogs took sick and the entire herd had to be slaughtered on the same day. It was my father’s job, together with the other children in the family, to help kill the pigs. This day was known as ‘The Saddest Day’.

This series of medium format photographs, entitled ‘The Saddest Day’, was originally conceived as a reenactment of this family narrative. However, when I arrived home that Mother’s Day weekend, I found my grandmother upside down on the couch, her head where her feet should have been. She was hurting. We rushed her to the hospital.

These photographs document the moments following our return to the farm after our first visit to the emergency room, two weeks before my grandmother died. ‘The Saddest Day’ explores my family’s collective experience of loss leading up to the death of the family matriarch: my grandmother. In this moment taking pictures seemed the only thing we could do to stop time. Putting on a costume, wearing a mask, even looking through the camera was a way to face each other, face this trauma and our vulnerability without having to look at each other straight on. ‘The Saddest Day’ portrays the beginning of our coming to terms with a looming goodbye; my father, sister and cousin dressed as pigs leading my grandmother into death.”

See? So, so sad… but at the same time, it’s also so wonderful and amazing that Jenny had that kind of relationship with her fabulous grandmother, Sarah. A woman who for years and years was a collaborative creative partner {she did this shoot when she knew she was dying – what a spit-fire, right to the end!}, and huge supporter of her granddaughter’s talent and love of art:

RIP, Sarah. I wish I had known you.





jordan sullivan





Oh my. I love this series by Jordan Sullivan so, so, so much… and then I read his artist statement and I loved it even more, because yes, I’m a total sucker for a good story:

“The Young Earth is a photo series and accompanying photonovel set in Iceland. The [fictional] story follows two Americans in the last days of their twenties, one them terminally ill, as they explore one of the youngest bodies of land in the world. The young men attempt to reconnect with the natural world while confronting their own mortality and a past love triangle that briefly dissolved their friendship. The Young Earth is a meditation on death, the end of youth, and the beauty and complications that come with love and friendship.”

Death, love triangles, and dreamy photography? Yes, please. And, if you happen to be in New York tomorrow night, you can meet him and have a copy of The Young Earth signed. You should go!

Book Signing: Jordan Sullivan’s The Young Earth
ICP Store, 1133 Avenue of the Americas
Friday, December 13, 6:00pm–7:30pm

{ps. the book is also available to purchase at photo-eye and on Amazon.com}