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.
Here is the release from Miraflores -
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 http://www.theblissfuladventurer.com or at Miraflores. A reception
for the artists both days at 1 pm.
“Find a place where there is joy, and the joy will burn out the pain” – Joseph Campbell
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.
Captured just a few short miles from the Gallery NRC Spring of 2012 (image by Juliet and all rights reserved)
I jumped in front of the vintage cable car along SF’s Embarcadero (all rights reserved)
My 645 Pro Capture just above the famous Ridge Monte Bello Vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains (all rights reserved)
I like tradition. I like it when it evolves from something so simple and becomes its own existence. Writing to you Juliet on significant dates has become my cherished tradition. In this act of sharing with the world my unceasing love for you I find keys to understanding my own existence. I discover new elements of you and me that were not there only an occasion before now. What is this four years together? What is the significance of the constructs we hold closely as if they are inalienable? Why do I sound like the narrator from a Terence Malick film when I wax philosophical? I am not sure I can answer any of these questions, so I will share some insight into us and let the world decide who we are.
Join me and Juliet in Italy this October 22-29 for our first ever Blissful Adventurer iPhone tour of Puglia, Italy. I would love for some of my readers to join me in the land that has shaped my life and my writing above all others. Check out the details and then come spend some hard-earned vacation hours with us. Continue reading →
What a wonderful and sometimes intense set of responses from my previous post - The Italy Rules. I want to take a little time today to expand and expound on some of my thoughts and provide further insight into traveling in Italy.
1. Italy Guides - Here is my short list of who I would travel with and why in Italy.
The Rome Digest- This new and wonderful consortium of talented Rome guides includes my dear friend Katie Parla, who is my champion of all things Roman (pork, gelato, beer, wine, art, history, and life) If you are going to spend time in Rome, and you should, let the Rome digest draw a map for you
Venice - Row Venice Nan McIlroy is one of the most knowledgeable people in Italy regarding living life, eating well, and getting out on the water. Don’t pay 200 euro for a snooze on a gondola. Pay less and get out there and learn to do it yourself. Easily one of the greatest experiences I have ever had in Italy
Tuscany - Judy Francini will cook with you and teach you what it means to truly experience life in Tuscany. Reach out to her. She has been cooking successfully for her Italian husband for years. She will teach you how to impress anyone.
Puglia - this is a bit biased but I can vouch for the unbeatable quality of Southern Visions Travel. Antonello Losito leads this superior company leading the most authentic excursions into Italy’s tastiest region. From 1 day to 1 month, these guys are amazing
Le Marche - Mariano Pallottini - the best guides are sometimes not guides. For this truly under-the-radar region no one can show visitors the ropes like Mariano. Please tell him I sent you.
Travel for Teens - If you would like to send your son or daughter on one of the most amazing experiences to be had. I strongly suggest using Travel for Teens. Managed and operated by a group of passionate, intelligent, and experienced men and women, TFT is the leader in volunteer and cultural travel in Italy for students. Ask for Ned or Nick and your young adult will be blown away
For other Italian regions I have friends of friends and would be happy to do some research for you Continue reading →
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.
I hope you will make this wonderful experiential storytelling site part of your reading routine. Ellen Barone and Judith Fein are two of the most extraordinary people in the travel writing and photography business, and I am so grateful to them for the opportunity to share my work.
Please take a look and leave your comments on the site. I promise to get back to you.
Palo Alto Trees is a selection of images from my recent hike up to The Dish in Palo Alto, California. Although I have lived here for nearly six months this was my first walk up to the iconic dish overlooking Stanford University. In this first image I love the curvature of the background suggesting this is a particularly special tree rising alone on the top of the world. Continue reading →