60: lisa congdon

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lisa congdon illustrator + artist Lisa Congdon is a San Francisco-based illustrator and fine artist. Raised in both upstate New York and Northern California, she grew to love the trees and animals that surrounded her. That love is now expressed … Continue reading

58: jen altman

jen altman
photographer

Jen Altman is a photographer, writer, and editor. Her work has been exhibited throughout North America and is held in private collections across the globe; her photography can be seen in publications by Chronicle Books, Somerset Studio, Small magazine and online at Oprah magazine and Epicurious.com. She recently shot and styled Super Charged Smoothies for Chronicle Books and is currently writing Instant Love: How to Make Magic & Memories with Polaroids for Chronicle to be published in Spring 2012.

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55: meredith winn


meredith winn
photographer + writer

Meredith Winn is a photographer and writer. She currently lives in Austin, Texas, but spends a big majority of her time daydreaming of the coast. Meredith is a Shutter Sister and a contributing photographer for Getty Images. You can check out her photography website for more images. She is a somewhat elusive (and sporadic) blogger found at the~spirit~of~the~river. Meredith drinks chai tea, parents mindfully, embraces this human existence, and will always be a camera shy momma.

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48: poet’s loft

sheri + shari

we spent a lovely november vacation together in marshall, california at poet’s loft. highlights included: seals swimming by our window, bbq oysters, tule elk spotting in point reyes, breakfast at the pine cone diner, pastries from bovine bakery, cowgirl creamery cheese tasting, limantour beach walk, temple coffee, a birthday dinner at olema inn, a jaunt into oakland for bake sale betty sandwiches with one of our favorite artists (lisa solomon), green peony tea, a root vegetable hash dinner a la stephanie and 3191Q, birdwatching, fires in the woodstove, and a raucous game of monopoly.

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46: lars wastfelt

lars wästfelt
photographer

living with Madeleine and three daughters in a suburb to Stockholm, Sweden. working as an art director and information architect at a design agency where i am partner and co-founder. (Flickr)

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on the nightstand:

  • a couple of fairy tales for the kids
  • an issue of dwell or wired

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am loving:

  • our youngest daughter’s first words
  • designs that work
  • all metal lenses
  • my new bike (by alex moulton)

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how does autumn inspire you?

not much… I like the autumn for the clear bright sky, the fresh air and the feeling of restart, but I don’t take many photographs

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what’s one item in your autumn wardrobe you can’t go without?

my Italian windbreaker (hunting jacket that is perfect to ride my bike in)

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what’s your idea of the perfect homemade autumn meal?

osso bucco and a bottle of red wine

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what are three constants in your day?

  • get the children out of bed
  • riding my bike
  • spending too much time in front of a screen (whether it be iMac, iPhone or iPad)

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tell us about the inspiration behind these photos.

we found a perfect spot in western sicily last year and returned with some friends this year. the mediterranean sea, balmy evenings, italian food and stunning scenery, what else could you ask for?

44: andrea dorfman

andrea dorfman
artist/filmmaker

Andrea Dorfman is an artist and filmmaker who has made experimental and dramatic short films, two feature fims – Parsley Days (2000) and Love That Boy (2003) – as well as a documentary, Sluts (2005) and this summer, the inspiring short film How to Be Alone. She is currently working in animation at the National Film Board of Canada and developing her third feature film, Harmony, with screenwriter, Jennifer Deyell. Andrea sometimes teaches film and video at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and is one of four co-creators of Blowhard, a thematic storytelling series. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with a cat, a dog, some fish, her boyfriend, Dave, and (half of the time) his kids Max and Sydney.

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on the nightstand:

  • an ongoing pile of crinkly old 1/2 read New Yorkers
  • Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maughm
  • Grow Organic: A Simple Guide to Nova Scotia Gardening by Elizabeth Pierce (i know it’s already fall but it’s been there for a while…)

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am loving:

  • eating the bounty of fresh tomatoes from our unusually hot summer
  • fires in the wood stove
  • diving into (chilly) big post-hurricane waves at the beach
  • picking and eating blueberries, partridge berries and marsh berries on Fogo Island, Newfoundland (where I am right now)

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how does autumn inspire you?

  • the gorgeous fire-y, spectacular  turn of the leaves
  • the noisy crunchy sound of the leaves as we as we walk through them after they start to fall.
  • the earthy woody smell of the leaves as they rot.
  • i am inspired to knit

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what’s one item in your autumn wardrobe you can’t go without?

mittens (especially on autumn bike rides)

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what’s your idea of the perfect homemade autumn meal?

roasted beet salad with feta and toasted walnuts

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what are three constants in your day?

  • morning stretches
  • cafe latte
  • walking the dog around the block.

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tell us about the inspiration behind this film.

right now i am on Fogo Island, Newfoundland in the north Atlantic. on September 12th, everyone who had handmade quilts in the town of Tilting, hung them out on their clotheslines for all to see. voila!