Do take the time to remember. Otherwise they’re not even memories.
Do not be easily threatened by other ideas.
Some images from a visit to the French West Indies. Drink it up.
How we think creates the life we have. If I think X, then that will encourage X.
It would be impossible for a photographer to avoid devoting a portion of time capturing Mary Chrislyn. She's a natural model. Mary Chrislyn is also the owner of NYC-based Chrislyn Clay and my friend of 20+ years. I imagined this shoot in the sunshine and raw aesthetic of Palma. So, we wandered through the streets of Mallorca, Spain (post coffee-and-pastry) and had so. much. fun.
Daniel Shepard Pierson arrived brand new to the world on Friday, January 19, 2018, early in the morning. Shep is my nephew and has turned my heart completely inside out. I'm back in New York missing newborn snuggles and ever so thankful for these photographs that mend the distance.
Thoughts, in no order, I need to get out of my head.
I've been asked along the way to define "art", which is such a fascinating question.
Art is a singular piece, a term to define all created work in the world's history, and also an act of expression with no tactile means. It is emotion and it is business–methodically defined and rule-breaking at the same time. Among the most difficult points to reconcile is that art is simultaneously a money-loaded industry and a simple expression of the heart, and also neither of these.
Art is an educational construct in royal academies and the social rationale of salons. It is the undefined, and also defined, nature to street art. Art is unruly and multi-faceted and for that reason, exciting and intimidating. In most cases art is misunderstood. I am writing to re-introduce you to art, should you have missed at some point along the way the freedom and beautiful expression of human beings that is art.
Art is essentially not about opinions. It's remarkable that most people approach a work and immediately have a personal response (thought or aloud) that is "I like it" or "I don't like it." This is natural and in no way wrong. Art is humble like that: it's invitation to enjoy also doesn't reject the invitation to critique. However, too bad, the basis of it's measure has nothing to do with your preference, except for the little sphere in which you convince people what they should think is "good" or "bad".
It's true–there are principles and values that do exist regarding a "successful" composition that I do love to talk about mostly with folks who think art is only subjective. This is a subset of defining art and design that can create a visually appealing tactile work.
A favorite book of mine (and also famous book) that defines this most accurately that I highly recommend if you're interested in this subject: The Story of Art by E. H Gombrich. I have a fabulous vintage copy of the 1972 version and finding in a thrift store was a good, good day.
Welcome! I'm excited to finally share this website and what it means to me as an artist. For those of you who have followed and encouraged my journey with Letters + Light, thank you. The three full years under that name taught me much about how to maintain the magic of the creative process while operating a business. I am amazed how one small effort can grow so much and even allow me to work overseas. While in Paris I began reflecting on what's next for me. The more I considered using my own name, the more I fell in love with it.
Design and photography have two sides: one of business and one of expression. Although these facets intermingle (and to be clear, that is not a bad thing), I resonate moreso with the expressive side. Using my own name, associating myself with each client, and sharing more personal projects, feels very right.
In this process I was reminded of the beauty of rebranding; it's exciting for businesses and design to evolve with new trajectories. I am careful to not be so to-and-fro with the message my brand is speaking. No one needs to get confused by multiple names and statements. But when that time comes, I like to think of rebranding as simplifying. As I asked myself what was next, the answer became very obvious– be you. Here I am, Lindsay Cox! It was me all along anyway.
My passion, truly, is presenting people, ideas, businesses and brands in a way that moves people.
I largely operated in the wedding industry with Letters + Light, which I still love to do and will continue to do as my project schedule allows; however, a more complete list of what I do includes brand/logo development, website, paper and digital assets, as well as invitations and photographs. So, if you need creative direction, want to jazz up your website to stand out and be extra-pretty, or are looking for a new aesthetic for your small biz, I am all about it and would love to assist. I would be honored to show you off.
If you or a friend you know could benefit from any of these services, keep me in mind. Otherwise, let's just grab coffee/booze and chat. I love discussions about almost everything.
In The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho writes in the foreward: “But I never lost faith in the book or ever wavered in my vision. Why? Because it was me in there, all of me, heart and soul.” This is how I always want to feel when I design and photograph–and whatever else I get into. I plan to disclose more of the goings-on with me creatively. I personally love reading the stories of other artists and so I will contribute to the sharing. Take a look around, read, watch, comment, send me letters. Have fun.
See my small tribute in photographs to Athens and L+L here
An incredible work of art, The Gentlewoman; a beautiful, well-done online/print editorial about valiant women in their many capacities; an inspiring read and look around. While looking around this morning, I found this article:
I had the pleasure of sharing a conversation a few months ago with this incredible lady, Apollonia, and am proud to see her recognized here. Her bravery, beauty, and realness in her story–and how she is in person–is inspiring.
A note from me to the men and women who recognize that feminism, simply put, is equality– thank you. Amid the politics, it's easy for confusion or misunderstanding to deface something so basically pure.
Happy International Women's Day!
You only need to pack one sundress that can double for beach sitting and going into town. One sweater since it’s cooler and you’ll need to layer over the sundress. One or two pieces of *extremely* casual wear. A windbreaker. Undies. Two pairs of socks. Oxfords or close-toed shoes. And of course: sandals that double cute/casual.
No makeup other than lipstick.
Grooming tools, should you be there at least a week; you’ll want to maybe give yourself a manicure or take care of your brows. Good face cleanser and shampoo- maybe a mud mask.
I have fifteen months worth of Tuileries rocks embedded in my shoes. I greatly miss the narrative of Haussmann architecture in the background of daily walks- many alone, many shared– all memorable. I love that I am accustomed to letting my hair go naturally, and just adding lipstick. Street-wandering and garden-strolling as if the whole of Paris was my palace is a feeling I will always return to with so much gratitude. I can't believe the things I've seen.
Because every day felt alive to me, living in Paris presented this tension: wanting to savor, yet allowing that experience to be that experience in the midst of the pull to bottle it up in some way. Having too many of these experiences to count, I eventually made the decision to take only deliberate, meaningful photographs with my DSLR, relinquishing the quick snaps to my iPhone.
I have shared some of the professional images here available for purchase for you to stay inspired and dreaming from your own space. These photographs remind me of newness, risk, leaving, learning, and enchantment. I hope this city tugs on you in some way through the images, or at least encourages you to visit. It changed my life.
You are also welcome to peek into my experience via video here. I dedicate it to my comrades who have spent time in this city and have become as attached to it–in heart– as I am.
I was sitting on a bench one day and noticed two women pass. One, younger, with perfect locks bouncing around her shoulders, a fitted sweater and boots that really could not have paired better with her hemmed pants. Another, older, with a pink t-shirt tucked into an elastic waistband, an endearing hobble, and a wedgie.
The first was great. The latter was far more interesting.
Vent de Terre is a high quality handbag boutique in Paris. The bags are all made with genuine leather sourced in France, and hand made with saddle stitching and original patterns created for style and function. Owner and maker, Anne, I gratefully call a dear friend of mine. I spent many afternoons sipping tea in her studio on Rue du Pont Louis Philippe, and talking with her about leather, life, and art—often with Debussy or Tchaikovsky playing from the back of the room. Anne is a creative soul through and through, and to say her leather handbags and goods are works of art are an understatement. If you find yourself visiting Paris, please, go in and talk with her about her process and journey—and invest in having a Vent de Terre for your keeping.
Do it now. Call your grandpa. Drive to the coast. Save your pennies for the dream. Bake some biscuits. Forgive your friend. Don't save the wine for another day; today is a fine day. Send the letters. Stop thinking less of yourself. Do the push-ups. And definitely, celebrate every bit of it as you go living your life.
A delicious and stunning winter trip to Beaune.