my 1980s spy movie fantasy

 

This week I was sent a cryptic message from someone named, Andrew Silva, alerting me that he left two photographs inside the front door of my home.

When I studied them I immediately thought of two things:

1.  I really love my $5 yellow, thrift shop, 1980s jacket.

2.  These images look like I’m a spy in a 1980s movie.  I was rather certain I had other images to round out my spy thriller storyboard fantasy.

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The film opens with an urgent call being made from a phone booth in Florence, Italy by the spy in the yellow jacket.

She’s investigating a missing American student studying abroad in Amsterdam.  The student disappeared in Florence on holiday.  The photo was taken by her roommate and potential femme fatale in their shared Florence hotel room.

Male characters (suspects #1 & #2) are photographed in Florence.  They are being exceedingly careful with their public conversations.  The younger of the two is an American architectural college student.  He was seen seated next to the missing student at a cafe the day she disappeared.

An older man (suspect #3) is waiting for the bus in Florence.  He’s under surveillance by the spy in the fabulous, yellow, 1980s, five dollar, thrift shop jacket.  No one is quite sure why though, and neither is he.  The spy’s sneaky photographs are really annoying him.  He’s constantly swearing at her in Italian.  This provides the levity in the film.

The American student’s roommate (suspect #4) was spotted walking toward the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam two days after her roommate’s disappearance in Florence with male (suspect #5). They clearly both know more than they’re telling investigators, casually seen shopping at Albert Heijn, the grocery store near the museum to give the appearance that it was just a normal day.

Male (suspect #2) is unknowingly photographed enjoying dinner out in Florence the night of the student’s disappearance.  He’s the father of the American architectural student and there’s obviously something quite shifty about him.  The angle of the photograph was carefully composed because the spy in the yellow jacket really wanted to remember the brand of balsamic vinegar from Modena on the table.

double image of andrews shots

 

 

images by Andrew Silva, April 2018

getting nostalgic in color/part II

Since I’m not a twin, I can’t imagine what it’s going to feel like for my girls to split up and go to different colleges.  I have a hunch they can’t quite imagine what it’s going to feel like either.  Please note the title of the article in the first beach picture.  I believe it’s about the Kardashians, however, with high school graduation looming, it’s a funny photo to unearth at this time.  Oh, the irony of life, isn’t it grand?

    

  1. Cape Cod beach day.
  2. Coming from or going to Mirabelles bakery in Burlington, Vermont.
  3. New York City for their 9th birthday to see “Wicked”.
  4. Lucy’s hair flying on the shuttle to the Martha’s Vineyard ferry.
  5. Getting ready for the Justin Bieber concert, Quebec City.

Amsterdam/details

The first four images were shot in Rembrandt’s studio.  When I travel the moments that stay with me are the details.  I’ve trained my eye to look closer at things because looking too big can overwhelm my senses sometimes.  The photos taken in Rembrandt’s studio were so remarkable to me because of the quality of light.  No wonder he created the work he did, even on a grey day the north facing light was beyond stunning.

Rembrandt Museum Amsterdam

Amsterdam/design

I took this photograph in the oldest church in Amsterdam. This room truly made me swoon.  I might use this image as the place I go to in my head when the world’s just too much.

This church is in the red-light district—it was founded in 1213 and consecrated in 1306.  After the Reformation it became a Calvinist church.  Here’s a link with more information.

http://www.amsterdam.info/oude-kerk/

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These globes and the plants were in the street front windows of an apartment.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis photo is musician Elliot Smith.  This image was on a storage kiosk.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThese books were beside each other I just thought it was funny. Pretty sure these girls don’t care in the least about mid-century design.

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Amsterdam/street photography

I love street photography.  The raw moment when something sparks me.  Be sure to scroll down and check out the pigeon slideshow.  My daughter Willa had an interesting encounter near the royal palace.

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Oh, Burlington let me count the icy ways…

 

Finding Sidney

Last year at this time I purchased these photographs at REsource VT on Pine Street in Burlington, Vermont for $2.00 each.  Today I was cleaning out my desk and shelves and came across them again.  When I purchased theses images I was overcome with a certain amount of sadness because they had been discarded.  Thankfully they weren’t recycled.

I’ve personally had to get rid of some of my own paintings or children’s artwork before because I can’t keep everything. I know there are a million reasons why these ended up at REsource.  I’m really grateful that I stumbled upon them.

If anyone recognizes people in these photos or remembers being in a class with the photographer or any information really—please e-mail me. The first name is Sidney but I can’t make out the last name. I would love to know more.  This photographer has a remarkable sense of composition, light and emotion.  There’s a real bravery to this subject matter.

This photographer was willing to get intimate with their subjects.  For some reason it appears to me that they didn’t necessarily know the people they were shooting.  I’m not certain of that—it’s just my hunch.  I always admire that quality.  That willingness and risk can be really hard for me.  I love to shoot people, but I’m not very assertive in certain situations.  I’ve missed some great shots because of my hesitancy.  This photographer makes me feel braver and for that I’m grateful to you Sidney, whoever you are.

Please send me any information or even vague ideas about this photographs.

If you haven’t seen the documentary on NETFLIX “Finding Vivian Maier”.  It’s well worth your time.  It’s a great documentary. Vivian Maier had a really unique “eye” and her story is truly fascinating.

Here’s an excerpt of the film from the photo blog: PETAPIXEL by Michael Zhang.

“In case you haven’t been following the Vivian Maier saga, here’s a short summary: back in 2007, a 26-year-old real estate agent named John Maloof bought a box of 30,000 negatives from an estate sale for $400 (and later more photos that brought his collection to 100,000 images). Turns out it was the lifetime work of a then-unknown street photographer named Vivian Maier, whose eye for composition and brilliant shots captured the world’s attention.”

http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/Finding-Vivian-Maier/70291615

 

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