such great heights

october 23//umass amherst//canon 5d

i'll be completely frank-umass is definitely not the most beautiful of campuses. it's a state school that has grown steadily in the last 150 years or so, especially in the sixties + seventies-hence the heavy emphasis on concrete + brutalist architecture. but it does have something that the beautiful brick-and victorian-campuses {smith and amherst, looking atchu} don't have, and that's the tallest library in the united states {and the second tallest in the world!}. it's completely random, but hey! c'est la vie.

the best views are from the 23rd floor, which is usually frequented by prospective high school students and their parents, madly instagramming the view//annoying the used-to-it students. i hardly go all the way up there, simply because i've got a preference for the 9th and 11th floors {art + literature floors, respectively}, but i made the journey a few days ago and-

i love tall buildings, feeling like i'm on top of the world {blame my 20th floor dorm room freshman year for spoiling me}, and i can honestly say that these views can't really be beat. autumn here is so incredibly beautiful, and viewing it from high in the sky is even better. i stayed a little longer than i anticipated, marveling at the colors and the mountains, watching the tiny little people go about their daily lives, feeling very small.

{oh, and if you look in the left hand corner of the top picture-the dorm to the right of the one with the white spire? that's where i live! just in case you were wondering...}

bathtime for jenny

jenny//october 5//canon 5d

artists + their studios | nicole

kind of my second installment of the artists + their studios series, but seeing as there's only a few pictures....consider it a sneak preview for next time.

nicole used to be a fashion major, but now she studies glass blowing-which is pretty awesome, if you ask me! she made me a wicked cool mini vase that's on my desk right now. i didn't get to watch her blow glass, but i did visit her little space in the "cold shop" {the hot shop is where you stick the glass in the fire}

it's been three weeks since i went to boston, but i'm just finishing up posting the pictures-where has time gone? how is it already mid october? questions???

artists + their studios | Vanessa

october 3//vanessa + her studio//boston, ma//canon 5d

i have a lot of favorite people, a lot of favorite places. that being said, vanessa is one of my favorites. we didn't really become very good friends until the end of my freshman year, but we stayed in touch. she's an incredibly talented artist-i doubt there's anything she can't do, from ceramics to photography. 

when i visited boston two weeks ago (already that long ago?) i stopped by her studio in an attempts to convince her to abandon her work for burgers. instead, i found myself amazed by her little space-the body of work, the materials strewn around, the personal touches that made it hers. seeing her work was an incredible process; delicate movements, intricate patterns carved into clay with-well, with an artist's hand. 

i've decided to take on photographing artists in their studio as a personal project of sorts-partially because it would be an excellent thing to add to my portfolio, but mainly because i'm completely enamoured by it. personal spaces, be it bedrooms or apartments, have always been vastly interesting to me-they're a window to the soul, someone's personal space. at the same time, i'm lucky to be surrounded by artists in my life-my mother, my roommates, and the rest of my friends from art school-all of whom specialize in vastly different fields. i can't let that opportunity pass me by, can i?


october 3//boston, ma//canon 5d

i came home this weekend, and it was crazy busy, but so wonderful to be back with all of the important people in my life. i spent the first afternoon in the city, spending time with my friends from massart. it's funny, when i was there i don't think i realized how important they were to me, but now i miss them so much. they're a lovely crew of ladies who are doing very, very cool things, from jewelry making to illustration to fashion design, and i love to see their work-i go all proud mama bear, tell all my non-art-school friends how awesome they are and all of the things that they're doing. over burgers and fries, we dreamed up a post-college life in the city together, and i was sold, imagining a sun drenched bedroom and the sounds of cars outside of my window, friday night parties and pictures, pictures, pictures {of course}. 

i've found myself caught in a sort of crossroads recently, where dreams and reality-not the bleak kind, more of a nostalgic type-are intersecting. on one hand, i've always planned of a life lived around the world, moving as soon as i get settled, a whirlwind romance with european streets and open fields, an intimate relationship with train stations and airport terminals. but there's something, here, in boston, where family and friends intersect. it's a beautiful thing. and i know, i know, i'm only 20 years old. i've got another year and a half before i even graduate university {sighs dramatically}, but it's something that nags a little in the back of my head. food for thought. 

abandoned | frat house

to be perfectly honest, i'm not sure why my campus has so many abandoned buildings-it sounds like a little bit of a potential disaster, with all the drunk students running around every weekend. but hey! i'm not complaining-on the contrary, i love it. 

this was originally a frat house, but the university shut it down two or three years ago after the partying got too out of hand. my friend q recently discovered it, and served as my tour guide one warm friday afternoon. it's a really...bizarre place. it's a strange assortment of buildings, and, like all abandoned places, it's very eery. the courtyard was my favorite place by far, with the greek letters and the weird shadows casting this way and that. definitely worth a visit. 

what's the best abandoned place you've explored?

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