Entries in Photography (10)


Good Fourtou

[Designer Brian McCarthy's bathroom from House Beautiful's April 2013 issue]

We came across this image of a whimsical, art-filled home in last month's issue of House Beautiful. We were instantly inspired by the unconventional use of art in the space — especially the mix of classical furniture and antiques mixe with the modern photo-based art. Further digging on the internet turned up more amazing work from Belgian artist Jean Francois Fourtou, the artist who created two of the pieces shown above.

[Fourtou's giraffe sculpture in desiner Ora Ito's home via here]

Of course, the life-sized animal pieces he constructs out of paper reminded us of the presence of animals in Morgan and Christopher's apartment from this month's Covet Garden. Taxidermy may not be your thing, but how amazing are these giraffes in the spaces here? Fourtou's pieces are all about memories of childhood and trying to recover lost pieces of your past in your environment. We certainly remember thinking that a magical creature might be around every corner when we were young and love the idea of recapturing that feeling in our homes now!

[Fourtou's home and atelier in Marrakech]


July Gwylan Goddard Contest Winner


Sneak Peek: Behind the Scenes of a Covet Garden Shoot

[Maya Visnyei's studio before the shot is set up]

One of the best things about putting together an issue of Covet Garden is the photo shoots. Especially our project page pictures. We always have a great time working with so many lovely and talented photographers and food stylists. Because we spend so much of energy documenting the sublime style of our featured householders, these photo days give us a chance to flex our own creative muscles!

We thought we'd share a behind-the-scenes peek of shoot we did for our upcoming second anniversary issue in September. Today we worked with the extraordinary photographer Maya Visnyei and food stylist Julie Zambonelli doing their magic and making sure a delicious tea sandwich is ready for its closeup.

Our own Lynda Felton brought fantastic floral prints and colourful vintage pieces along to brighten up the images and the day. That's her hiding behind a scrumptious cake (many treats were eaten, nothing went to waste)! We can't wait until September to share the finished recipes but we will have to learn to be patient.

[all images, Jessica Reid]


Lynda's Square Foot Project: Setting Goals

Do you ever see an image of a place and it speaks to you so strongly that it almost hurts because you want to be there so badly? For me, this is that image.

A year ago I had a conversation with my best friend about our future — where do we see ourselves, what do we want to be doing, and how can we make it happen? Without ever talking about this before we both realized that we wanted to live in Central America. And the fact that I had been staring daily at this picture, along with the knowledge that we could do this together just made the idea so much more desirable.

The Pisces in me wanted to move right away but the Scorpio in her reminded me that a move like this requires planning and time and so for now we are taking baby steps towards making this happen for us.

One of the many things to consider how much space I could comfortably live in — hence my 300 square foot project. Because in order to live where I want, I will have live with a lot less stuff. To help me reach my downsizing goals, I have started to collect inspirational shots that are reflective of this dream that is still forming (I cant help it, I’m a collector and at least this doesn’t take up any space — except on my hard drive).

[images: Betsy Johnson's place near the Mexican Riviera via Shelter Pop]

Here are some inspirational images of Betsy Johnson and her home in Zihuatanejo, Mexico. I love the dress and plan on wearing white dresses and plenty of them in this next phase of my life. I also love the décor, which I like to refer to as "Vintage Island Pretty."

Who but Betsy Johnson would have a home on a beach in Mexico like this? No one I know of which makes it all the more spectacular.


Making CONTACT with Michael Wolf

The Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival draws to a close at the end of the month, and we would be most remiss if we didn't direct you to the amazingly cinematic works by German photographer Michael Wolf at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA). Wolf's haunting images of commuters on the notoriusly crowded Tokyo subway system are part of a group show called Collective Identity with works by Phillipe Chancel, Cheryl Dunn, Barry Frydlender, Baudoin Mouanda, Jon Rafman and Bill Sullivan.

The exhibition, which runs until June 3rd, "explores the ways we perform and articulate our identity in public, and the tensions that arise from the occupation of public space." Anyone who has ever navigated a crowded city (and those who haven't) will instantly recognize the tired commuters depicted in "Tokyo Compression," Wolf's contribution to the group show.

A former photojournalist and one-time Toronto resident (he attended high school at North Toronto), Wolf captures the split second when we take a fleeting look at our fellow citizens. While these are moments that we generally forget, in his images, they are caught and held in time.

[images, "Tokyo Compression" by Michael Wolf courtesy MOCCA]