Alberta, 2017

sarah goes to alberta

My friends and I went to Alberta for a week in April to kick off the summertime. We spent a day in Edmonton (at the Fantasyland Hotel in the West Edmonton Mall) and the rest of our week in Banff (surrounded on all four sides by the absurdly beautiful Canadian Rockies). It was my first time spending more than just a layover in Alberta, and being in the most artificial place in the world for a day and then the most naturally gorgeous place I’ve ever seen in my life for a week was a strange and wonderful juxtaposition. I’m so happy to have done it with such a fun trio by my side– my friends really made this trip the kind of thing I’ll remember forever and tell my future children about when they ask for tales from my rambunctious youth. Spending a week exploring/hiking during the days and dancing/laughing during the nights was such a privilege and just what I needed at the time to get me out of a weird funk I had been in.

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along Bow River
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left: along Bow River | right: along a highway
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highway views
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my dumb friends
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left: at the Vermillion Lakes | right: at the Dancing Sasquatch– one of two clubs in Banff, and the one we went to several times because COME ON, the DANCING SASQUATCH?? How could we NOT????
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at the Edmonton Greyhound bus station
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at the Vermillion Lakes
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on the banks of Bow River
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#squadgoals ???
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left: highway views | right: at the top of the Tunnel Mountain trail
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along the road to the Vermillion Lakes
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left: at the Fantasyland Hotel | right: at the Edmonton Greyhound bus station
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at the Fantasyland Hotel
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highway views
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on a rollercoaster at Galaxyland, in the West Edmonton Mall
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views from the Tunnel Mountain trail
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at the Banff Upper Hot Springs
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the whole fam at the top of the Tunnel Mountain trail

 

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fresh xiii

I had been sort of, vaguely, kinda, half-assed getting back into photography (something I grew up loving, and had always been into but not taken particularly seriously) since January of this year, but after my father died at the end of March I’ve been really delving into it, mostly just by carrying my camera around with me all the time and snapping portraits of my friends. Art has always been what pulls me through rough times, and I have this constant need to ~*~make stuff~*~ so photography has been offering me that immediate tangibility that I seek, plus it gets me out of the house. I’ve been posting a lot on my Instagram, but I can’t post all the outtakes and extra photos from the past couple months on there, so here they are:

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teal/feels

Making moodboards/curating visuals/cataloguing inspiration is lowkey such a powerful de-stressor for me. Here is a ~~vibe~~ that I hope can inspire you like it inspired me.

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left: via Rookie Mag | upper right: by The Pulp Girls | lower right: by Hu Yang & Zhao Jing
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top left: still from The Adventures of Batman | top right: Guy Billout | lower left: via Internet K-Hole | lower right: a quality album cover
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top left: 1970s Ken paper doll fashions | lower left: still from Charlie Brown | right: via Rookie Mag
from the mighty thor
from The Mighty Thor
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left: via Rookie Mag | upper right: stills from Pretty in Pink | lower right: heart-shaped forest, Cantabria, Spain
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left: by Taylor Hoff | right: unknown
belladonna of sadness
still from Belladonna of Sadness (1973)
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upper: ‘Photobook, aged 7’ by Jocelyn Allen | lower left: unknown | lower right: via Internet K-Hole
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upper left: ‘Vous’ room at the Madonna Inn | lower left: unknown | right: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
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upper: Ciara J. Alberts | lower: via The Tragic Sense

 

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March Mood

The opposite of dissociation is connection. Late February and March have been a time for connection— or maybe for re-connection— in my life. Re-connecting with myself, re-connecting with my loved ones, re-connecting with my art. I’ve discovered that sometimes, giving up is the only way to make yourself want to keep going. Here are some photos (and above, some footage) from this strange/good time, and the songs I’ve been playing a lot throughout it.

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left: 03/05/17, vancouver aquarium | right: 02/21/17, temporarily dyed my hair teal because QUARTER LIFE CRISIS
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left: 03/05/17, vancouver aquarium | right: 02/06/17, snow day
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OOTD from 03/05/17, peep me hoppin on that winter layering trend REALLY late

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03/05/17, vancouver aquarium, highlight poppin
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left: 02/21/17, bell sleeves | right: 03/05/17, vancouver aquarium
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left: 03/05/17, vancouver aquarium | right: 02/25/17, bruised hands and holo nails

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left & upper right: 03/05/17, vancouver aquarium | bottom right: 03/05/17, walking along the sea wall downtown
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03/05/17, walking along the sea wall downtown

 

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rosegold

I realized today that it’s been ages since I last made a moodboard, which is something I used to do all the time when I was 15/16. I used to be very into collecting images and tossing them together to evoke a feeling, give off a vibe, put you in a mood. I guess you could call it curation, in a sense? It was nice to be able to scroll through my moodboards and soak myself in beautiful, inspiring imagery whenever I found myself in a creative rut. So I figured, “there’s no time like the present,” and made one. Here’s some blushy, bronzey goodness:

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top left: Akbar Hotel, New Dheli, 1969 | top right: Comme des Garçons S/S 2013 | bottom left: source unknown | bottom right: by David Horvitz
pulp fiction
from Pulp Fiction (1994)
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very top left: gemini hybrid tea roses | top left: by Josh Martin | top right: by Keegan Grandbois for Refinery29 | bottom left + right: sources unknown
miu miu fall 2011
Miu Miu Fall 2011
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upper: via Neuewave | lower: source unknown
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top left: Muralla Roja by Ricardo Bofill Taller, 1965-73, in Calpe, Spain | top right: Monterey Hotel, 2011 | bottom left: still from the music video for Igor Dewe’s Serial Lover | bottom right: for Stylenanda
spirited away
from Spirited Away (2001)
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still from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
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