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As I had mentioned in my last blog entry… I was headed to Oaxaca, Mexico for two weeks in July.

Well, I’m back now, and I will say this – my experience was good, INTENSE, but good.

A group of us went on this delegation with an organization called, Witness for Peace, where we focused on the topic of migration.  A very deep and unmistakably raw point of interest that has so many layers it’s hard to piece them all together.  I am working on a more in-depth, long-winded post about the trip on my Sustainable Plate blog that I encourage you all to read (I hope to have it up in the next few days – it has been incredibly difficult to write).

But for now, I’ll go ahead and share some of my favorite images from the trip:

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I realized this morning that I had all sorts of things I could update you all on!

So much in fact, that I will probably have to break it up a bit.  Yay, blog posts!

First things first – I have to send a little love to the wonderful people at Culture Magazine!  I absolutely LOVE shooting for them, and I’m blessed that there is so much exciting cheese stuff happening in the Seattle area to have the chance to work with them so often.

Their summer issue is out right now, and they have a whole feature about places to go in Seattle for the cheese connoisseur.

I had the pleasure of photographing some great cheesemongers, chefs, and even a goat farmer/activist!…love my job!

You will have to pick up the latest issue to get the full scoop, but here are some of my favorite shots from the assignment (some you won’t find in the magazine).

John Sundstrom working in his kitchen at Lark on Capitol Hill.

…and some of the dishes he created for me (purple potato and smoked trout on the right; prosciutto, young truffled peaches, and sharp cheese on the left.)

The pizza oven at Delancey in Ballard

…finishing touches of the much-sought-after Delancey pizza pie.

Poco Wine Bar on Capitol Hill and Delancey in Ballard

A baby goat, barely 24hrs old – SO lovable!

It may have thrown you off a bit when I included the term ‘goat activist’, but that is kind of what Jennie Grant is – she is the creator of an organization called, The Goat Justice League.  Her and other goat-loving Seattle residents, work to make it legal to own goats within the city limits of Seattle.  So, like chickens and bees, you can also have your very own ‘herd’ of goats in your yard!  It is all about sustainability, and the love of animals.

With her goat, Snowflake, she is able to produce milk and cheese for her family and friends.  I tried the milk – it was quite delicious!

I will have a feature in Culture’s up-coming Autumn issue too, which I am working on this month – I can’t wait to share those images with you in the fall!

And speaking of culture, in the non-cheese sense – I will be throwing myself into some culture next month when I travel to Oaxaca, Mexico for two weeks!  I’m joining Witness for Peace, an organization working to support and sustain local economies and social justice in Latin America and the Caribbean.  A group of us will be going on a delegation to learn from local small-scale farmers and activists about the roots of migration and how the present free trade policy affects their economy – advocating for fair trade and human rights.  Not only am I excited to learn more about these issues, but I’m excited to have the opportunity to document the experience and share it with all of you!  This trip is a volunteer effort, and is certainly not a vacation – so raising funds is necessary to make it a success!  If you are interested in supporting me, my photography, and the work of Witness for Peace, I would appreciate any and all contributions!  You can pledge your support here, and please stick around for photos as I share with you a piece of Mexico in months to come!

Hello all – boy has it been awhile!

If you couldn’t tell, I’ve kept myself pretty busy since my return. Not a lot of time for blogging these days.

Photo projects, photo assignments, updating my website (well, that hasn’t happened yet really, but it will soon!), and getting involved in some pretty cool Seattle organizations (more to come on that soon too)!

I wanted to update everyone on the final tally for the Make A Wish Foundation donation.
A HUGE thank you and hug for everyone who was able to contribute, and raise a whooping $370 for a very special child in the Pacific Northwest!
So exciting!

Okay, back to it!
More soon – hopefully!

Take care,
Charity

Let me just start this blog post by saying, Paris was good to me.

Really, really, really good to me.

It’s not very often that you can go into a foreign country, (let’s be honest) not knowing the language, with little to no contacts, with just 3 months to spare, and actually make something of yourself.

I managed to do just that.

Call it luck, call it happenstance, call it the place where I’m meant to be…it. was. pure. bliss.

The sequence of events, from one point to another while living in Paris was so fluid.  I almost can’t explain to you why or how, but I can certainly show you some of what I did.

About two weeks in to my stay in Paris, I got a call from Marie Puleo of Paris Magazine (a new Anglo magazine based in Paris) asking if I would be interested in shooting their January feature about the “Best Restaurants in Paris of 2009″…are you kidding me?…my assignment, to photograph chefs and restaurants (some of which have a wait list months long)…someone pinch me!

It. was. fabulous.

And now that the issue is out on Paris newsstands, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite shots from the assignment.

Chef Gregory Marchand of Frenchie

5 rue du Nil, 75002

M: Sentier

Caffé dei Cioppi

159 rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine, 75011

M: Faidherbe-Chaligny

Owner/Chef Stéphane Delleré of La Cave Beauvau

4 rue des Saussaies, 75008

M: Saint Augustin

Chef Yariv Berrebi of KGB

25 rue des Grande Augustine, 75006

M: Saint Michel

Chef Aymeric Kraml of L’Epigramme and Chef Daniel Rose of La Table 28

Chef Daniel Rose prepping his famous rotisserie meal.

La Table 28

28 rue de la Tour d’Auvergne, 75009

M: Anvers

Le Meurice

228 rue de Rivoli, 75001

M: Concorde

Au Boeuf Couronné

188 avenue Jean-Jaurès, 75019

M: Ourcq

Husband and Wife team, Chi Wah Chan and Adeline Grattard of Yam’Tcha

4 rue Sauval, 75001

M: Louvre

Evening view from my room in Paris.

Morning view from my room in Seattle.

Well, I’ve returned to the states.

And with this return comes a lot of reflection, a lot of plans/ideas, and a lot of images.

I have plenty to share about my travels, so I’ll be working backwards for a little while.  Hopefully next week this blog will get a bit more exciting.

Until then, have a great weekend!

I made a conscious decision last year to make 2009 all about me.  I know it sounds selfish, but I feel it was the best choice I could have made at the time.  And honestly look at where I am today?  Had I not worked towards what I really wanted for myself, I am quite positive I would not be typing this and looking out the window at the Eiffel Tower all in the same instant.

But, nice as it is, to be in the little world of “me, myself, and I”, it’s time to shake things up a bit.  Bring in some balance.

2010, for me, is all about giving back.

This last month, I participated in a portrait project called, Help Portrait.  Best to have a look at the site, but in a nutshell, it was inspired by a photographer named Jeremy Cowart, who felt that the world needed to smile more.

For one day, photographers from all over the world organized an event and shot portraits for people in need (of a smile, of some inspiration, of a new beginning…) asking for nothing in return (in fact, we were instructed to delete the images from our hard drives once the images were printed and given to the subjects).  I participated in the Paris community, and had such a wonderful time.  In a world so full of complications, it was nice to be reminded of the genuine human spirit.  It was something I knew I had to keep pursuing.

So, I begin this year with an idea, a project of sorts (the first of many, I hope).

I’ve never done this to such a capacity before, but I think it is about time that I have an art print sale.

*UPDATE* Cut off to order prints is February 22nd 2010!!! So please get your order in before that date.  Thanks! 🙂

I’m calling it “My Dream in Prints” – and all of the images available for purchase are from these last few months (aside from one, which I decided to include because it helped me get to Paris).   I can’t believe I’ve managed to come up with a whole catalog!

Here’s just a taste…

With each purchase, 25% of art print and postcard sales and 30% of canvas sales will go straight into the hands of the Make a Wish Foundation.

There are PLENTY of charities that I have my interest in working with, everywhere from the topic of breast cancer, humane societies, to art enriching programs (all of which will likely get my attention at some point this year and beyond).  But Make a Wish struck a chord in me when it comes to what I am doing here.  Without getting too sappy like some previous posts…(you probably already ‘get’ the story) it is a foundation that exists to make dreams come true.  Everyone deserves the experience that I have had – no matter what their dream is.

So, I am using the outcome of my dream to hopefully help fulfill someone else’s dream.  Simple as that.

Here is a link to the catalog gallery.  The images can also be seen in ‘full’ scale at www.charitylynne.com, select ‘client proofs’, and the password is “dream“. (image numbers for ordering purposes are at the top left corner).

At the bottom of this entry you will find the Price list and Order form in PDF format.  I tried to make the Order form as user-friendly as possible – you can fill it out on your computer (with Acrobat Reader), and if you click on my email address (see form), it will actually mail your completed form directly to me (I was impressed).

I encourage you to pass this around to your friends, tweet, blog, facebook, or good old-fashioned email.

Thank you so much for your continued support – it really has been very overwhelming!

Here’s to a new decade – may it be full of love, laughter, and fulfilled dreams!

Thanks so much for looking.

*UPDATE* Cut off to order prints is February 22nd 2010!!! So please get your order in before that date.  Thanks! 🙂

Take care,

Charity

Pricing and Details

Order Form

There are nearly 60 Weihnachtsmarkte (Christmas Markets) in Berlin (according to VisitBerlin.de).  I was told that if I did anything while I was in Berlin during Christmas time, it was to visit the markets. Kind of hard not to with so many scattered about town…

I was able to catch about 4 or 5 of them before Christmas came and went, and it was such a nice way to take in the festivities while also taking in some important German culture (Christmas is a big deal over here).   Being about a quarter German myself, it was interesting to see a piece of where my family comes from.  I recognized a lot of the decorations and Christmas treats, as my Grandmother celebrates Christmas in a very German way…something I didn’t piece together until this week.

While browsing the market stands, it is almost *required that you have a mug of Glühwein warming one hand.  A candied, spiced, hot wine (usually spiked with amaretto/liquor or rum).  A tasty drink, however I would almost vote for less sweet and more spice.

Most markets have a souvenir mug that you can buy along with the drink, which could lead to a very interesting collection…I only left with one (and it’s not the one pictured).

There was a certain theme when it came to the food available at the markets, this guy making what looks to be a savory bread was a bit more unique than most.  I didn’t try the cheesy bread yumminess that he is preparing, but now I’m kinda wishing that I had…

What you do find a lot of at the markets are sweets! Cookies, candied nuts, candy apples, cotton candy, chocolate covered…everything, doughnuts, and sweet breads. (the list goes on)

These cookies (pictured below), I am told, are like ‘little’ love charms (with a message scrawled on the front; ex: “I love you”).  They hang off of a ribbon, because the tradition is that your loved one will buy the cookie for you, and you can wear it as a necklace while shopping the markets (I’m guessing this is really popular with the teenagers).

The most unusual attraction/market that I came across was, Wintertraum or “Winter Dream” – which certainly lived up to its name…it was one part Christmas mixed with one part amusement park.

I couldn’t imagine going on any of the rides, the wind chill factor alone would put a damper on the ‘fun’.  But it made for quite a spectacle on the East Berlin end, right off Alexanderplantz.

I hope everyone has a lovely holiday – however you celebrate it!

I’ve certainly had a very unique holiday experience here in Berlin, a Christmas memory I will not soon forget.

Cheers!