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The Italian & French/Italian Riviera leg of my one-month trip, to see all the previous posts from the rest of the trip and read all the craziness- you can view Parts 1-4 here:

world tour part 1: brooklyn, ny & morning passages
world tour part 2: caught in the floods / hurricane irene
world tour part 3: summary of travels
world tour Part 4: Brooklyn (35mm film)
And images from my London Workshop here.

I guess I initially named these posts “world tour” because I was supposed to go “around the world” to Fiji as well but couldn’t make it because of Hurricane Irene (read link above)– so it’s not really a “world tour” per se, but who cares.
This is my set from Turin Italy, and the Italian and French Rivieras.
All shot on 35mm film…

The insanity that was my trip so far (read links above) rendered me completely exhausted. I hadn’t slept much at all the last few days in NY, or on my flight from NY to London- arrived in London early in the morning, my luggage was lost (got it back later that night), got about 3 hours of sleep that night and woke up to workshop day– 25 people and a full day of me talking that I had to be conscious for. After the workshop we all went out for dinner. I knew we had to catch a taxi to the airport to go to Italy at 4am, so we decided to just stay up and party instead of sleeping just a couple of hours. A bunch of the workshoppers agreed to party with us. I had never in my life been so exhausted, jet-lagged and out of it, yet I still managed to dance & drink with everyone, narcolepsy aside. Pappin (Son Of Shark Pig), who I had invited to come with me to London to film the workshop & to hang out in Italy, threw me in a cab at 4am, handled all the crazy airport/luggage issues, and everyone helped out with packing my stuff and getting me on my way (bless their hearts!) We took a 2-hr flight to Italy, another night of no sleep, and arrived there at 7am. We were meeting with Patrick, one of my besties from when I was a kid. I hadn’t seen him since I was 15, that was almost 20 years ago. The last time I saw him we had a seriously terribly bad acid trip together- Shortly after that, he moved back to Italy, I moved to the states. Now he invited us to come hang out in Torino (Turin). Seeing him for the first time in 20 years & meeting his wife Lidia and baby Mila was beyond amazing! They picked us up from the airport and he asked: what do you guys want to do? I responded: I haven’t seen you in 20 years, I haven’t slept in weeks, let’s keep going, fuck it, we’re in Italy– so we kept going another day… walking around Turin, eating, drinking and catching up. I finally got sleep that night…  Patrick’s brother Valerio was out of town and offered up his home for us to stay in for those 2 weeks… Thank you so much V! And our hosts gave us the BEST TOUR OF ITALY EVER. I highly recommend Patrick as your tour guide, if you want to experience the REAL underground Italy,

As Patrick likes to summarize: “We drank Barolo and Barbera in Piemonte (where it comes from); Ate Pesto in Liguria (the region that invented it), and if that wasn’t enough, drank PASTIS in the South of France where Serge Gainsbourg fucked Jane Birkin.”

As a birthday gift, I got Stuart a ticket to come meet us out there a week later…

(It really is difficult to describe what an incredible experience this was, but for a full stream-of-consciousness description of this entire trip, go here: world tour part 3: summary of travels)

Waking up, opening huge French windows, and watching a Pasticceria come to life, every morning. (This is the only shot in this series that is digital).

Stuart and Pappin… 4am and we were looking for a Torinian strip club… we found one… and that story is a long one.




Stuart <3… Wine & Gelato at the foot of an ancient castle.

Patrick…

This obelisk, in the center of Turin, is the most negative energy point on earth.

Nouveau!!




People in Italy enjoy hanging out of their windows and people-watching… I have an entire series of these.

Inside our apartment…








below: Andrea! My sweet Italian gay boyfriend…







Patrick & Mila.



Situated a few feet away from the Obelisk of the most negative energy point on earth, this intense & beautiful sculpture below is supposedly built “directly over hell” where the devil himself lives… Turin is a cheery place… In fact there is so much occult history here, they have a nighttime occult “magic” tour in this city.



Lidia…

At the end of our trip we went down to the Italian and French Rivieras where Patrick & his family own some properties. My dream, ever since I was a kid and watched Dirty Rotten Scoundrels a million times, was to visit that part of the world…. dream come true. I shot these Riviera photos on a roll of expired 35mm film- which came out so beautifully- I love how washed-out, grainy, nostalgic and dreamy this film looks- just like how my brain always imagined this place…. Menton.

Stuart took this one of me- proud to finally be here.













We drove from Turin to the Rivieras on a road that took us along the coast when we got there, and drove back through the French Alps! A million tiny little old towns tucked away in beautiful mountains.





(For a full stream-of-consciousness description of this entire trip, go here: world tour part 3: summary of travels)

I got all my film back from my one-month trip, to see the previous posts and read all the craziness- you can view Parts 1-3 here:

world tour part 1: brooklyn, ny & morning passages
world tour part 2: caught in the floods / hurricane irene
world tour part 3: summary of travels

I guess I initially named these posts “world tour” because I was supposed to go “around the world” to Fiji as well but couldn’t make it because of Hurricane Irene (read link above)– so it’s not really a “world tour” per se, but who cares.
This is my set from NY. (Italy will be posted next).
All shot on 35mm film…


Williamsburg.

Above, Kara & Clementine. Below: Kara in a cab.

Kara’s house.

3 sweet little Polish ladies, just sitting around.

Staying at Teo’s- we ate like this every day. And that Spanish wine is to die for.



During my meeting with Jessie (Morning Passages/ Lomography), Shoko Wanger recognized me on the streets of  Williamsburg and came to say Hi!
You can read about my meeting with Jessie HERE, and Shoko is the extremely talented (and stunning!) writer that interviewed me for my feature in Rue magazine, you can read that here (pgs 143-167)- I am so lucky to have met them both in person.

Beautiful Teo. My bestie. Her work can be seen here and here.

Eric Kvatek, incredible fashion photographer and old friend from Santa Fe.

Noelle.

Then there’s lady Jane– read all about HER, on this post. Jane’s work can be seen HERE.

Jane and the magical grave garden she created for Doodle the 3-legged dog. Who was one of the best dogs I have ever known.




Teo.

Hanging out with Brandon, Noelle and their friends. (these 2 shots where taken on an expired disposable camera)


Breakfast the next morning. Live music.

Below: Brandon in his living room.

My beautiful clients Margot & Matt- after their Catskills wedding when we were all back in Brooklyn, they invited me over to their place for a drink — photos from their wedding coming soon…


And a snap from the Catskills wedding and the giant storm (Irene) that started that day.

To read more about my trip and all these beautiful people, follow the journey here:
world tour part 1: brooklyn, ny & morning passages
world tour part 2: caught in the floods / hurricane irene
world tour part 3: summary of travels

Up next, Italy… coming soon.

  • October 21, 2011 - 11:59 am

    jennifer - so incredibly beautiful…was just in ny! wish i could have run into you!
    j.

  • October 21, 2011 - 2:58 pm

    Shoko - Yay! These are great. So happy to have been a part of your NY adventure – still can’t believe that happened!

  • October 23, 2011 - 6:37 pm

    Evie Marie - New fan here! I found you through Ruffled and absolutely had to find who this photographer was… I simply Adore your work!! xxxxxxxxx

  • November 2, 2011 - 1:13 pm

    lo - Great series! Were you dining at Five Leaves in Brooklyn (restaurant pic looks like that joint)?

  • November 2, 2011 - 3:21 pm

    admin - thanks! yes, it was 5 leaves! so good 🙂 x noa

  • November 14, 2011 - 11:11 am

    Matt & margot in the catskills mountains | the feather love photography blog - […] I am completely in love with these beautiful people… and their taste in music is rad! They invited me over to their Brooklyn apartment for a drink when we got back from the Catskills- more photos of them and the NY trip here. […]

This wedding just got featured on Ruffled Blog!

Australian Musician Savannah Jo Lack, and Owner of the San Francisco Weinstein Gallery Rowland Weinstein: Starting off with a few photos from the couple session I shot of them on the gorgeous property they were staying at in a sweet little town called Point Reyes Station in Northern California. Wedding photos to follow.

Wedding vendor list:

Catering – Osteria Stellina /Ceremony – The Dance Palace/Reception – Toby’s Feed Barn / Design – Bird Machine Bird /Music – bride’s friends – Fiora, Paul Hankinson, Chris Pickering, Ben Tolliday/ Wedding Video – Luke Goodman Cinematography / Bicycle Ferris Wheel – Cyclecide /Make up and hair – Maria Lee Makeup and Hair / DJ -Square Dance Band – Erik Hoffman / Florist: Ixia / Dresses – Reem Acra, N.Y & vintage from Tavin, L.A, respectively / Hairpiece (ayasuki), Belt (project u), Braclet (SarahWhiteJewlery) /Rowland’s outfit – The Archive, S.F /Groomsmen – Barneys and All Saints/ Bridesmaids: Bayou Salvage (wrist bands), Amorebytinae (lace crop jackets), KTJean (tulipe skirt and top), ManoBello (leather belt flowers), Post (cool stockings) /Wedding Design team: Traci Goudie & Patrick Hubik from ‘Bird Machine Bird‘./D.I.Y: Pretty much every single design element – the chair adornments from the ceremony, the Alice in Wonderland cups & saucers, the lighting fixture (mason jar chandelier) , the light boxes (in the hay bales), the big curtains at the entrance to the barn, the place cards, the printed cushions, the hanging bird cage/heart nests/All of our friends and family helped in some way – we had a big, impromptu work party a few days before the wedding to get everything finished. My aunty and cousin sewed the huge curtains, my uncle and Dad worked on the light fixture, my Mum and niece attached hundreds of bits of fabric to the hanging ceiling streamers, our friend, Stephen Gibson did a lot of the grunt work, sawing and assembling, Rowly’s kids and sister did the calligraphy on the place settings./Wedding invites: cards from ‘the story people‘ that we printed inside/ Wedding RSVP’s: vintage SF postcards with yes and no boxes/

Below- a couple of Holgas.


These two portraits below shot on 35mm film.




The wedding.










Below, 2 Holga shots.

Below: Rowland’s gorgeous kids.

BELOW: 35mm film shot of groom & groomsman actor Richmond Arquette — I love the magical light orbs! (No processing  was done to this photo).


These next 2 portraits below, also shot on 35mm film– and invaded by a flurry of intense auras and spirits! (Again, no processing was done to these)… I seriously lose my mind when this sort of stuff happens.





Below images are 35mm film and digital.


I love it when guests get into the vibe and dress up- it adds so much character to the entire day…. this reminded me so much of the beautiful spectacle of Kestrin & Jonathan’s wedding of the century!– remember that one?








3 Holga’s below….















Savannah played fiddle at her own wedding…



Also a great big giant THANK YOU to my beautiful clients for spoiling us rotten and getting us this gorgeous 2 bedroom cottage for the weekend, fully equipped with Jacuzzi and right in the middle of town. I highly recommend The Lavender Cottage during your stay in Point Reyes Station.

  • October 19, 2011 - 10:06 am

    anna - wow, love their reception and both of her dresses were spectacular. I love your photography! So laid back and subtle and always capturing the mood and personality of the subjects.

  • October 19, 2011 - 10:16 am

    Teresa - I love everything about this wedding. Really fantastic. The film shots are otherworldly with the spirits and light dancing together in the images.

  • October 19, 2011 - 10:20 am

    Emma Case - fuck…

  • October 19, 2011 - 2:05 pm

    Kristin - this wedding was a dream!! the town, the couple, every person that attended, the artistry that was put into it by family and friends, everything! and that cottage we stayed at! so lucky! the day before shots you took are just so incredible; I’m drooling over those holgas!! the entire wedding came out so beautiful, thank you so much for having me along!!

  • October 19, 2011 - 4:37 pm

    Mano Bello - Absolutely beautiful & so inspiring for anyone desiring a “handmade wedding”. I find myself eyeing these fabulous photos over and over again! What a delight! Thank you, Joanne, for including Mano Bello leather flower belts in your stunning wedding party attire! I love it! <3
    Congrats to you and your groom!
    Cyn

  • October 20, 2011 - 1:04 am

    Savannah and Rowland get married in Point Reyes Station | Kristin Genna Photography - […] by the luminous Noa to the cottage (yes, an adorable and perfect little cottage: see Noa’s post to view images of it) and to a glass of wine. I don’t think it gets any better. I cannot […]

  • October 20, 2011 - 2:47 am

    Amanda Thorson - oh my goodness…this is perfect, so original. i love couples that inject so much of themselves into their wedding day! amazing images 🙂

  • October 20, 2011 - 6:08 pm

    Ellie Gibbons - I adore the unprocessed film portrait of Savannah…she has wings of light coming out from her head..it is so special xx

  • October 21, 2011 - 11:34 am

    Rory - The sincerity of your photography kills me. This is so fucking dialed in. You are the bomb, literally.

  • November 2, 2011 - 9:10 am

    Komal Powell - Really beautiful images. I have way to many favorites to even mention. I guess my most most favorite would be the vertical of the bride during the ceremony looking to her left. gorgeous!

  • November 10, 2011 - 11:44 pm

    OEIL - I’m with Emma!

  • December 11, 2011 - 11:51 am

    Chloe - Total wedding envy!! Gorgeous captures-you’re otherworldly.

  • February 13, 2012 - 7:20 pm

    Joyce Alexander - I can’t even type…The amount of emotion these images evoke is unreal. So beautifully done.

  • July 5, 2014 - 5:59 am

    photonsf - all the pictures is beautiful and good captured is one.

You may recognize Nicki from this photo session I did of her for her last album with The Gramblers. And of course, her husband Tim from The Mother Hips.

Tim and Nicki asked me to photograph them for their new duets album. We shot the session a few days ago, and since they were singing the entire time, I decided to shoot some inpromput video of this private show I was getting at my house.

This is certainly my favorite song on earth right now! You can purchase the Tim & Nicki Bluhm Duets album HERE.

  • September 30, 2011 - 2:45 pm

    Vanessa Chalmers - awwww i love this. i sat on that couch!!

  • October 3, 2011 - 9:23 pm

    Ellie Gibbons - Beautiful Noa..what a soothing sound after a long nights photo editing x

  • October 9, 2011 - 12:34 am

    Doreen Kilfeather - Love this right down to my country blues lovin’ toes…they blow me away…YOU blow me away…thank you so much for bringing this my way xx

See the awesome huge feature our workshop got on Rock ‘n Roll Bride HERE!

To find out more about my upcoming workshops, join my mailing list HERE, and check my WORKSHOP page. You can also follow my facebook and twitter for the latest news.
Purchase the video of my London Lecture HERE. Or contact me with questions.

I met such wonderful, talented artists from the UK photo scene at our workshop. Everyone was so open and into getting deep, but also equally into after-partiying hard and getting stupid with me… It’s all about balance, really ; ) As Kat of Rock ‘n Roll bride said on her post about it– it’s really difficult to describe that day or that night. Something magical happened for sure.

After all the craziness I had been through on my trip so far before London (read this and this), it made sense that I would do something that means so much to me- discussing art, artists and all our philosophies around the subject etc- in the strange state of mind that I was in… exhausted and sort of blurry, fuzzy, and more in some other dimension than in this one. It’s living within the conversation you are having, speaking from within the subject you are discussing, working from the space inside of what you are creating, being right there in it,  in real-time. And everyone put up with my spaced-out moments and exhaustion. Thanks guys, and thanks for making me feel so good to be around you all right off the bat, for opening yourselves and having important discussions. It was intensely beautiful to be in a gorgeous space with this group of people who each brought so much to the table energetically. And this includes all the attendees, models, hair and makeup, event design… everyone. All 25 of us! Here’s to be being weird together!!

I came up with a concept, a vibe I had in mind for the styling of our shoot that day- Emma & Kat got their best people on it, and they all took it from there… They blew my mind. Everything was stunning! It also really helped that we held the workshop in this amazing loft (that Emma, Pete, Kat, Christina, Pappin and I lived in for a couple days), remodeled from an old frame factory warehouse. Perfect.

That Emma Case! Her talk at the workshop was exactly like her photography: honest, warm, insightful & beautiful. If you have followed my blog/fbook etc, you know how much I am in love with Emma and her art (I also shot their engagement session a while back in London). And her husband Pete is one of the sweetest and funniest people on earth! And he is so kind, and was SO extremely helpful with the workshop, and so fun to be around… and so supportive of his wife… I’m bummed we don’t all live closer- if we did I would surely be over at their house, bugging them every single day.
Just a hint at something: Emma and I plan to do more workshoppy stuff together very soon, so keep following our facebooks and twitters to hear about what we’re up to…

Meeting Kat for the first time after being online besties for like 3 years was incredible, but I felt like it wasn’t our first meeting at all, like we’d hung out a hundred times before… she’s so unapologetically herself, so passionate, so exactly what she seems like on her blog, and I deeply admire that. Thank you Kat for all your help and for being a kindred spirit!  <3 Now that I’ve met you, I’m addicted and want to hang out with you in the “real” world like all the time.

Emma, myself & Kat.

Christina Brosnan– I have no words that can describe my appreciation for you- you where my baby sitter, you handled everything for me, and you still danced your ass off after all that–  ! Thank you for everything and for being so kind and beautiful.

And thanks to everyone who helped put this wonderful day together.., and thanks to all that came out and listened to me go blah blah blah for hours and hours, and for being so patient with me in my completely jet-lagged spaced-out craziness. Each one of you guys made that day perfect!

Big giant thanks to Steve Pappin (Son of Shark Pig) who I flew out to shoot video of the workshop- and to spend some time with us in Italy. Thanks to him, I have a new workshop video online available for purchase AND this awesome behind-the-scenes video he made about our trip!

Featherlove – Europe from Son of Shark Pig on Vimeo.

And these two beauties, Kat’s intern Roo & her fiancé Lamb… both modeled like pros (although apparently it was their first time). I insisted on barefeet for this look for Roo- so pretty ! Roo and Lamb- Gosh, I would kill to shoot your wedding! I just know we have the same taste and the eye candy would be overwhelming!! It was a pleasure to meet you guys and thank you for being so perfectly gorgeous and sweet! x

Table Styling: Ava Event Styling
Confectionery/Cakes: The Boutique Baking Company
Vintage Furs: Charlotte CasadejusAva Event Styling
Flowers: Little ‘a’
Roo’s Dress: vintage dress from Charlotte Casadejus
Roo’s necklace: Noa’s own
Roo’s Eyelashes: Paperself
Hair & Make Up: Elbie Van Eeden
Lamb’s Outfit: His Own
Venue: Framery Loft, Hoxton
Video: (to come soon) Son of Shark Pig

… you are all seriously talented! thank you!

What people had to say about the workshop, as well as some other snaps…

Rock ‘n Roll Bride
Emma Case
Brosnan Photography
Thaoski – Thank you SO much for all your help with setting up food, and planning our dinner, and for being so open! And mostly for your burning desire to do what you love!! A true honor to meet you!
Rachel Ward
Elbie Hair & Makeup
Pete Smyth
and another one from Rock ‘n Roll bride’s reflections on the workshop

Ok enough talking, more photos…

























I snuck a shot in of Emma and I.


This photo below is from  Brosnan Photographic, of the sweet little cookies that The Boutique Baking Company made for the workshop guests!

THE ENTIRE BEAUTIFUL CREW! Love you guys!!!

To find out more about my upcoming workshops, check my WORKSHOP page, or follow my facebook and twitter for the latest news!

  • September 30, 2011 - 1:59 pm

    anna - these are killer! my favorite is the first black and white!!

  • September 30, 2011 - 4:20 pm

    thaoski - Gosh that was such a special day : ) It was more than a workshop! It was like a meeting of kindred spirits : ) I was in awe of the talent inside the room and the honesty that was shared by everyone. Please come back soon! X

  • October 1, 2011 - 3:24 pm

    Jacqui - It’s hard to find the right words & I could witter on forever, but I’ll try not to ! On reflection ( & I’ve done lots of it ! especially looking at the wonderful pictures in everyones blog posts ) I think one of the greatest things I’ve taken away from the experience is that I feel ‘brave’ now…I would come again in a heartbeat, it was brilliant x

  • October 2, 2011 - 2:49 am

    Ellie Gibbons - I feel a bit emotional reading your post Noa..it was such a special day, I’m sad its over 🙁 Please come back to the UK again, like Jacqui, I would LOVE to attend another workshop with you and Emma xx

  • October 3, 2011 - 6:11 pm

    Kelty - Just stunning, everyone.

    PS. I see you, LJB!

  • October 13, 2011 - 4:31 am

    Binky Nixon - WOW, gorgeous, dreamy Totally you PICTURES noah!! I love them and I LOVED the workshop. It was so enlightening and free and something i would love to do again! xXx

  • January 10, 2012 - 6:52 pm

    i talk with my hands a lot. | the feather love photography blog - […] can view some of the photo shoot from the London Artist Workshop HERE. Tweet (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = […]

  • February 3, 2012 - 10:36 pm

    Feather Love Artist Workshop video now available online! | the feather love photography blog - […] can view the photo shoot from our London Workshop here. Or read what others have to say about my workshops at the bottom of this […]

  • March 5, 2012 - 6:44 pm

    Feather Love does Europe: the video! | the feather love photography blog - […] out to shoot my London workshop and travel with me a bit; the crazy behind-the-scenes video from my London Artist Workshop, the after party, and our travels in Italy are all captured in this rad little video… […]

  • March 25, 2012 - 11:47 pm

    please help Emma & Pete recover from their robbery | the feather love photography blog - […] I really mean it… (Clearly, I love them: The video that Son of Shark Pig shot of us at our London workshop last year can be seen […]

  • May 25, 2012 - 8:13 pm

    6 reasons why my workshops are different – my post on east side bride | the feather love photography blog - […] class that will blow your mind (Bay Area + San Diego Workshops), Emma Case on not compromising (London Workshop) etc. These are artists & creative people whom I admire and respect and have learned […]

Just got back home. I shot most of my travels on film so waiting to get the images back from the lab and then I’ll post them here. In the meantime, here’s a summary of the past month.

(Below: self-portrait in Valerio’s apartment where we stayed in Turin, Italy)

I’m back home, physically, I think, although not quiet in my body yet.

My mind is floating around in the international universe, hanging on to some of the new and greatest memories of my lifetime so far… Lost in fresh, bitter-sweet emotional nostalgia over all the beautiful people I spent time with: old dear friends, and the new cherished friends I have made over the past month of my journeys…

My heart was definitely left in Italy. I’m in love with Italians and every single thing about their beautiful country, how they live, what they care about. Italians do it right.

My soul needs at least a couple of weeks to figure out what it’s been through.

My brain is doing it’s best to stay awake- filled with millions of tiny disjointed scenes and fragments of this crazy whirlwind trip, all swirled into a jet-lagged haze of a psychedelic dream: Romanian strippers in Torino. Gypsy pickpocket children dressed as clowns. A lazy mime. A satanic sculpture of epic intensity built directly over hell. An obelisk built over the most negative energy point on earth. Eating the official “best pizza in Italy”. Drinking illegal blackmarket wine. Pink flashing bunny ears. The “I love you” fan. Gelato. Menton! Mediterranean waters. Hole-in-the-ground toilets. Baby Mila telepathically asking me to be her official Auntie. Drinking wine with new friends while watching Irene’s raging flood of a river rise. Photographing a beautiful couple in a Catskills hurricane. “There are 50 000 different words for ‘slut’ in Italian”. Huge French windows that open up to sweet Italian Pasticcerias in the morning. Brioche & Cappuccino. Listening to ASTRA while driving through the Alps. Small, hidden villages. GRAPPA that gets you stoned. Homemade Limoncello. Markets. Antiques. Twerking with UK’s finest photographers. Narcolepsy. Busted lens. Elderly Italians dressed to kill! Taxis, planes, busses, trams. The exact location where Nietzsche lost his mind after petting a horse. Epic churches. Watching the sun rise. Canals. Singing French driving songs to an upset baby “Un kilomètre à pied ça use, ça use, Un kilomètre à pied ça use les souliers.” Homemade pesto. Beautiful windows & their accompanying clotheslines. Rimbaud. Doodle the 3-legged dog’s magical grave garden. The incomparable Lady Jane and her art & soul! Antipasto. Ancient castles. Family saves the day. The locals of Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Iced cappuccino in Williamsburg. Noise. Quiet. Bad smells. Wonderful smells. Teo’s plants. Noelle & Brandon’s indigo wall. Kat’s pink hair. Patrick’s purple shirt. My seafoam green designer dress getting destroyed by Balsamic vinegar, coffee and wine all in one meal. PappinNurse/ PappinMom/ Pappinating/ Pappin’s first coffee/ Pappin’s last night. Lidia’s cooking. Teo’s cooking. Stuart devouring Pâté. Mila’s special “dance”. Patrick’s humor! Antlers. Fur. Skulls. Smoking fags in London. Hanging out with fags in Italy. Discussing fags in New York. The 70-yr-old haunted busted-spring mattress that we slept on at Patrick’s beach house. Seeing a collection of posters for a museum showing of old paintings and realizing all the subjects where loaded on Laudanum or other Opiates “Hey, Grandpa’s on the nod, someone take a painting real quick!”. Our grand ‘last supper’ the night before we left… As for the Italian leg of the adventures, my bestie-bro Patrick likes to summarize: “We drank Barolo and Barbera in Piemonte (where it comes from); Ate Pesto in Liguria (the region that invented it), and if that wasn’t enough, drank PASTIS in the South of France where Serge Gainsbourg fucked Jane Birkin.”

Oh My God.

My eyes have seen ultimate beauty on the Italian and French rivieras.

Italy is perfection. Visually, auditorily, olfactorily and especially gastronomically, I have never been so fulfilled. I thought I had eaten tiramisu before, but I hadn’t until I ate it in Italy. I thought I knew what wine tasted like, or what food should taste like, but I didn’t… I knew nothing until I ate and drank in Italy. What do I eat and drink now? Anything would be a sad attempt at merely satisfying hunger now that I’m back home. Italy destroyed any chance for me to ever eat an enjoyable meal again, unless, of course, I go back to Italy. Which I will, often. I brought back 5 extra pounds of weight on my body – every ounce was worth it.

Besides learning one ultra-important, survival-dependent phrase in both Italian and French: “un vino bianco per favore/ un vin blanc s’il vous plaît”, respectively; I also learned that French people really DO walk around in the streets holding that quintessential French baguette under their arms… I learned a few other things which may be too difficult to remember in my current state of mind.

100 bruises. 1000 mosquito bites. 2 sprained ankles. A fingernail bent all the way back, and having to bend it back into place. Travel-related back pain. Caught in hurricanes and escaping floods. Sadly missing my job in Fiji because of Irene. Losing luggage in London. Losing a diamond from my engagement ring in NY… And a plethora of other assorted little difficulties. My bones and muscles hurt from running around the earth, airports, cities. But my body also feels so warm, remembering every hug and kiss from every beautiful person I met everywhere I went… I have taken a small piece of each person, place, and thing, and brought it back home. I feel different. I feel more.

I realized I was finally home when Stuart and the cat and I all snuggled in our bed last night. Exhausted, I remember sighing “ah, home” before drifting off to sleep. But, ironically, this morning was the first time in a month where I woke up confused as to where I was…

Travel. IS. Home.

Always has been.

I need some time to gather my thoughts, catch up on the massive pile of work that awaits, and ease back into my life, but all I can say right now is THANK YOU: To everyone that crossed my path in the last few weeks… To all those who made my London workshop so amazing- helped organize every detail, shared their hearts and minds with me that day, and after-partied like true Artists…! To everyone who has awaited patiently for me to respond to emails due to my lack of wifi access over the past few weeks… To everyone who spent any time with me in the past month, who took care of me everywhere I went, helped me, fed me, gave me a place to sleep, put up with my jet-lagged-lack-of-sleep existence & babble, and who opened up their hearts and homes, shared their families, their time and their love, shared their wine and their humor, and made the past month of my life one of the greatest & most significant fragments of my 34 years so far- I love you so intensely.

From my brain, heart, spirit, mind, body, soul, and each of my senses; I am the luckiest person on earth to know you. From every corner of myself, my appreciation and love for you runs deep and wide. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Noa

  • September 20, 2011 - 9:48 am

    Kirsten - What a truly lovely post that was to read. Italy is phenomenal and magical. I know exactly what you mean about the food …

  • September 20, 2011 - 10:00 am

    rory amber - Beautiful streaming Noa, it makes me long to go back to Italy and France. Thank you! My favorite line: The exact location where Nietzsche lost his mind after petting a horse. whoa.

  • September 20, 2011 - 11:32 am
  • September 20, 2011 - 3:00 pm

    Holly - Lovely post, so does this mean you wanna get an apt in Italy now?? That’s where D and I will have a place fo sho, love love love me some Italians!! kisses so glad you are home!

  • September 20, 2011 - 3:24 pm

    Michelle - Sounds like an amazing time. Italy is exactly that for me. Hoping to make it my home in the next few years. They do totally understand what life should be – food, friend, families, art, culture, wine, music.

  • September 20, 2011 - 6:19 pm

    Kathleen @ weddingswaterside.com - That was so lovely to read. Well written and wholly felt.

  • September 24, 2011 - 1:02 am

    littlewinterbride - isn’t Italy the best? Italians know how to live. Torino is my second favorite city, Milano being numero uno. If I ever move back to the states for good, I think I might be in trouble, cause there is no comparison to the italian lifestyle, esp. with food and wine. Glad you had the best time ever.

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I drove up to the Catskills mountains from Brooklyn on Friday to shoot a wedding on Saturday. Because of the hurricane and how it was predicted to shut NYC down, I had my flight to Fiji changed to go out of Buffalo instead of JFK on Sunday. But, we got hit really hard by the storms in upstate NY- nobody expected it.  We ended up being in some of the worst flooding in the state. The freeways were shut down, we lost power, internet etc. And finally had to be evacuated to another town nearby. We literally raced the flood in our car before they closed the bridge down, otherwise we would have been stuck up in our hotel for another 2-3 days without power/phone/internet. From our beautiful Mount Tremper hotel (Emerson Resort), we evacuated to Kingston where we sort of camped out at the Holiday Inn with everyone else who was evacuated. That place ended up getting flooded too- a giant roaring river rose about 20 feet high up onto the building, completely covering an entire electrical box so half the hotel lost power too…

So anyways, I wasn’t able to make it to Fiji for my other wedding, which is a real bummer. We finally got out of the floods and drove back to Brooklyn Sunday evening. A 2.5 hour drive took about 6 hrs with all the closed freeways and all the people coming back to the city because they had initially escaped the hurricane to go upstate where it would be safe… Ha, funny thing is, the city was almost untouched by the storm!  So anyways, we’re safe and sound and all that.

I’m in Brooklyn for a few more days before I head off to London, if anyone wants to set up a shoot/ one-on-one workshop/ meeting etc, just shoot me an email! info@featherlove.com

This was the gorgeous place where the Catksills wedding took place… pics coming soon.

  • August 31, 2011 - 9:26 am

    Lee Robbins - Ugh, you must be gutted :(. Stay safe.
    Lee

  • August 31, 2011 - 9:28 am

    Amma // Beyond Beyond - Never thought I would see the day that NYC got hit by a hurricane, good to know that you are safe. Despite the fact that hurricanes are terrifying. Hope I see you in London, and the safest of travels.

  • August 31, 2011 - 1:35 pm

    Ross Dean - Keep Safe! RD

  • September 1, 2011 - 6:58 am

    Phyllis Knight Burt - Oh, no!! That’s terrible!! I live in Louisiana and after surviving Katrina and Rita, I know just how terrifying that can be. So glad you’re save.

  • September 2, 2011 - 6:18 am

    Lee Anne - Noa I seriously can’t believe it – I’m so sorry about the Fiji wedding, I was looking forward, of course, to the images. In the meantime I can’t wait to see the Catskills wedding – I still cannot believe that I had to cancel working with you there for that “other” reason. Strange the way the universe works sometimes. Glad you’re safe and sending good vibes your way for the rest of the trip. xo

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  • November 14, 2011 - 10:54 am

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  • April 13, 2012 - 11:26 am

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I’m on a one-month trip around the world that began yesterday when I landed in NY.

Self portrait. Brooklyn, NY. Teo’s apartment.

Next up is the Catskills mountians for a wedding, then straight to Fiji for another wedding. London after that for my Artist Workshop. And then off to Turin, Italy to see my old pal Patrick who I haven’t seen since I was 15 when we did some bad acid together in South Africa… Pappin (Son Of Shark Pig) is coming along to London and Italy to shoot our workshop and whatever else he gets his camera on. Remember the epic behind-the-scenes video he shot for my feature in Rue Magazine? Stuart is meeting us out in Italy (yay!) and then we’re going to try and go over to the French Riviera for a couple of days before coming back home. I am SUPER excited!

My absolute hands-down favorite inspiration/design/fashion/art blog is Morning Passages. Jessie and I have been “online lovers” (as she puts it) for 3 years now since we discovered each other and she posted this feature on my work a while back. So, of course, coming to Brooklyn, I knew I had to try to meet her in person. We met for a drink last night- she is even more rad and beautiful in person. Jessie also works for Lomogoraphy and we have some very cool stuff planned! She posted this on her blog today : )

In a beautiful strange coincidence, I also happened to have run into Shoko Wanger while I was hanging out on the street in Williamsburg last night! Shoko is the sweet, beautiful and talented writer that did the interview for my Dark Weirdo Rue Magazine feature, and we had never met in person before either. She recognized me on the street and we gave each other a huge hug – she’s so lovely!! Then Jessise and I talked about how gorgeous she was for, like, ever.

I am stayng with my best friend designer Teo Griscom of Unforeseen Circumstances here in Williamsburg. We all met up last night with Jessie, an old friend of mine from San Diego- Noelle, incredible Photographer Eric Kvatek who’s an old friend from Santa Fe, NM that I haven’t seen in 17 years, and his beautiful girlfriend, Bunny.

After that we went over to see my friend Jane Blevin– a cult icon in her own right/ incredible artists, designer & textile maker. I also hadn’t seen her in about 14 years since she left San Diego to go on her adventures. The first time I saw her was at my first Crash Worship show back in 97/98 (changed my life). What an epic creature she was on stage! Last night, until 4am, we had the most “ineffable” (her favorite word) time: listening to Jane’s stories about her burlesque days in New Orleans (Lady Jane was the FIRST burlesque show in this now-modern resurgence of the old performance art). She showed us her magical garden, built around the grave of her beautiful 3-legged dog Doodle, she made us cocktails and showed us all her photos & art: textiles, prints, and her beautiful illustrated poetry book (which made me cry and reminded me a LOT of the concept for my short film: The Alchemical Poisoning Of Magus Sherwood). Jane is one of the most fascinating, beautiful, talented and honest people I have ever met. A true artist. We got Blevinated.

I took photos of everyone on my film camera, so when I get back from this trip I will get it all developed and post. Heading to the Catskills tomorrow morning…

  • August 25, 2011 - 6:33 pm

    ben azoulay - What a cool post! This is so exciting Noa. I’ll check back often to see you’re photos. Gorgeous photograrphy and art really. You’ve definitely cultivated your talents.

  • August 26, 2011 - 4:39 am

    Lee Anne - Awwwwwww, the only thing that’s missing is me. Have an AWESOME, AMAZING, INCREDIBLE, STUPID CRAZY, MIND BLOWING, FUCKING GREAT time, gonna hold my breath until I see ALL the pics. Luv you! xoxo

  • August 31, 2011 - 9:29 am

    rory amber - i love that pic of you! It glows. Looking forward to seeing your film!

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