à la carte archives


This tag is associated with 5 posts

Budapest Then and Now: A Photo Essay

In an era when anyone can take a decent picture, even of themselves, with just one hand using a smartphone, it’s hard to recall a time when we needed a camera, film and two hands to capture a scene. Then, we decided in advance the number of exposures, the sensitivity to light we wanted and … Continue reading


Bill Cunningham, Spiritual Hero

“Money’s the cheapest thing. Liberty and freedom is the most expensive” – Bill Cunningham It’s hard to imagine not liking, or at least not appreciating, Bill Cunningham, the New York Times photographer and youthful soul who recently passed away at 87. His sheer joy in photographing people in Manhattan infected even me, whose interest in fashion and … Continue reading

Self-Image, Feldenkrais and KonMari

I’ve been on a decluttering marathon the last 10 days. I began to follow the KonMari Method of tidying up after my own efforts stalled and I needed to jumpstart my resolve. The key to this approach is to keep only what sparks joy, unless an item is necessary. It reminds me of the Feldenkrais Method where, through multiple approximations, we learn to … Continue reading

Can a Mammogram be “Fun”?

Mammograms can be a real pain in the boob.  Although recommended as a screening tool, they are not foolproof.  Mammograms failed to detect cancerous tumors in at least two women I know, including a family member. Still, each fall I schedule my appointment, a cross between a medical and psychological ritual.  Even if imperfect and … Continue reading

My Camera as Spiritual Teacher

Yesterday, while walking alongside terracotta rolling hills, bright blue sky above bulging with huge pillowy clouds, my camera stopped working.  The fully extended zoom lens was stuck there, as if it had taken too much Viagra and couldn´t change its shape.  I pushed various buttons, trying to get it to budge, but no luck. My … Continue reading

Enter your email address to receive notifications of new posts.

Thank you!

Whether you leave a comment or a donation, I appreciate your support.

Follow à la carte spirit by ilona fried on WordPress.com