Couper and I took a trip to Atlanta at the end of October for our wedding anniversary. With time and schedules allowing us only a weekend, we decided it would be a great time to really get to know this city that we are around so often, but never get to delve into closely. We had a basic itinerary planned (which of course we didn't go by exactly- such is life!), but we did manage much exploring on the east side of town.
To lend some perspective, Couper and I share a fascination with most things old. Whether that is buildings, textiles, typography, people, retro camera gear (I'm talking retro), abandoned objects and somethings. We'd much prefer learning about these things than doing other things. We are each obviously grateful to share these interests- it's definitely unique! Neither of us are history scholars, but as we planned our weekend of course we gravitated toward very un-anniversary activities like visiting old cemeteries. On our list of to-do that is documented above was seeing The Swan House, another Atlanta History Museum offering: the Smith Family Farm, Oakland Cemetery, and browsing through the old and pretty pieces at Paris on Ponce.
The Swan House is a stunner, to say the least. Her shapes and lines are tasteful at all angles. The details are spot on and the opposite of boring. In another life where I have more time and am more detail oriented, I would like to be an architect like Philip Trammell Schutze. There is a museum there that contains some of his beautiful sketches which are completely inspiring.
The Smith Family Farm is located right near The Swan House, and serves as a close example to how a self-sustaining, plantation-plain house would have been like around the mid-nineteenth century. It is filled with old relics in the style of the 1840s. The light, the farmhouse, the natural and wood elements are all lovely for photographs. I can't imagine living there at that time- much respect.
We arrived at Oakland Cemetery right before a big Halloween tour (timing is everything.. ha!) We walked around some then, but because of our untimely-ness, left and then returned again to the 48 acre garden cemetery. I imagine it's spooky at night, but during the day it is stunning. Fixtures and engravings are artfully done. I am also in love with the fact that Oakland has seen much change- expanding, shifting, and re-arranging. It has lived much life itself. You see Couper is at work on his Kodak Ektralite oldie. That's my sweetheart.
Sunday morning we went on a little walk around Ponce until the highly recommended Paris on Ponce opened for the day! This large booth-centric building is lined with all kinds of treasures, with an awareness of thought-out space and placement. We sifted through and enjoyed seeing the variety of booth pieces and set-up. Also- the outside wall art is so fun!
It's funny how my brain never seems to stop comprehending and analyzing the elements and principles of design. I realize that sounds super "art-nerdy", but composition is always ready to be recognized in my world. This drives me crazy sometimes when I am "off the clock" and wish I could turn that part off in my brain and not care to analyze, but most of the time I am grateful for it as I am always learning and reflecting. And I know this is true and common for all kinds of creativity and people aiming for the best. So, this is why I decided to share these images, that are not commissioned, but just my life. I learned this particular weekend that I love documenting structural details in a pursuit to let the precise arithmetics shine. From the black and white floors interacting with the railings and molding at the Swan House, to excellent details in well made furniture, to the way light hits glass and windows, to the intricate granite-engravings and nicely curated spaces of old treasures. Thank you to the patient hands and minds that create like this, and for allowing us to enjoy and appreciate that kind of dedication and tasteful execution.
On a personal note, I am really amazed at how much a gift Couper is to me, and how patient and encouraging he has been in our marriage. Our pursuit of Letters + Light (which we officially launched shortly after our marriage) has definitely brought up new priorities and dreams, in which there is a need for grace. I want to emphasize that it has constantly amazed me that I can live life with someone who really understands my heart and passion for design and photography. He is an artist and a wise man, who encourages me daily about balancing work/leisure/people/life, and how growing and learning is nothing to spite, but instead to be proud of. I love you, Couper! You're the better half for sure.
Of course food is enormously important, and if you are looking at dining in Atlanta, let me point you to Boca Lupo (East Side), Empire State South (Midtown), and Leon's Full Service (Decatur). Those are three among many, many outstanding dining options.