December 03, 2013

Life on the Farm: The Selby is in My House!

I am a huge fan of all that Todd Selby does – his photographs, his watercolors, his sense of design, the people and places he is attracted to, and his so-goofy-it’s-cool personality. He is creative and talented, and his style – as well as that of the people he photographs – is highly personal. A few years ago, after religiously reading his blog and combing every page of his first book, I found a business excuse to cold call Todd.  But what I was really hoping when I called him was that we’d chat on the phone and become friends. Which is exactly what has happened. Towards the end of our long phone call, he said. “Hey, what’s your house like?” I told him that I was moving to England and that I would send him some photos. Six months later, in July of 2012, a month after we had settled into our cottage, Todd was here on the farm paying us a visit. So here he was, running around the farm with a camera taking pictures of the barns, the garden, the treehouse, the cottage, the kids, us and all the animals. I was fascinated to watch him work. As a lover of photography myself I was amazed to see how shooting style differs so much from my own. He is spontaneous, quick, unselfconscious with his camera whereas I am always looking for the right angle and calculating in my composition. We have since kept in touch, calling each other occasionally for ideas or advice, and I am so glad to have such an inspiring new friend.

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Claire
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Claire
1 year 9 months ago

I stumbled upon your blog and have enjoyed your lovely pictures. I can tell you that the rug you featured is Moroccan (actually Berber). I have one hanging in my home that I bought in Morocco several years ago. My friend who lives there told me that these rugs were used by the Berbers to wrap their babies in. Though today most Berbers are Muslim, they historically have had some Christian influences as evidenced by the large cross in the middle of the rug. My rug has many of the same motifs.

Carola
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2 years 4 months ago

Hi Amanda, it is possible that you don't read the comments on your blog anymore, but I wanted to say hi, I am an artist from peru and have been debating between staying in the big city (Lima) or scaping to the jungle of Peru. Your book has reached my hands just at the very exact moment. So inspiring!

plastikiniai langai
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3 years 3 months ago

very very nice, thanks for posting here…

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Anonymous
3 years 8 months ago

Wonderful images and happy faces! I LOVE the vest you are wearing in the shots in the Selby – what is it?????

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3 years 10 months ago

I hope you start blogging again soon!

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