Thought I was looking at a vintage 90s catalog but it’s current day. Yikes!!

Top Five Tuesday – Super Fun Books

I am hoping committing to Top Five Tuesday blog posts from now on. Let’s see how it goes. Today I have chosen 5 books that I think are super fun!


Fictitious Dishes
by Dinah Fried

Fried creates and photographs meals fashioned from the novels of her selection (classics of course). Quite clever and innovative! We listened to her speak at the Providence Public Library and she was great!

Advanced Style
by Ari Seth Cohen

This concept started as a blog and blossomed into two books. It is jam packed with fabulous ladies in fabulous fashion. Nothing run-of-the-mill here!

F in Exams
by  Richard Benson

Hilarious!!! This tiny book is full of real-life test answers that are so ridiculous you will laugh your butt off (well maybe if you’re a teacher you won’t) but I find it funny!!!


Dog Years: Faithful Friends, Then and Now
by Amanda Jones

Before and after photographs of dogs. Just precious. If I need to explain why this is great you are clearly not a dog person and I don’t have time for you!

And finally one of my MOST FAVORITE BOOKS OF ALL TIME:

Dear Photograph
by Taylor Jones

Once again we have before and after photos, but presented in a unique way. Take a photograph from the past, line it up at the exact location today and see the difference. Oh memories!!


Finished. Sad It Ended!


Fashion Climbing
by Bill Cunningham

I am going to tell my secrets. Once upon a time I dreamed of working for Vogue magazine as a photographer. My other dream was to be photographed by Bill Cunningham on the streets of New York City.

I was unaware of Bill Cunningham until I started to read the New York Times Sunday newspaper. I really enjoyed the small On the Street section by Cunningham. One day, I wrote his name down and looked for his work in books in the library catalog, but alas, I didn’t find any. But during my research I stumbled upon a documentary called Bill Cunningham New York. While I watched it, I just fell in love with Cunningham. He was portrayed as a simple, charming man whose lifestyle was never frivolous. He really did live for fashion. He woke up everyday, buttoned up the same blue jacket (which reminded me instantly of Mr Rogers) and started shooting the inspiration all around him taking only his faithful Nikon camera and bicycle.

I have been waiting months for the release of this book. If you love Cunningham, you will not be disappointed. How refreshing to hear his story in his own words. You can almost hear him telling you the story in person, really. His passion for fashion was so strong that he (somewhat respectfully) defied his parents and extended family and jumped right in to creating women’s hats. Most times he was poor and hungry but fashion nourished him. The point that strikes home hardest is sticking to your guns, being one of a kind and working at your art form despite the nay-sayers. How truly inspiring.

I am about a quarter way through Cunningham’s new book. I am impressed by his drive to work in fashion despite his family’s insistence that the field is not appropriate for a young man. I am looking forward to reading more.

I liked this passage so much, I wrote it down & typed it up in this Canva graphic. Cunningham has expressed how I feel about photography. For years I’ve been shooting weddings and portraits to make money of course, but my heart isn’t in it.  My heart IS in photography as an art. But that doesn’t really bring in any money unless, say, you are Cindy Sherman or Annie Leibovitz. So, at this crossroad in my life, do I continue to invest more money and time in fancy professional equipment to make money shooting weddings or do I shoot ugly, old decrepit things that inspired me?


Maybe if I win the lottery I can go back to the darkroom!! HA!