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Simplicity is a cup of coffee

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“Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.”
-Gustave Flaubert

I’ve been organizing my archives and thought I’d share some photos from 2013 when I started photographing my daily cups of coffee.

The funny story is, it all started in Beijing, China on a white board, with very bad pollution and too much free time.

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Thank goodness that I lived close enough to the flower market back then and from my weekly trips began “The Coffee Project”. (Also, a shout out to Jelito De Leon for the inspiration behind “How I See My Coffee” It’s just lovely)

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I believe there is much beauty in simplicity, that we are given the perfect amount of everything- to create, to explore and to inspire.

Even if it’s as simple as rearranging pretty things on a board or scootering 10 miles in a foreign country to have coffee with a friend.

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Liberty Bakery + Orso Cafe, Vancouver. White wall are such a good incentive to check out new cafes

How will you see your next cup of coffee ?

ps- congrats Hanna, Emma and Rosalind on being selected for the giveaway from my last post!

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A Hedgehog Story II

A few of you may know my current obsession with hedgehogs and you’ll be pleased to know that there’s more photos to follow.

After saying goodbye to a splendid month in Taiwan, I was presented with a gift at the airport… Amelia Hedgehog 2!

I’m really loving coming up with new concepts and themes for my projects so here is a little impromptu shoot I did featuring her travelling from Taipei-Beijing-Vancouver.

Hedgehogs after all, are born to travel.

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Amelia dreams of travel + on the plane

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Beijing airport and hedgehog spa

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Matching seats + Amelia in a bed of flowers

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Home at last and meeting the real Amelia Hedgehog

You can find follow Amelia’s adventures on Instagram and get prints here. I mean, we can all use a little more seriousness in our life.

China: from my iPhone

“Not till we are lost, in other words not till we have lost the world, do we begin to find ourselves, and realize where we are” ― Henry David Thoreau

I thought I’d share some behind the scene snaps of China from the iPhone- which is always great to capture a photo-in-process or when I am in too much of a hurry to dig out my DSLR.

China is weird and wonderful in a way that you simply have to leave your logic behind and enjoy the ride. From fried ants in dishes, children clambering to have their photo taken on the street or guards threatening to take your camera away in tourist areas, it was quite the experience.

Here are some of my most favourite moments 🙂

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Antique tools from a little village in Anhui and the prettiest view from Huangshan

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Ham hanging from walls (lunch?) and a famous bridge in JIngde, Suzhou

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Shanghai fried bao on the streets and a boat crossing in Suzhou

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The cutest chinese puppy + one more from Huangshan

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Children on Jiuhuashan (I gave them peppermints in exchange for photos) and a dog who followed me around while his owner delivered tofu!

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Koi fish in Wujiang and succulents from a tourist area in Mudu

Stay tuned for more pictures from Taiwan!

China: A story in photos

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Dog on my uncles farm and a fishermen on the river in Suzhou

China, oh China.
There is so much to write about this country. Half the time it isn’t all fun but think 50% adventure with 100% culture shock. Moments when you find yourself terrified in over crowded public spaces, lost in the middle of nowhere with no maps no communication, over the top AQI’s and crazy taxi drivers.

And oh, did I mention Chinese food?

There is however, so much beauty in the great land of China and I am glad I got to witness a piece of it on this trip.

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Beautiful layers of mountains on Huangshan, Suzhou.

We spent a week in Suzhou, Anhui, Nanking and three days hiking on Huangshan(Yellow mountain) and Jiuhua mountain- legendary places that wooed poets, film makers and… me 🙂

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The cutest couple from a little village in Anhui- the grandma insisted on posing with watermelon!

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Luzhi- a water town in Suzhou where you can find the cutest antique shops

There is something about the way your eye is caught by smiles of people and the way light catches through old windows in towns so well preserved that you feel like you are travelling back in time.

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Children playing on the streets, Jiuhushan

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Sunset over Huangshan

These were plenty of moments I had to remind myself to put down the camera and take in how beautiful everything was. Travelling is magical in a way that you remember all the good things about being on the road and it always leaves you thirsting for more.

Note: These photos were photographed as an assignment for Getty Images/Instagram Awards for countries underrepresented.