"I try to conserve my energy."
“How do you mean?”
“Everybody is always wasting their energy on being against other people. They like to say ‘I’m against this,’ or ‘I’m against that.’ I say a lot of prayers when I wake up in the morning. But one of the prayers I always say is: ‘God, please send me someone that I can help today.’”
"I grew up on a rice farm in Guyana. We didn’t have running water or electricity, or anything like that. I didn’t come to America until I was 14. My friend has been struggling lately because she can’t get a job she wants, even though she’s really talented. She’s lived in New York her whole life and hasn’t travelled very much, and she said to me: ‘I don’t understand why anyone would want to immigrate to America.’ I told her:
“Trust me— if there’s a heaven, this is it.’”
"At this time in my life, there’s nothing I really value more than interaction with my children, and they’ve just grown so busy that there’s not much of it. All I can really do is trust that they care, even if they don’t communicate it, and reflect on all the times that I didn’t reply to my mother when she sent me things."
love you mom….
Carol Rifka Brunt, Tell the Wolves I’m Home
Elliott Erwitt (American, b. France, 1928)
New York City, 1974
©Elliott Erwitt/Courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery
Join us for the opening tomorrow night at the gallery with Mr. Erwitt from 6-8pm. All are welcome.
Herb Ritts (American, 1952-2002)
Man Holding Shell, Australia, 1986
©Herb Ritts Foundation/Courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery
You are not your bra-size, nor are you the width of your waist, nor are you the slenderness of your calves. You are not your hair color, your skin color, nor are you a shade of lipstick. Your shoe-size is of no consequence. You are not defined by the amount of attention you get from males, females, or any combination thereof. You are not the number of sit-ups you can do, nor are you the number of calories in a day. You are not your mustache. You are not the hair on your legs. You are not a little red dress.
You are no amalgam of these things.
You are the content of your character. You are the ambitions that drive you. You are the goals that you set. You are the things that you laugh at and the words that you say. You are the thoughts you think and the things you wonder. You are beautiful and desirable not for the clique you attend, but for the spark of life within you that compels you to make your life a full and meaningful one. You are beautiful not for the shape of the vessel, but for the volume of the soul it carries.
THE FAR AWAY LAND - NANTUCKET, MASSACHUSETTS
‘Thar she blows!' That was the cry that spelled wealth and fame for [Nantucket and New Bedford], when for a century and a half Buzzards Bay was the world center of a golden industry. The Bay itself is only half tamed. Dark islands rise up from its depths, the last strongholds of a primitive wilderness.
—Here’s New England, A Guide To Vacationland (WPA, 1939)
NANTUCKET (Island) is named from the Indian Nanticut, meaning ‘The Far Away Land.’
—Massachusetts, A Guide To Its Places and People (WPA, 1937)
Editor’s note: These are a selection of cell phone photos. Follow Michael Cevoli on Instagram.
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Michael Cevoli is your Guide to New England. He was born and raised in Norfolk County, Massachusetts and now lives and works on the water in the seafaring town of Warren, Rhode Island. He’s a commercial and editorial photographer and you can follow his work on Tumblr, or on his website.