Travel

ITALIAN BEACH TOWNS: VARIGOTTI

I have an obsession with beaches during the winter.  There’s a tension between the tranquil visual serenity and the deafening crashing of waves and violent salty winds.  In the northern region of Italy, the winters are usually mild, so Laura, Aria, and I were back in Varigotti to visit our family.  Away from the summer […]

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AFTERNOON AT THE CAFE

In Italy, the time-honored tradition of a leisurely afternoon at the cafe might be one of the most important things in life.  When I’m visiting Finale Ligure from New York, Bar Ferro is always a priority.  In fact, It’s one of my favorite cafes in Italy, where sweet pastries and the darkest espresso you’ve ever tasted remind you to […]

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BLUE HILL AT STONE BARNS

Chef Dan Barber’s restaurant Blue Hill at Stone Barns has been called one of the best dining experiences in America.  It is often a favorite of the Obamas, and has revolutionized a relentless farm-to-table ethos.  In this behind-the-scenes look from my visit to the farm in upstate New York, uncompromising purity is cultivated in an […]

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MONTAUK IN AUTUMN

I have early childhood memories of visiting Montauk during summers of the mid 1980’s.  I must have been five or six years old, and what stayed with me to this day was the impression of wilderness surrounding this town.  I remember giant waves violently ripping a tiny surfboard from my innocent hands, and later running […]

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STYLE

FIRST STEPS: CENTRAL PARK

It was one of those crisp autumn New York City weekends you only see in movies.  The leaves were turning in Central Park and we couldn’t wait start to wearing fall attire again.  This would be the day my daughter Aria took her first steps. Aria, however, immediately decided that walking was not so enthralling, […]

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Travel

2 DAYS IN VARIGOTTI

I arrived in Varigotti in northern Italy and was immediately transported to a magical wonderland for film directors and photographers. Isolated beaches, fresh orchids, salty cacti, and gelato-colored homes overwhelmed my senses as I began filming in the cinematic and whimsical style prevalent throughout my Instagram videos and GIFS. I flew to Nice, France, and […]

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NEW YEAR’S: ITALIAN RIVIERA

For me there’s always something special about visiting small beach towns during the winter.  The restaurants are closed, the streets are empty, and for some reason, it feels like time stops moving.  As a photographer and director, suddenly everything starts to looks cinematic and larger-than-life.  Standing alone on these deserted beautiful beaches or old cobblestone […]

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