THE AGE OF AQUARIUS
I headed out on a bipolar-weathered Saturday to meet Monica. After all, I was quite keen on getting acquainted with Ms. Reyes. I was looking forward to hearing her story and capturing her stunning beauty.
I immediately connected with her light-filled airy space, instantly spotting intriguing items such as the vintage SX-70 Polaroid cameras lying casually on the dining table. We joked about the almost 'clutch-like' quality of one, with its tan leather exterior which is belongs to her father - nostalgic and a great accessory. The amazing outdoor spaces adorned with various plants, bamboo stalks, and one with a hammock literally took my breath away. Not to mention the mountainous display of books with the likes of Ellen Von Unwerth, Joan Didion, Guy Bourdin...you get the point. It was a little slice of Bohemia in the heart of New York City.
Reyes, was born in Venezuela and raised in Sweden. Though for the past decade of her adult life, she has lived as a New Yorker. She travels quite a bit, which would account for the adorable little pieces that one can assume she has picked up along the way. She is also quadrilingual; fluent in English, Spanish, Swedish and Portuguese. Monica's latest project is a documentary film which she has been working on for some time and making great headway with. Although she won't speak much about it, I found myself quite intrigued not only by the mystère of the project, but because I am very much into documentaries.
Upon our conversations over peeking sun rays from the adjacent structures and slightly withering gladiolas, I come to discover that like I, Monica is an Aquarius. My apologies, but I always become super-enthusiastic whenever I find someone who shares my astrological sign. This new-found knowledge now fuses into the topics at hand as we relate over our cosmic similarities.
The golden hour is upon us and over hypnotic reggae beats, I am getting in the last shots of the day. Monica is resting in her fluorescent pink hammock and I am relieved that I don't have to perform anymore death-defying maneuvers on the roof to get a shot of her in it from above. I myself, have steered clear of hammocks since falling out of a one in my grandfather's backyard when I was a young girl. So it is through her that I am vicariously lying in such a cool woven sling bathing in the golden light. Monica sits up to give a different point-of-view for me to work from. And with that, the sun lends the most perfect graze to her curly locks giving her amazing sunlit hair.
Check out more photos of Monica on the CURB APPEAL Tumblr page and be sure to follow on Instagram @curb_appeal for sneak previews/behind-the-scenes/and other pretty things!