Photo Essay: South Beach on Experimental Film

by Rachel Staggs
( October 20th, 2014 )

shorecrest south beach

When I travel, I always take several film cameras with me. This year, I’ve been experimenting with different types of film from Lomography. I took their Revolog Kolor 35mm with me to South Beach, Miami.

penguin hotel south beach

I was expecting a bit more variation in color after viewing the samples, but maybe South Beach is just too perfectly turquoise.

miami south beach

the berkeley shore south beach

Have you tried this particular film or any of the Revolog films from Lomography?

art deco south beach

art deco building

aqua south beach

To make sure I’m not upset if/when my film experiments don’t turn out, I try to capture things digitally as well.

crescent hotel south beach

As you can imagine, with an average of five film cameras in rotation, I have a difficult time keeping track of what film is in what camera. I have tried keeping a little book of notes detailing this information, but it just takes some of the spontaneity out of it.

miami south beach seagull

I have a feeling that will change after this year of experimental film. Previously, my furthest experiments were with redscale film, tungsten film, and slide film.

miami south beach ocean

You probably can’t tell, but the full moon is in these last two shots. It was stunning to watch it rise over the ocean before sunset.

I’ll be reporting back here with more film experiments! I have a feeling I’ll be gathering my little books for keeping records. Please let me know if you have any record keeping/tracking tips for me!

May your journey be your muse,


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Dish: Loup de Mer at Maison Boulud in Montréal

by Rachel Staggs
( October 15th, 2014 )

loup de mer maison boulud

I have always dreamed of dining in one of Daniel Boulud’s restaurants and was lucky enough to do so while visiting Montréal. Maison Boulud is located inside the beautifully historic Ritz-Carlton.

maison boulud menu

I ordered the Loup de Mer with fennel and figs. Each bite was a beautiful symphony of flavors – each note perfectly balanced. Cheers to Executive Chef Riccardo Bertolino!

It’s a dish I would order again if I had the chance. I’ve recently looked at their menu online and it’s not there. Maybe it was seasonal, or a daily special, I’m not certain. Maybe it was all a dream!

maison boulud fireplace

The space is gorgeous with light reflecting off of many of the surfaces, including the fireplace. I imagine it’s quite romantic in the evening.

If you’re in the area, stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Better yet, spend the night at The Ritz-Carlton and enjoy all three!

The Ritz-Carlton Montréal
1228 Sherbrooke St. West
Montréal, PQH3G 1H6
Phone:  +1 (514) 842-4212

May your journey be your muse,


Some or all of this experience was sponsored which may include travel and other costs. All opinions are my own.

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Road Trip: West Texas Clouds

by Rachel Staggs
( October 9th, 2014 )

west texas clouds

Just over a week ago, my husband and I embarked on a last minute art delivery across the state of Texas. My medium format film photography has been traveling across the country in an adorable airstream trailer full of art, vintage, vinyl, and provisions for the road.

small room collective

I met the folks with Small Room Collective this past March when we were in Marfa celebrating my birthday. They were kind enough to welcome my artwork into their beautifully curated mobile gallery and shop. It’s been great fun to follow them on Instagram and see my artwork traveling all over the United States. Be sure to check out their tour schedule to see when they will be in a city near you!

iraan texas rest stop

iraan texas rest stop

The clouds in West Texas are always awe-inspiring, but these were particularly stunning and went on for miles.

texas rest stop moto

Even the rest stops were beautiful! We crossed paths with this Harley couple several times along the interstate when stopping for gas or taking a snack break. The handlebars on her bike had the most amazing fringe.

west texas clouds

west texas clouds

After turning off the interstate to head toward Marfa, the landscape is sprinkled with beautiful mountains and mesas.

west texas clouds

west texas clouds

west texas clouds

west texas clouds and sky

I looked up through the sunroof and was treated to this beautiful view.

west texas clouds

It always amazes me how many power lines are stretched across uninhabited areas to get to these small West Texas towns.

marfa texas clouds

We only got to spend one night in Marfa, which is a first. It takes so long to get there, we always try to stay a few nights or more. Even though it was a quick round-trip, I was still able to enjoy the relaxed energy that makes Marfa such a great escape from the city. Look at those clouds!

May your journey be your muse,


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