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Wild Measure Work – Asbury University Paris Semester

Paris: A Year Later  |  The Fresh Exchange

A year later and I still ache for this city. I don’t know if I will ever stop aching for it. Every time I see these pictures I am taken right back to the smells, the chill in the air, the light, the laughs on the metro, and how the city just felt so alive. Paris, truly won my heart in our 4 weeks there.

I thought that since it has been one year since our travels there it would only be appropriate the reignite the inspiration this city left me with by not just sharing some images but also finally really opening up about the work we did while we were there. Surprise! We were not just hanging out all the time in this beautiful city…we were actually working.

Paris: A Year Later  |  The Fresh Exchange

Paris: A Year Later  |  The Fresh Exchange

This trip came about in the craziest way. Our friend Jonathan Grant, The Culture Keeper, suggested that we help our Alma Mater, Asbury University to promote their new Paris Semester program that would allow students to come live, experience, and work in Paris for one semester. I couldn’t think of a better way to give to a place that taught me so much than to help more students have similar amazing experiences as I did.

Paris: A Year Later  |  The Fresh Exchange

Paris: A Year Later  |  The Fresh Exchange

So the 3 of us were offered our trip in exchange for giving them all the pieces they needed to show off Paris. We were asked to create beautiful pictures they could use and also to shoot a short little film that would display the experience of what it was like as a student in Paris.

Paris: A Year Later  |  The Fresh Exchange

Paris: A Year Later  |  The Fresh Exchange

So, the whole time we were enjoying our time in Paris we were also working to snap pictures, show off this beautiful city, and capture the true inspiration and importance of Paris. Since we had never been we added on an extra week on the front and back end to really enjoy ourselves. Jonathan was already in Paris when we went last year so it was really fun for him to show us around.

Paris: A Year Later  |  The Fresh Exchange

Paris: A Year Later  |  The Fresh Exchange

Each day we would tour the city, look for locations and then come back and schedule time to shoot with our lovely student, Lucy. It was one of the first times I got the chance to really do work as an on-site art director. I helped cast the vision, Jonathan made sure each shot was well styled, and Mike shot and edited.

Paris: A Year Later  |  The Fresh Exchange

Paris: A Year Later  |  The Fresh Exchange

I really couldn’t have asked for a better team of people to work with on this. Each day was full of creativity and adventure as I am sure you could see by our 16 posts from our days there. We learned so much about Parisian culture and how to blend in.

Paris: A Year Later  |  The Fresh Exchange

Paris: A Year Later  |  The Fresh Exchange

I remember the first day (only a week there) I was asked for directions in French. It made me really proud that some how in just that week I had become so comfortable with the culture there that others thought I was local to the city. Such a compliment especially in such a beautiful city.

Paris: A Year Later  |  The Fresh Exchange

Paris: A Year Later  |  The Fresh Exchange

Those 4 weeks were pivotal in our business. I have shared that before, but at that time Mike and I were not officially working together yet. This trip solidified that decision for us. Seeing how we worked every day as a team showed us this was what we were meant to do.

Paris: A Year Later  |  The Fresh Exchange

So, to this day each picture holds such weight and emotion to me because they are all slices of what has transformed me in to who I am right now. Amazing what can change in a year…even now the video we did for them feels different from even our work now, but I still felt it was great to show.

Paris: A Year Later  |  The Fresh Exchange

One note was that we had to carry the school’s branding on to the video. We could not custom design the brand for them, but it was still a real treat and a lot of fun. I hope ya’ll enjoy.

If you are a student and want to find out more you can head here and apply. It is an amazing program headed by one of our favorite professors at Asbury. A seriously amazing opportunity!

Michael Newsted: Paris

It’s been one of those days. I knew it would hit at some point. 3 weeks fully back in the US and I want back. Paris is holding part of my heart in a way I was afraid of. That city, the adventures we had, the wandering, the beauty. Goodness let’s go back? Well maybe one day, but I figure if I cannot hop a plane right now and take us all back…I would at least share some of of the image from my other friends who were there with me in Paris.

Michael Newsted is one of the most talented individuals I know. Not only that but humble…he will be blushing at me writing this I am sure. His eye for light and color is one of the best I know. Over the last few years, I have watched him evolve as an artist and it has been one of the most inspiring things to watch. Michael rediscovered his love for photography on his travels in Europe and I believe these shots from Paris really show that rediscovery well. I mean what better place than Paris to fall back in love, right? All these moments and images are so well captured, the story they each tell is so beautiful.

This trip was unique and eye-opening in many ways. I realize now how naive I was as a traveler. I felt prepared and ready! I mean I had been to China for a month, Japan, South Korea…I traveled alone all that way what is different about this?

Though this was not more challenging any way in comparison to my past trips, it was eye-opening to the personal growth that needed to happen.

My heart has been craving wandering streets, getting lost, and watching the world happen. I want that still…

There are many things I would redo about this trip from the places we stayed and the places we went, but the biggest thing I will say is to travel with those that inspire you, push you, and get you. You will hit points where you need space, but when you travel with great friends you all understand and at some point you begin to feel more like family than friends. It is crazy how I miss all these wonderful people. Now we are all over the world, but for those 3 weeks we were all in one place just living in those moments.

That is what it should be…travel is not about a check list it is about soaking it in. Taking the time to watch the street performers and spend hours in front of a Twombly discussing the purpose of life or just being silent.

I miss it. I miss it alot, but most all I miss all of us and I miss going and seeing. I miss experiencing and knowing every day holds a new surprise all it’s own.

Can you all tell I am ready to plan the next one? Thankfully I have a trip planned every month for the next 4 months, but I don’t think it will be long till we cross the pond again. Come on air miles!

Paris Type – 16 Days

Okay Okay I am working on posts for Italy tonight and before I jumped over in that direction I have one last Paris post. I am not sure who of you have caught on but while I was in Paris I secretly challenged myself to create different type for the 16 days we were in Paris. I thought it would be really cool to let the city inspire me typographically and it did not disappoint. I wanted to share it all with you today before we moved past Paris and in to the 2nd leg of our trip. I thought you all would enjoy seeing all the type in one post side-by-side.

Cheers!

Catch the whole trip and all the posts here.

Paris Day Sixteen

I don’t know what you do on your last full day in Paris. Do you go to the top of the Eiffel Tower? Do you sit at a cafe for hours? Do you shop in the tiny boutiques around the city? I have no answer and this may of been why I did a little mix of it all. This last day felt good, it felt right and it felt complete. I walked away feeling Paris had not just met it’s expectation but blown me away. It showed me a side of myself in I never expected to find on those cobble stone streets. This day ended watching the sunset down the street at a cafe, eating macarons and making a final dinner with our team in Versailles.

This town has filled me in a way I cannot really explain well and I don’t know if I am ready to yet. Being away now in Italy I feel a hole in my heart for what Paris offered. The attention to detail and the purpose of life brought me such happiness. We forget this importance in life in America and as a designer I know the that the experience from beginning to end for a brand is everything.

I am sure you all know Laduree Macarons, if not check it out, and yes I had my share of these lovely treats, but I have to say the macarons are great almost everywhere in the city and they are a perfect example of the Parisian desire for perfection, style, and attention to detail.

Lemoine was an amazing example of how this is true. We thought we should grab some macarons before hopping the train back to Versailles to have with coffee after dinner. This little spot was right by Rue Clare and couldn’t have been more adorable. I fell in love (well like I do with every macaron store of course).

These little ones were some of my favorites I saw in the city. The colors were great and oh yeah the flavors were perfectly unexpected. I was in heaven.

So what will I miss most? Everything honestly…Yes even the dogs peeing on the street or the homeless man trying to steal my groceries. I will miss it. This city is the greatest city in the world, hands down. It will forever hold a very special place in my heart and if you ever come to France take the time for this place, you will not regret it. I never expected to fall for it like I have. I am no city girl, but this place will forever be my favorite.

The day before we left my mom told me my grandfather was here fighting during World War II at that time all the monuments were boarded. The walls were empty in the Louvre and all of Paris was a desolate and lonely place. He supposedly always wanted to come back and to see the Eiffel Tower in al it’s glory the way he imagined it would look. It kind of broke my heart to know he never came back, but I hope in some existential way I fullfilled that for him. That while I was here I was able to see what he always had hoped to. He never came back to Europe and in fact very rarely left his home in Northern Michigan after returning from war. In some way how ever it is even possible I hope he saw all I saw while wandering the streets of Paris. I hope he saw the Paris he always knew was under all the devastation.

Do me a favor. If you come to Paris spend more time wandering the streets and seeing the shops, interracting with the people, and learning the history than seeing the sights. Your heart will be stolen by the culture and the expectation of beauty from the architecture to the fashion. Yes the Eiffel Tower is beautiful and the Seine is quite the site, but the people that live here and preserve all this beauty are the true treasures of this city.

Cheers my friends…Next I still have a few specific shoots to share from Paris (including tacos and yes more macarons), but then it is on to Italy.