A TRIP TO WAY BACK YONDER ANTIQUES by Shefon Taylor

At the end of every summer, I spend about a week at my great aunt and uncle’s house in Portsmouth, Virginia.

Along with my son, my grandparents and closest younger cousins, the week includes laying around, laughing and eating way too much food.

During this trip I ventured out to a few researched thrift stores (because, me) and stumbled on the gem that is Way Back Yonder Antiques in Portsmouth.

The quaint, unassuming shop is tucked away on a side street down town. I rang the doorbell, was buzzed in and stepped into one of the more magical places I have visited in quite some time.

I wandered around in awe at the assortment of antiques including furniture, books, jewelry and a grand antique silver collection.

The coupled owners, Ed and Ken, were not only helpful but incredibly knowledgeable in their inventory. Circling the store about five times total to take it all in, I spent my last few minutes scanning the collection of vintage cameras. (And trying my hardest not to empty my entire bank account into the cash register)

I left with a few books including a copy of Anaïs Nin’s Little Birds. I plan to revisit Way Back Yonder a little later this year to make a few larger purchases and arrange for proper packing to return north.

If you find yourself in downtown Portstmouth, this little shop is totally worth the extra stop.

Oh, and don’t forget to ring the doorbell!

xoxo,

Shefon

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20 Movie Challenge by Shefon Taylor

I started this list after seeing mutual followers and friends respond to Ron Howard’s tweet. The instructions were simple.

20 films that had an impact on you, for the next 20 days. Only post a pic. No film title or comment. “

I received a few messages for movie titles, so here’s a complete list of of my #20MovieChallenge including titles and and their respective cinema photographers.

1.Beasts of the Southern Wild
Director of Photography :
Ben Richardson

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2. I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives in the House
Director of Photography :
Julie Kirkwood

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3. The Wiz
Director of Photography :
Oswald Morris

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4. Eve’s Bayou
Director of Photography :
Amy Vincent

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5. August Rush
Director of Photography : John Mathieson

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6. Nightingale
Director of Photography : Pieter Vermeer

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7. The Black Swan
Director of Photography : Matthew Libatique

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8. Middle of Nowhere
Director of Photography : Bradford Young

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9. Losing Ground
Director of Photography : Ronald K. Gray

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10. The Shining
Director of Photography : John Alcott

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11. Medicine for Melancholy
Director of Photography : James Laxton

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12. The Watermelon Woman
Director of Photography : Michelle Crenshaw

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13. Dreamgirls
Director of Photography : Tobias A. Schliessler

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14. Girlhood
Director of Photography : Crystal Fournier

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15. Léon : The Professional
Director of Photography : Thierry Arbogast

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16. Six Degrees of Separation
Director of Photography : Ian Baker

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17. The Handmaiden
Director of Photography : Chung-hoon Chung

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18. Daughters of the Dust
Director of Photography : Arthur Jafa

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19. What’s Love Got to do With It?
Director of Photography : Jamie Anderson

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20. Island in the Sun
Director of Photography : Freddie Young

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Old Planet by Shefon Taylor

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I set out on a journey to find my old planet : to gaze at its moon, to swim in its waters, to eat its fruits, to rediscover and admire its creatures ; to purify myself in its wind and its sun. — alice walker