Tag Archives: Stacy Bass

Stacy Bass Shoots 365 Flowers

Years ago, alert “06880” reader/nature-and-lifestyle photographer Stacy Bass had an idea: For the next year, she’d take and share an image of whatever she happened to be doing at noon that day.

It was, she admits, “crazy and stupid.” The project lasted exactly 2 days.

Now, Stacy’s back. Her new idea is much more workable — and beautiful.

She was inspired by Kerry Long. Stacy’s friend and fellow photographer worked on her own 365-day project, shooting images of her young daughter Lucy. Kerry’s photos were “outstanding, stunning and wonderfully composed,” Stacy says.

Lucy Roth (Photo/Kerry Long)

Lucy Roth (Photo/Kerry Long)

Her own children — much older than Lucy — “would not be nearly as cooperative,” Stacy notes. Nor are portraits her specialty.

Stacy wondered what subject matter would keep her interested and motivated every single day, for a year.

Suddenly she knew.

Flowers.

Though she photographs flowers regularly,  as part of garden shoots for magazines and private clients — check out her great Gardens at First Light book — Stacy knew she’d have to stay focused (ho ho) for a long time to find, take and share an image each day.

Stacy Bass. (Photo/Julie Bidwell for Wall Street Journal)

Stacy Bass. (Photo/Julie Bidwell for Wall Street Journal)

But she wanted to try.

Vacationing on Nantucket with her family last summer, she began.

Stacy Bass's 1st flower.

Stacy Bass’s 1st flower.

Nantucket bloomed with flowers of all kinds. When Stacy returned to Westport, she found many more.

The daily challenge proved invigorating. The positive reactions her photos drew on social media kept her going. Friends and strangers thanked her for providing a daily dose of “beauty and positivity.” (Hydrangeas are the crowd favorites.)

Some days were easier than others. About 2 months in, Stacy hit a figurative wall. She wondered if anyone would notice if she stopped.

But the feeling passed. Now that she’s finished, Stacy is proud of her consistency. She’s also thrilled to have tangible proof of 365 flowers, with a beginning, middle and end.

(Photo/Stacy Bass)

(Photo/Stacy Bass)

She’s not quite sure what to do with all those images, though. Fans have inquired about buying a print of their favorite “day,” or of a special date as a birthday or anniversary gift.

Perhaps figuring out how to do that is Stacy’s next project.

(For more information on Stacy’s flower photos, email swbass@optonline.net.)

A collage of Stacy Bass' flower photos.

A collage of Stacy Bass’ flower photos…

...and a collage of all 365 images.

…and a collage of all 365 images.

WSJ Trains Its Lens On Stacy Bass

It’s been a busy month for Stacy Bass.

First, Gardens at First Light — her book on 12 exceptional gardens — was published.

Now the Wall Street Journal has turned its lens on the talented photographer’s home.

Stacy and Howard Bass' home. (Photo/Stacy Bass for Wall Street Journal)

Stacy and Howard Bass’ home. (Photo/Stacy Bass for Wall Street Journal)

A real estate section “Inside Story” describes the waterside home’s initial attractions to Stacy and her husband Howard in 1996: the constantly changing landscape, and the fact that from the property they could see the home where her parents lived when her father died a year earlier.

It was a “nondescript,” 4,500-square-foot, 5-bedroom spec home. They offered $925,000, just below the asking price.

Since then they’ve done 4 renovations — including a gut one with Peter Cadoux Architects.

A 3rd-floor office is light, airy, and offers wonderful water views. (Photo/Julie Bidwell for Wall Street Journal)

A 3rd-floor office is light, airy, and offers wonderful water views. (Photo/Julie Bidwell for Wall Street Journal)

The WSJ piece offers details about every aspect — including, of course, Stacy’s 3 pocket gardens. Each features a unique sculpture, framed by boxwood hedges.

(To read the full story, click here. Hat tip: Jane Sherman)

Stacy Bass, in one of 3 pocket gardens. (Photo/Julie Bidwell for Wall Street Journal)

Stacy Bass, in one of 3 pocket gardens. (Photo/Julie Bidwell for Wall Street Journal)

 

Stacy Bass’ Gardens Of Delight

With spring in full bloom, Westporters have headed outside with a vengeance.

This is a town that loves gardens. But no matter how much time, effort and money we (or our hired help) spend on our plants, flowers and pathways, they seldom look the way we want them to.

Or the way Stacy Bass makes them look.

Phoebe Cole-Smith's garden in Weston. (Photo/Stacy Bass)

Phoebe Cole-Smith’s garden in Weston. (Photo/Stacy Bass)

The renowned Westport photographer — a Barnard, Columbia and NYU Law School graduate whose work has been featured in solo exhibitions, private and corporate collections, and magazines like House Beautiful — is about to publish Gardens at First Light.

Stacy chose 12 exceptional gardens in the Northeast. The book includes more than 200 photographs — all taken at daybreak. The light at that special time of day makes the gardens shimmer with hope and possibility (and create not a little envy in those of us whose gardens look nothing like these).

The backyard garden of Arlene Scanlan, in Westport. (Photo/Stacy Bass)

A page from Stacy Bass’ book, showing the backyard garden of Arlene Scanlan in Westport. (Photo/Stacy Bass)

Hand-drawn sketches offer a bird’s-eye view of each property. Additional photos provide even more perspective.

Two of the featured gardens are in Westport: her own, and Arlene Scanlan’s. Phoebe Cole-Smith’s is in Weston.

But enough about Stacy, and her beautiful gardens. Stop reading. Go outside. There’s work to be done!

(Gardens at First Light will be published May 5 by athome Books. The Connecticut launch party is Thursday, May 7, 5:30-7:30 pm at White Birch Studios in Sconset Square.)

Stacy Bass' own Westport garden. (Photo/Stacy Bass)

Stacy Bass’ own Westport garden. (Photo/Stacy Bass)

Stacy Bass: The Library’s Bag Lady

The autumn bag

The autumn bag

Long before Westport’s plastic shopping bag ban, the Westport Library sold cloth bags.

They were fine — plain, with a logo — but when supplies ran low, director Maxine Bleiweis saw a chance to jazz things up.  She asked photographer Stacy Bass to design a new one.

With typical panache Bass came up with not 1, but 4:  a bag for each season.

The images came from her archives.  Photography was always Bass’s passion, but the 1984 Staples grad took detours through law school, the movie industry and motherhood before returning to it as a career.  Her clients now include home and garden magazines, architects and designers.

“It’s nice to give something back to Westport,” Bass says.  “And now I’m making my mark visually.  My previous work for the library was more behind the scenes, and a lot less creative.”

Bass spent 10 years on the library board, including 1 as the youngest president ever.   She also chaired the development committee.

The winter one

The winter one

The 1984 Staples grad has fond memories of the Westport Library, including the original building across the Post Road (now Starbucks).  “It’s nice to maintain the connection,” she says.

Though Bass has not yet seen anyone tote her bag, she will soon.  They’re on sale at this weekend’s book sale.

“It’ll be interesting to see which one is the favorite,” Bass says.

Or how many people buy all 4.