The Red Balloon

"What does it take to entertain a child? It doesn't take 3D or CGI or talking animals or pop songs or celebrity voiceovers. Children's pleasures are much simpler. The Red Balloon, a 34-minute film by Albert Lamorisse, is a masterpiece of simplicity." —AO Scott., New York Time Critics Picks.

You can find a copy for yourself online SFMoMA or watch it on YouTube.

For more information, see Janus Films (and find out more about the lesser known White Mane, as well).

Windy snapshot

Looking at the bright circles from Sharilyn and Adelaide's sunshine collage made me nostalgic for our first book I did with Judith, Windy. During the shoot Judith took this snapshot. I don't think we'd even finished dressing the set. Even though it wasn't suitable for the book, I loved it and had it pinned above my desk for months (you can still see the hole from the pin in this scan).

Though Windy was set in the autumn, this image is very spring-like and fresh, as if Windy is just about to wake up...which she probably is....