Grace DuVal is an independent fashion designer, photographer, and wearable artist. She is currently living in Chicago, IL where she is working on her master's degree in Fashion, Body and Garment at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
This blog is an account of her creations and life adventures. All content and images © Grace DuVal unless otherwise stated.

For Christmas Jim surprised me with a very thoughtful gift. Ever since I photographed the beautiful interiors of artist’s studios in Antwerp, I had a hankering for a good wide-angle lens for my camera. In Belgium I was shooting with Jim’s 18-200mm, but I wanted to be able to get even wider shots. And so in my spare time I drooled over a 10-20mm lens, knowing that it was well out of my budget.

Here comes Christmas day, and a mysterious package appears from Jim. Lo and behold, inside is the exact lens that I’ve been absentmindedly oogling for MONTHS! I was stunned.

Ever since I’ve been running around taking beautiful wide-angle shots, hankering to go back to Antwerp and visit some more artists. For now, Natural Bridge Station will have to do. The other morning we had a beautiful sunrise over the mountains, with a thin layer of snow still coating everything. I caught a few moments from my front yard with my new lens and giggled with glee.

I sure do come from a beautiful place, huh?