I'm going home this weekend for Labor Day and I absolutely can't wait. I'm going to go hiking, swim under waterfalls, visit my favorite farmer's market, drive down questionable dirt roads, roast s'mores with my niece and nephews over a campfire, and go to bed early every night. That's the sort of life I grew up with—summers in the Adirondacks are really the best thing. I tell everyone that and I mean it. It might not have the caché of St. Barths or Mykonos or Bora Bora, but it's special (and domestic!). The people who love it there really love it.
If you look at Amanda Brooks's Instagram or flip through the lifestyle section of Bruce Weber's portfolio, you'll see the Adirondack influence. It's an inspiring place. Though I must say, growing up there and being obsessed with fashion photography wasn't an easy thing. If I wanted an issue of W, I'd have to get my parents to drive me 30 minutes to the closest bookstore that carried it. If I wanted a copy of Vogue Italia, it'd take 4 hours to get to the nearest Barnes & Noble that stocked it—or drop lots of money and order it off Ebay. Thank God for places like the Fashion Spot, where people across the world review and scan every single magazine within hours of it hitting newsstands.
—Tom Newton, ITG photo assistant