Once upon a time, on an ocean in the mind.
In late March I pitched the frame of my camping tent in the living room, stretched a white king sheet across it to form a mini studio light box, and started taking macro photographs of different types of plastic bags scrounged from about the house. What began as a form of escapism, the desire to imagine floating free upon the sea, ended up being a highly rewarding exercise in presence, and a somewhat unintentional environmental statement. I’d expected to have something to share sooner, but such is the creative process.
The three images you see here are my favorites so far. 1) White Kitchen Garbage Bag, 2) Green Grocery Bag 3) Large Black Garbage Bag. Each final is comprised of multiple images, and each of those images is a focus stack of up to 98 individual photos. The sky’s were mostly collected from my front porch. The gull, is hopefully doing well in Oregon.
It’s a strange thing to be grateful for the opportunities provided by bad situations. There’s an inherent contradiction, wanting the best for everyone, and knowing that sometimes the obstacles are the way. Hope you are well.
Following the passing of monumental artist Christo at the weekend, we delve into seven of his most significant projects realised in collaboration with his late partner Jeanne-Claude. Among them, one of the artists’ earlier projects, Wrapped Coast, which saw the pair cover the rocky shorefront of Sydney’s Little Bay. More on The Spaces. Photo: Shunk-Kender © 1969 Christo
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Demonstrators in Hillcrest chanted "I Can't Breathe," "Black Lives Matter," and the names of those who have died at the hands of law enforcement officers across the nation in recent years.
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While I was gone on my trip to Northern California the world got flipped upside down. I've remained silent on this issue because frankly my page is not a political page. you don't follow me for my views on political and social issues. However remaining silent is not the right choice right now.
The unnecessary death of George Floyd touches anybody with half a soul. How not just one but four police officers allowed this to happen is shocking and leaves me baffled. not one of the other officers stepped in to say something. Police brutality in the United States has been unacceptable for decades. The numbers don't lie, Blacks are twice as likely to be the victim of excessive force. This has to stop. Racism has to stop.
I agree with the need for change, but we need to do it peacefully and through the voting booth. We need to continue to raise awareness about the issues and vote people into office that will reform our nation. When I mean vote people in the office I don't mean just the president I mean all the way down the ballot to our local levels.
For my friends who are photographers and who are out there documenting this time, please be careful. While there is a need to document history there is also a need to protect one another and to be safe. There's no picture that is worth your life Make good choices while documenting history and letting your voice be heard. Stay safe, stay strong and stay informed. #blackouttuesday
I got distracted again.
Mostly by Iceland, but generally by life (and also by the Mistborn series that I’m re-reading avidly and obsessively. @brandsanderson, you devil, you get me every single time). I meant to post several videos and photos during my week away. I really meant to share some of these moments with you. Somehow, I lost the reflex of even taking my phone with me - let alone thinking of opening Instagram. It’s not that I’m apologizing, more that I’m realizing that I have truly changed. Bear with me - I still don’t quite know how to navigate these new whims and my desire to stay a little bit connected here.
You will still see the videos and photos; just know that I am planning on keeping allowing myself to get submerged in the now.
We drove the whole ring road with my sister and her boyfriend, which was incredible. They’d never been to Iceland before and were looking forward to seeing our plot of land and more generally the country in which my husband and I are settling this year. We listened to music, we talked, we bathed in so many hot springs and baths, we played board games, we got stuck in the snow (twice in the same day) and had an amazing time.
Returning to Brussels was very hard and I did my usual thing of burying myself in work instead of confronting my sadness. Things are looking up though, as I am now pretty sure it’s only going to be a few months before we definitely move.
Such a bittersweet symphony, this life.
Photo taken last spring in Utah, just because I can’t share any of Iceland yet (hopefully developing them this month)
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Phone shot from this week's camping location.
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