Posts Tagged ‘love’
I’m a little late getting out my wishes for this New Year. The momentum I was creating the first week in January took a detour with the Charlie Hebdo story. People being killed down the street from where I live and work, for expressing their ideas, shined a big light on the word “now.”
Like the little girl in the tutu at the supermarket, happy with herself, at play each moment of the day. Why wait for an “appropriate occasion” to wear that flashy skirt? Why wait until tomorrow to call that grandmother, sister, or father and tell them you were thinking of them, right now, today, for no other special reason, other than they are important to you and you love them?
Do you have something important to say that someone, somewhere should hear? Write it, send it, ship it, say it. Release fear and it uncovers love, they say. I’ve found this to be true.
A self-portrait, featuring a work of artist Kit Brown. We once had studios
on the same floor and when I think of working near Kit during those months,
I think of Chuck Close saying, “Inspiration is for amateurs, the rest of us
just show up and get to work.”
In the end
I was just thirsty
She has raised 13 children, who gave her 30 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren with at least two on the horizon for 2011. There is a lot of love directed her way. She is the matriarch and hub of the clan. One night, while sharing concerns she told me, “living is not for sissies.”
From my perspective, she has always made it look easy. She worries much, but I come away from a conversation with her feeling reassured, grounded, loved.
Every time I come home she’s the hardest person to leave.
They have probably encountered each other only a handful of times, but Anna was drawn to Grandma without either of them saying a word.
Over the weekend I photographed my friend Maria who was in town for the holidays. We always end up making photos together, she’s beautiful and we make a darn good team. The idea was to make a flip book for a project called Let’s Talk About Love Baby, an installation of romance novels, started by my friend Chido Johnson. Each book is an “individual artist’s interpretation of ‘love’ concealed and superficially homogenized” as a romance novel.
This is a huge topic and I had about 104 ideas, not exaggerating, but I’ve always adored flip books so started there. Maria and I shot three scenes, with between 150 and 200 frames each, and decided to go with the third one. It’s partly inspired by the work I have been doing lately, (some stuff below in previous posts).
We’ll see how it turns out on paper, I used Lulu and haven’t seen the hard copy yet. Electronically, it’s pretty fun!
Voilà, a coupla outtakes…