In this moment

July 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

I’m listening to an old love of mine – Damien Rice.

Like a morning sun

Good good morning sun

The girl that does yoga

When we come over

The girl that does yoga

I’m reading The Reason for God by Timothy Keller. I’m being challenged and affirmed as I read the words in this book, but as an answer meets one of my questions another 10 questions come about.

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I’m dreaming about dining and living at Milkweed in Avoca, WI. It’s a magical place to be.

via Driftless Appetite

I’m thankful for a long night of rest and thrifting today with some true, good friends.

Print by Ashley Goldberg

A nod to good people who find joy in doing what they do and who choose to share it with the world.

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Subtle Images

July 27, 2012 § 2 Comments

Lately I’ve been inspired by the work of photographers who create barebone images – where at first glance not much seems to be going on, where they’re stripped down and up close, where the story is a little more subtle.

Brian Mancl from Chicago usually has just one subject in his pieces, sometimes even just one line – vertical, arc, or horizontal.

I really like how the texture of Michael A. Muller’s subjects are so palpable in this post.

I also like his details in this photo shoot of a leather crafts studio and this one of the design team L A N D.

Selling at $4.3 million, “Rhein II” by Andreas Gursky is the most expensive photo in the world.


A nod to simplicity.

I wonder

July 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

I turned a year and a day older this past weekend. I spent my twenty-sixth birthday communing and camping. It was such a sweet reminder and celebration of the love that I have in my life. A new year is always a time of reflection for me and these past few days I have been wondering about many things.

Photo by Abi Christian

Will I be able to do my makeup as elegantly as this lady when I’m seventy? Will I even see the lines on my own face?

Photo by Ari Seth Cohen

Will I thrive as a well-traveled woman?

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Will my obsession with cabins and tree houses ever be more than just a collection of photos?

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One thing I’m certain about is that I will I continue to write on my thoughts, revelations, doubts, faith, love and loss, travels, and life moments into the journals that hold the words that are so near to my soul. I’m also certain that surrounding yourself with love is a necessity in moving through life.

Let Yourself Be Distracted

July 23, 2012 § 1 Comment

Today I have far too many things to get done. So naturally I’ve found several distractions to help me procrastinate.

Like Bartholomäus Traubeck’s amazing tree ring record player, which plays the grooves of sliced tree trunks.

Or Susan Straight’s class project on what makes a home, which went from an exercise on materials and floor plans to deeply personal revelations:

“I have a huge crazy Filipino family, and we buy so many presents at Christmas you can’t see the tree. I mean it. We throw the presents at each other. If you don’t pay attention you’ll get hit in the head. Home to me — what I want — is to have a tree and throw presents at my kids.”

Author Jonathan Safran Foer’s (author of Extremely Loud, Incredibly Close) current project is being a curator for the collection “Retrospective of S.” He wrote the accompanying text for each painting, making up the fictional painter’s life story and her various artistic phases. A group of artists were then blindly assigned to paint one piece. Here’s one by artist Rochelle Feinstein.

Graphic designer Dinah Fried’s latest project involved recreating meals from famous pieces of literature like Catcher in the Rye and Alice and Wonderland. Here’s one from Moby Dick.

A nod to good distractions.

Defining “Art”

July 20, 2012 § 2 Comments

Guest post by Dan Burnett.

A good friend of mine many years ago told me that he defined art as “anything made for the sake of being made.”  Although at the time I found this really vague (and still do), I’ve always enjoyed this definition because that’s really the only reason I take photos; I take them just to take them.  I have never considered myself an artist by any means; I take photos mainly because it gives me an excuse to be outside more often, it’s challenging and fun, and because it’s an ongoing learning experiment as you try to perfect your style and learn new ones.

When I take photos I’m usually trying to do one of two things: show a subject or scene as I currently see it before me, or show an interesting or alternative perspective of the subject/scene that would normally be overlooked.

Recently I got interested in low-key photography, which I have found to be painfully challenging and frustrating – and incredibly fun.  I’ve always been a fan of shooting in black and white, and shooting black and white in low-key has allowed me to explore interesting and alternative perspectives of the items and subjects I’ve shot.

When I first started, I used myself as the subject while I figured out how low-key shots work.  I learned a lot about positioning light, longer exposures versus quick shots in high light, and how to control the shadows that add so much drama to the picture.  This is one photo from the first set I ever did, which illustrates a known form in an unknown posture and setting.

As I learned more about low-key, I began to experiment and came up with the idea of trying to capture falling water.  I experimented with different “waterfall” methods, finally settling on water being poured out of cupped hands.  I really enjoyed the reflections and shine I saw when I used reflectors to get the water to carry the light as it fell in this photo.

With objects, low-key photography can create shape and focus in the frame by the addition of the highlights created by the single light source, like in the photo below.  The contrast created between the light being carried by the water and the depth of the shadows behind the glass inspired me to do a whole set of wine related scenes.

One of my favorite low-key shots, this photo was by far one of the more technical photographs I’ve taken.  A relatively long shot with very low light, this picture captures both light and shadow, detail and abstract, disorder and pleasant ambiance.

Shooting low-key is great if you want to learn how to manually control light, finally figure out what that setting on your camera that you never use actually does, and spend an hour or two in a dark room.  It really is a neat style of photographic art, regardless of how you define it.

Art Up So Close

July 18, 2012 § 1 Comment

Walking through Art Fair on the Square was like seeing 100 exhibits within steps of one another. It was wonderful to get up close to each artist’s work. Below are some of my favorites.

I love Beth Bojarski’s form of storytelling, which she displays on wood with layers of paint. Each character she creates has so much weight to them and it engages me to ask “Who is this?” See more of her work here.

Safe Place to Land by Beth Bojarski

Laura Harris is a mixed media artist who shares the same career background as me. She worked as a speech-language pathologist (SLP) in the public school system for years before committing full-time to art.  She is the second artist who I have met in the past few months who worked as a SLP, and this fact continues to inspire me to keep pursuing the creative side of me.

Twisting a Thought by Laura Harris

My eyes were inches away from Amy Gillespie’s work. At first glance I couldn’t figure out what materials she was using until I read a card that explained the combination of wood, felt, and paint. Her pieces are gorgeous.

Amy Gillespie

A nod to all of the artists who share their work with all of us.

To Lighten the Drudgery

July 16, 2012 § 1 Comment

If your Monday work day is feeling a bit like this:

you may need to bounce and sprawl on this crocheted playground by Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam (it’s safe!),

dream about running away on this vintage mod scooter (it beckons!)

and indulge in a few yonderly moments (a word of absent-mindedness and mental distance, deftly illustrated by The Project Twins).

Here’s to a Monday morning and all that it could be.

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