March 30, 2009

ITROW--Foccocia

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I like baking bread. Especially this kind. You feel so gourmet, but it is easy, and completely delicious!

March 27, 2009

EARTH HOUR



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March 25, 2009

within walking distance: right place, right time

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I attended a photo conference recently, and one of the things a presenter said was to take a picture when you noticed it. So, as I was walking last wednesday to an appointment, I noticed these doors. I liked them. So I took a picture. Once the mirror was back in place (after the shutter had completed its duty), I saw this through the viewfinder:



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So I quickly clicked. I had no idea someone was coming with a bike, all of a sudden it was just there. I love the image. Taking it made me feel so accomplished. I caught it just in time, and at the right time. Great pictures happen when you show up. You have to be ready for them.

wednesdays:grapes and lullabies

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play time

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lunch time

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song time

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nap time

March 24, 2009

Inspiration: Katherine Wolkoff

New favorite: Katherine Wolkoff. Check her out HERE. Deer beds especially. Dreamlike and beautiful desaturated color.

If you don't subscribe to Women in Photography, you should (especially if you are a woman).

birthday presents and small sizes

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This little outfit had been hanging there since his birthday. It looked so perfect against the clean white, being a mother is a beautiful thing. I am enjoying having things his size as accessories in my life and home. I photographed it a few weeks ago.

March 20, 2009

Film Screening

Tonight, you need to go see this. Seriously. GO! 6:30 at the Salt Lake Art Center.

March 19, 2009

someone asked me recently...

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if I knew who mark rothko was.

the answer is yes.

the image is homage to him.

as are other color studies i've done. I need to get those on here.

March 18, 2009

spring sunset

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The sweet light is back. I missed it terribly. The sun coming through our window was so beautiful and warm and uplifting.

When I was in college, there was a period where all of my work was yellow toned (through NO intervention of my own), and though the images were beautiful and happy, the tone made them see
m,... well..., foreboding. As if at any moment, my life was about to turn into a horror movie, or worse yet, these were going to be used in the next coming America's Most Wanted, and these were the pictures they would use as illustrations as they told my story.

The thing about this is that the images were HAPPY and BEAUTIFUL. I did not know why they turned
out this way. Why they read this way. It was frustrating at the time, like my work was telling me something about myself.

However, this is the work I was creating right before unmadeup (see sample and artist statement
). Now, if history repeats itself, and it does, I can accurately be deliriously excited about starting my next big project.

I went to a photo conference this past weekend, and I made a complete fool of myself yesterday purchasing the necessary supplies to make a light box.

See, Richard Avedon did unbelievable portraits using a large format camera, like this:


Portraits like this:


Ronald Fischer, Beekeeper
Davis, California, 1981

copyright Richard Avedon

In set ups like this:





So, its being built this week by me and T, and there will be some portraits up so SOON! Can't WAIT!

March 17, 2009

four men i wish i didn't know

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And I wish T did not know we were such good, old friends. T has a relationship with them of his own. Its so unhealthy.

wednesdays:the hospital

after another bout with an ear infection, we woke up thursday to this:

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T and I were both concerned, hit the doctor's office, and the verdict: allergic to amoxicillin. Started W on a benadryl regimen. Woke up at 2am Friday morning to this:

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Rushed to ER, seeing as his face was 3x normal size. Lips were swollen. Photographed to be able to process and cope:

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(this heart is just for you, Jan)

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and then we're taken in. The monitors are on. W is scared. We're scared. Nothing seems to be getting better. He wants to nurse the entire time (these last pictures were taken in a 5-second distraction relief from T).

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Hours and multiple medications later, Dr. Jackman let us go home, told us to CLOSELY monitor his spots, swelling, etc. (can I quickly mention this happened on Friday the 13th, when W was 13 months and 13 days old. EERIE!)

We're home. Its Sunday. He finally looks almost normal again. We're playing on the bed. He's laughing again. And then, he bumps his head, big time:


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Can you see that outline of his goose-egg on his forehead?! (just a note, both of these pictures were taken AFTER he was soothed and calmed after his bump. Not right after it happened. That would be cruel).

So, here's hoping your friday the 13th was A LOT better than ours.

March 11, 2009

wednesdays:learning with dad

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Hug stuffed animal
whirling dervish books
learn to drum and balance

(as a side note, we rented The Visitor from redbox recently, and we are both drumming little rhythms all the time. Looks like W has caught on.)

March 9, 2009

Motivation, Inspiration, and REAL photographs

Beautiful post. And I am so thankful because it led me here. I must have died and gone to photography heaven. No more self-deprecating thoughts about not fitting in, not being good enough. I've been having ugly duckling complex. From now on, will be acting, and photographing, like a swan. (you may have read up until this point. W in his desire to be involved, pushed the publish button)

Specifically relating to my work, I've been wondering about my wednesday project. Mostly have been doing portraits of him, which I think is what I wanted initially, but now as I am photographing again more and more and more I realize there is so much else I want to show and photograph for him, and for me, to document his life, and my life, and the life and stage of our family. This is okay. I am glad I'll be able to post these:

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investigated

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thrown

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forgotten

March 5, 2009

new favourite

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W's new favourite toy.

I must apologize about the spelling, I'm reading The Reading Group by Elizabeth Noble, and she's a Brit. That should explain the "u".

March 4, 2009

Brigitte Lacombe


copyright Brigitte Lacombe

I am sure it is well known that I like alexis bledel. But I need to say something about how much this image moves me. I was raised on Rosie the Riveter. She is part of the current social psyche of all American women (at least I think so). Do you agree? I kind of wonder what it was like to be female in America before her. I have an idea, at least of what being a mother was like, from reading this book. I had heard Brigitte Lacombe's name before, I honestly cannot remember where, but I have been enjoying her work immensely now. All the images from this project are on MSN, apparently they were for Glamour, I guess. I do not love them all (who am I to judge, though), but I think this is because I am not as familiar with these historical figures in terms of history, but also in terms of look and style (since it was about style, after all). I do enjoy the shot of Alicia Keys as Michelle Obama, and very much like Amelia Earhart as portrayed by Hayden Panettiere. These images are incredibly stylized and worth a look.


wednesdays:learning to slide

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As is evident in the last image, he was approaching the idea of sliding with MUCH trepidation.