"Rotterdam-based photographer Ari Versluis and profiler Ellie Uyttenbroek call their series Exactitudes: a contraction of exact and attitude. By registering their subjects in an identical framework, with similar poses and a strictly observed dress code, Versluis and Uyttenbroek provide an almost scientific, anthropological record of people's attempts to distinguish themselves from others by assuming a group identity. The apparent contradiction between individuality and uniformity is, however, taken to such extremes in their arresting objective-looking photographic viewpoint and stylistic analysis that the artistic aspect clearly dominates the purely documentary element."
A friend was telling me this morning that he and his girlfriend were involved in a community service where Youth Speaks were there getting kids to write down their thoughts in haiku and what came from those kids was amazing. A small example on YouTube. Their tagline: "... because the next generation can speak for itself..." I love that.
While I missing my garden so very much, it nice to find refuge in Denise Grünstein's beautifully photographed flowers in such a wild and wonderful way. Via the dearest Dear Ada. Image by Denise Grünstein.
D tells me all the time I don't need a studio for all of my found art objects, wrapping paper, ribbons, reams of paper, envelopes, canvas, sewing mess ... he says I need my own satellite-house and I think he is right! Shrunken-house = Sheds. Yes.
Haven't you ever imagined you were lived in a sturdy farmhouse Kenya in the early 1900's? I do. Often. The clothes, the silver and china, the setting, the people, the adventure. Old, soft, scuffed up leather chairs with big ottomans. And maybe a Kilim sofa or chair? Silver candelabras, a smoky library walls full of leather-bound books, feather beds and mosquito nets hung around them, linen suitslightly wrinkled from heat and sweat. A porch with wicker chairs to sit in to dream, sip tea and write. It all sounds fabulous.
If I ever thought I had lived in another time, in another body ... this time, in this place would have been where I lived, loved and died. Some of the only books I have read without falling asleep are by and about Karen Blixen. Extraordinary life of sadness and adventure by an extraordinary woman. And I can never channel surf passed "Out of Africa" without stopping, watching, weeping. For what she had and lost.
In these downtimes, it is fun to find and share something good and free. Yes, Free. Free antique images graciously offered up by Gray Grayson. Who lives and works in my old stomping grounds in Texas. I love this Buffalo print. And he promptly sent me my large file when asked. Wonderful. (Am going to frame it for D).
During the recent holiday season, Publicis Vancouver - inspired by the recent economic recession - opted for a contribution to the local food bank on behalf of their clients. In lieu of a traditional holiday card, paper plates were sent to clients informing them of the donation made. The response was overwhelming and received much praise, including an on-air mention from a local radio station."
Besides cleaning house, taking the dogs to the vet, we are making use of EcycleWashington.org today with our old television. D got a new HD flat screen TV for his birthday to replace the old one that has a very wavy picture with the audio going out. In other words, our TV watching was a weird experience! And of course, I forgot to call my S-I-L for her birthday, think I will do that this very minute. Happy Birthday Kate.
You probably noticed I haven't been blogging very much lately. I told my friend Gerrie that I felt like my blog was dying a slow death. Working downtown Seattle has some nice aspects, the view, being close to friends who work downtown, the "city feeling", the commute. I am also driving to Redmond a couple of times a week so I really have to keep up with the work on one desktop or another, make sure it goes with me, make my early morning budget meeting either by phone or being there in person. I feel like a ping pong ball. Which is fine, because my mind has felt like a ping pong ball has been bouncing around in there for over a year ... might as well synch up my physical existence. I was really hoping work would calm down after the Inauguration but I haven't seen that yet.
So when I saw this about the "too busy club" on Oprah and thought I should read it ;)
I just love Etsy's bethtastictwilight jewelry, resin necklaces, other resin goodness. I have gotten so many fun things from her (unfortunately, I always give them away before I photograph them) for gifts. This time ... she sent me a little extra present for myself! Thank you so very much.
I did these little business cards a coupld of weeks ago for my friend and neighbor, Rick Anderson and now he is taking them to Home Show. We only made 100. Printed them at Kinkos, they are business card size, tri-fold. Used the scoring device and a square punch. Just for fun :)
And speaking of Home Show ... from 1908–1940, Sears, Roebuck and Co. sold about 70,000 - 75,000 homes through their mail-order Modern Homes program. Over that time Sears designed 447 different housing styles, from the elaborate multistory Ivanhoe, with its elegant French doors and art glass windows, to the simpler Goldenrod, which served as a quaint, three-room and no-bath cottage for summer vacationers. (An outhouse could be purchased separately for Goldenrod and similar cottage dwellers.) Customers could choose a house to suit their individual tastes and budgets.Sears Homes 1908-1914, love those prices.