Archive | January, 2010

What is “Without A Place” Anyway???

Surprisingly, I have been asked this question very few times.

When I was in college, the teacher who saved me from really disliking photography lent me The Americans by Robert Frank. I loved it and decided I wanted to make a book someday (haven’t done that yet). I picked Without A Place as the title of my future publication. The idea of Without A Place was first inspired by this photo:

This image was taken in Paris, as we floated on a boat down the Seine River. I loved this picture (now and then) and felt it was a good picture – but not because it was taken in Paris. I don’t believe there is anything that “says” Paris or France, no Eiffel Tower, no Arc de Triomphe. And so, it was like a lightbulb went on and I realized that a good piece of art should be relatable (just made up my own word?) to a large variety of people. Some people have never been to Paris or have no desire to go, but lots of people have fed the birds. A picture should not be considered “good” simply because it is of Paris or England or Hawaii or some other far off place. So THAT is what “without a place” is – a good picture can be taken any place, any where.

Can you guess where the rest of these images were taken? Don’t know if it’s a hint or not, but all of these were taken on film, and then scanned in. This one was published in a college literary magazine!


When I Grow Up, I’m Going to be a…….

After reading The Last Lecture awhile back, of course it led me to reflect upon my own life. When I was little, there are three things that come to mind that I “wanted to be when I grow up”.

Firstly, I wanted to be a Mom. Hmmm, well, I think I’ve got the ball rolling on that one. 🙂

Secondly, I wanted to be a Photographer. Hmmm, I think I’m got that one as well.

Thirdly, I wanted to be a Fashion Designer. Take a look for yourself. These beauties here are homemade paper dolls circa 1989. Aren’t they something?? I’ve got talent!!
Ok, so my current designs (if I had any) would probably have less fringe…. and not so much orange…. the fishnets are cool though…

So, what did YOU want to be when you grew up? and did you do it?? I want lots of comments on this one! Even from you Blog Stalkers 🙂

I did have one fleeting moment in college when I wanted to be an astronaut. But I realized being a mom and being an astronaut would be a rather difficult match (although some ladies do it, it wasn’t for me), so I’ll settle for being a star-gazer instead.