The Long Way Home


Cathedral Stories
September 17, 2012, 6:40 PM
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You wouldn’t know it, but I took these shots in a church: Saint Paul’s basement in Oakland. I was shooting more church-like photos for another project, and caught sight of that checkered-tile floor as I leaned over the bannister of a staircase. I haven’t shot digital for months, so it felt strange to click off a bunch of frames instead of economizing them like I do with instant film.  I’ve been more cautious with photography this year; I’m hesitant to take risks. I’ve been more protective of my grief, and talking about my mother’s life, and I wonder if this is affecting my creative life as well. Also, Jeff and I haven’t traveled much lately — a typical impetus for picture projects —  but we planned a few road trips for fall which I’m excited about visiting through my lens.

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Hi Lisa–this reminded me of your self portrait on a chessboard from August 12. Thanks, M

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Comment by Michael Williamson

yes, the floor definitely reminded me of the chess board too – i love seeing old tile like that – any sort of geometry in open space.

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Comment by Lisa

Nice to see black and white photos–totally appropriate for the checkerboard (or chess?)-like floor justaposed with the incredibly ornate banister, and your geometric design dress. The fact of the church basement (and again, a stairwell) points to your grief I think. Again, great text, many thanks, M

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Comment by Michael Williamson

Michael – I never even made that connection (the basement and grief), but it makes a lot of sense to me. Thank you for your insight – I always take someting with me from your comments!

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Comment by Lisa

I went to high school with Jeff and saw the link to your site when he posted it on Facebook. Just wanted to tell you that I love your photography and writing. You inspire me!

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Comment by Jill

Hi Jill (nice to ‘meet’ you) – Thanks so much for writing -that’s so, so nice, it really made my morning!

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Comment by Lisa

i love this room – when do we move in?

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Comment by Jeff

we can move in, once we sell all the other houses we own (the funeral parlor, the candy store, the garage, the firehouse).

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Comment by Lisa

Dude, these are awesome! Seriously! they’re all great, but the one with you on the floor appears as if you’re on the ceiling!

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Comment by Bill

thanks, billy! and thanks to the magic of photoshop – i flipped the image upside-down to create that wonky feeling one gets when in a funhouse.

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Comment by Lisa

Makes mer think of M.C. Escher, or a dream I once had. fantastic.

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Comment by motherblue212

thanks, kimmy – it is super-dreamlike in that tiny basement. The ceilings were low too, making me feel as if i were stuck in a box.

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