The Long Way Home


Magic Window
April 26, 2013, 7:33 AM
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l. always surrounded in books. c. late-afternoon studio light r. instant light- polaroids by tarkovsky

My “studio” is a narrow strip of space in front of Jeff’s workshop. Separated by a retractable wall, one can find me shooting my photo-a-day projects on one side, while Jeff is sanding/sawing away on the other. My equipment: a camera, an object and natural light; it isn’t fancy. I styled the photos in our store-front windows, or right on the floor in front of the glass door. The roughly finished pine makes a great backdrop. It’s such a tiny angle though that I often have to curl up on my knees, balancing on elbows to steady camera (or just set it eye-level on the floor with the objects) to get certain shots (see: “toy army”). Which is how it got its “magic window” moniker via Sarah: that intense afternoon light cutting through the large front windows gives ordinary house tchotchkes lives of their own.

l. vintage buttons to lost coats. r. music box from my mother that plays "climb every mountain."

l. vintage buttons to lost coats. r. music box from my mother that plays “climb every mountain.”

l. lock and key m. palm-sized album with photobooth pictures of my mother r. vintage letters that i have yet to read

l. lock and key. c. palm-sized album with photobooth pictures of my mother. r. vintage letters that i have yet to read.

l. repurposed dolly heads. c. toy army. r. german bisque dolls, 1920s

l. repurposed dolly heads. c. toy army. r. german bisque dolls, 1920s

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Hi Lisa
Thought this might be of interest to you. http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2012/10/the-polaroids-of-bastian-kalous/
x Katherine

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Comment by Katherine Griffiths

oh, these polaroids are lovely. it amazes me to think that these were taken in this century and not years ago – thanks for the link :).

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Comment by Lisa

“A room of one´s own”…full of magical objects and full of possibilities… thank you Lisa, this is beautiful!!

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Comment by karijeppesen

“a room of one’s one” – yes! even if a tiny space, it’s still mine. thanks for your kind comment, kari!

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Comment by Lisa

…it is a treasure… you are so welcome!!

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Comment by karijeppesen

I hadn’t seen the dolly heads before. They’re magnificently creepy.

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Comment by greg

when the dollies were decapitated (out of necessity, mind you – they were pretty f*cked up), jeff, ever the resourceful junkman, turned them into planters.

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Comment by Lisa

It certainly is magical. I have been wondering for weeks where you’ve been shooting your pictures; secrets revealed. Also, I can’t get over how much I love that “toy army” photo. to see them as a collection, really brings them to life.

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Comment by Bill

thanks, dude. and to think, you have stepped over the “studio” threshold many days over the months ;).

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Comment by Jeff

i’m happy that you finally agree that this is such a good song.

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Comment by Lisa

It really is a whimsical, magical space.

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Comment by motherblue212

it is. it spoils me for any future places we may live – they must be flooded with incredible light.

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Comment by Lisa

That is the truth. Don’t settle for less. Window light is everything. Especially in Western PA.

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Comment by motherblue212

Fantastical!

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Comment by Becky Colson

thanks, beck!

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