The Long Way Home


Solstice
December 20, 2011, 6:49 AM
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For the first time in months, I don’t have anything planned. No photo projects, no editing, and honestly, it’s a nice feeling to have no obligations. I come home and read a book, dance with Jeff around the studio. I sit in the middle of my living room floor, scooping last bits of daylight. All year I’ve unconsciously kept busy, writing and taking photos, organizing my mother’s belongings, navigating through grief. Now it’s as if the world stopped and I finally noticed what was around me.  Or I stopped, and looked around, wondering, where have I been? I’m steeling myself for the long winter ahead, just shy of a year since my mother passed away. Everything has changed.

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Clues in the Crumbling Walls
January 16, 2011, 8:00 AM
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Laura Vincent, the woman who renovated and owns the building that we live in, was kind enough to give me more history about the place. John and Mary Lingenfelser commissioned its construction in 1891 as a neighborhood grocery store, living upstairs while operating the store below. Later commercial occupants from the 1890s through the 1970s used it as a furniture store, a jewelry store, a restaurant, a children’s clothing store and a book and card shop. The sole residential occupants before us were the Fitzgerald sisters, Anna, a florist, and Mary, a dressmaker some time in the early 1900s. Now that I know a little about past residents, I’ve been looking for clues in the crumbling walls: seamstress notations written in pencil or horsehair peeking through constellations of paint.

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Creepy Doll Photo How I Love You
October 27, 2009, 10:13 AM
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In honor of all things creepy — I absolutely love this photo. It is filed in my imaginary drawer of ‘I wish I had taken this’ pictures. It is one of those moments where, if I were in a flea market and found this photo,  I would have to skip out on paying the electric bill and eat Hamburger Helper for two weeks just so  I could own it. 

But I was surprised to discover that the image is actually a daguerreotype from 2003 by Mike Robinson, a contemporary Canadian daguerreotypist. I’m psyched to see a photographer dedicated to alternative darkroom processes in a digital age.

From  Morbid Anatomy:

creepy doll photo




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