The Long Way Home


January’s Gift
February 17, 2013, 9:18 AM
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January gave us a near-seventy-degree day which gave me a chance to use an expired pack of film that I originally planned to use for our Halloversary photos.October though gave us a few January days, which were too cold to shoot outdoors. I didn’t want to waste film, so I waited. There is a point where I admit that I have to shoot before it goes to shit, so I grab the camera and head to our backyard: a concrete parking slab with the much-talked-about abandoned building to our left (or right, depending which way you look at it). Black and whites remind me of Sunday afternoons with my sister watching Abbot and Costello movies in our pajamas – our mother wanting us to take advantage of sunny days,  but the two of us content to stay indoors focusing on TV static and crackle.

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Road Trip Diary
July 3, 2012, 6:06 AM
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The challenge of taking self-portraits is coming up with something different each time and lately, I don’t feel very creative; I find that I end up taking a lot of similar shots. But being on the road provides a change of setting, which also means opportunities to create new stories and find ones along the way. When I started taking photos, self-portraiture was a  convenient way to integrate human with landscape – certain places sparked my interest in our road trips, and nobody but Jeff and I were there to fill the empty spaces. I see a bright blue abandoned house on a gray day, and imagine how the scene would look with a woman in a red dress standing next to it. The motel off the highway becomes a makeshift studio; I use a table for a tripod, the 10-second timer. I have a whole list of places I have yet to go: the Badlands, an open field, a slew of nameless towns in the middle of nowhere.

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