The Long Way Home

Unfinished Business
October 9, 2011, 10:27 AM
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I am drawn to your dark place, your weird space.

The photos in this post are for an online art project based on a poem written by my friend, Kim Rullo. Certain lines shifted in and out of my mind throughout the week, and I used those lines to caption these shots.

Then in an act of photographic serendipity, my friend Juli sent me a most precious gift: a Polaroid Spectra and a pack of PZ600 film from the Impossible Project. For anyone who doesn’t know about the fate of Polaroid, they stopped making it forever, but Impossible Project sells Polaroid-compatible instant film in small runs. It’s not as easy to use as the original because the film is extremely sensitive to light. You have to master balance of shielding the shot from light, making sure the temperature is not colder than 60 degrees, while holding a camera, while pressing a button, while thinking of composition. The sun in those first 5 seconds is your enemy. The entire process appeals to my neurotic control issue tendencies, where I plan, where I am the director of my creative world, constructing shots ahead of time in my journal because I only get one chance. It also forces me to let go, because over time, the image will disappear from the frame. Like a dream that fades once we wake from it, these images challenge the idea that the photos we take to capture our daily lives will outlive us all.

What I needed was never here.

Are we all born restless?

I need to take myself.


Snow White and Rose Red

Sarah, Liz and I spent the afternoon in Harmony, continuing my fairy tale photo project with a reinterpretation of the tale “Snow White and Rose Red.” In the original Grimm Brothers story, Snow White and Rose Red are kind-hearted sisters who have run-ins with an ungrateful dwarf. They are frequently visited by a bear, who ends up being a prince (did I give it away?). I wasn’t sure where we’d get an angry dwarf, or a bear for that matter, but in this series of photos I concentrated on the closeness between the two sisters. You can find the ‘final’ versions at flickr.


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