Posted on October 31, 2016
Happy Halloween, everyone! I created a few pieces (initially posted on Instagram) with this All Hallows’ Eve in mind. As I created the second one, “Run Away! Run Away!,” it brought me back to a repetitive nightmare I used to have as a child. In that dream, I was chased through the woods by something or someone I couldn’t see, but feel. They kept chasing until the dream abruptly ended as I crossed the boundary between the woods and our front yard. I’d not thought about that dream in some time.
May your Halloween is spooky and fun!
Posted on June 5, 2016
This past week’s additions to the “Ghost and Shadows” series.
Posted on May 28, 2016
Recent additions to the “Ghosts and Shadows” mobile series…
Posted on May 18, 2016
Here are recent additions to the Ghosts and Shadows series.
The whole series is on Instagram, although it’s interspersed with other mobile photography/artistry work.
Posted on May 5, 2016
I’ve always done a lot of photography at my Uncle’s farm–it’s simply too beautiful not to take advantage of the opportunity to capture this part of North Carolina’s spectacular rural beauty. But recently I’ve been taking a lot more photographs with the past in mind. I grew up coming to the farm on a regular basis and spent a lot of time there during my summers. My grandmother, who still lives here, was my champion when I was a little kid. She made me feel loved completely–unconditionally–and made me feel special (as I’m sure she made my sister and brother feel as well). Her love (and my grandfather’s) was the balm that helped me cope with the effects of child abuse, yet the trauma of that abuse haunted the sunny fields and cold creek water I ran through during the summer. No matter how joyful my time at the farm, a darker undercurrent always made itself felt.
The farm is full of amazing memories–memories of love and healing but also an underlying fear that the love couldn’t quite touch–yet. I created a mobile series called “ghosts and shadows” to represent and work through my conflicting feelings in relation to the farm. I’m nostalgic and I’m wary. And I’m full of love for that little girl who was so lost and yet so at home on the farm.
Here are four images from the series.
Posted on December 17, 2015
I’m always fascinated by beauty found in unconventional places. These photos are from my uncle’s farm, where the hairs from cows reaching their necks through the barbed wire fence (to munch on the weeds on the other side) got caught and grew garnished with gossamer spider threads and miniature drops of rain.
Iphone 5s, Camera+ app (macro setting)
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Posted on October 24, 2015
Beautiful drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway today. In and out of the fog, sometimes so dense you could barely see the trees. But here and there a pocket opened up and I could get a shot or two in with my iPhone. I’m a sucker for both fog (as some of you know) and the brilliant colors of fall leaves.
Posted on October 12, 2015
I take a lot of photos with my iPhone. That’s why I have 64 GB storage. I don’t like to let very many of them go. Recently I’ve been in a landscapes mood. I’ve been scrolling through my camera roll, my fingers itching to play with expanses of nature. So I played and edited three old photos along with a new photo I took last week (“lone pole,” the last one below). Sometimes a photo I dismiss in the moment turns out, six months later, to be exactly what I wanted.
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Posted on June 16, 2015
I’ve been a little behind in posting the images from the iPhone Eternal Childhood series to the blog. Here’s one I did a couple months ago: “Nighttime Playground.”
Each night, the Moon kisses secretly the lover who counts the stars. ~~Rumi