taking pictures of pictures…

While sorting old photos I was struck by the frequent composition I’ve shot for decades. The dominant landscapes of my life share something quite powerful with my sense of self. The proof is in the piles of photographs I need to sort through.

Without lots of breathing room, easily feel claustrophobic.

Walking Town Neck Beach on Cape Cod I get a familiar sense of spaciousness..and then often an accompanying longing for the South Dakota prairie where I grew up. The way these sensations are intertwined, my native Nebraska artist friend, Elizabeth Bunsen, and I have named our “interior geography”.

Interior might not quite describe how truly primal these feelings are for me.

I was going to edit all of these photos of photos which would’ve taken hours. However, since this is the first step in a series I’m working on I thought showing the images raw was more interesting.

What is your interior geography?

A few more South Dakota images from my June travels.

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The Hipp Theater in Gregory, South Dakota holds a lot of memories for me.  We had to have our parents write notes saying that it was OK for us to see R-rated movies before we were seventeen.  The World According to Garp, Quest for Fire, Scarface…these were a few that required permission.  Oh, the joys of growing up in a small town when a note would suffice (whoever wrote it). My kids haven’t had it so easy trying to get into R-rated movies in Burlington, Vermont…I like hearing the stories of their efforts though.  I hope you enjoy these shots.

Here’s to the power of our memories,

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SAPAHN & JHaus

I was recently visiting my family in Burke, South Dakota and discovered that there was going to be a “trunk show” at Stella’s the diner/bar/gathering place.  I was thrilled to get to do a little Christmas shopping in Burke while I was home (actually I did quite a lot of Christmas shopping and bought myself a bag as well).  Both SAPAHN and JHaus are interesting companies.  They are very different in mission, but one thing is true about both—they are about empowering women and selling really cool goods. It was a pleasure to finally meet both Brooke and Jen.  I had heard a lot about these women over the years and I couldn’t believe my good fortune.  Brooke is the daughter of a friend/classmate and my niece, Kate did an internship with Jen in LA last summer.

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SAPAHN (Brooke Mullen)

Can beautiful things do something beautiful?

Sapahn, the Thai word for bridge, is the perfect word for what we are about. We set out to connect places, ideas, traditions, artisans, and people like you with the goal of creating sustainable, economic opportunities.

http://sapahn.com/about/

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JHaus Jeans (Jen Hausmann)

Boyd County, Nebraska, the origin of a dream nurtured in the midst of corn fields and cattle drives. The family farm: full of heritage, old, rusty, and dusty things, the root of JHaus.

http://jhausbrand.com/

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Milwaukee Moments…

I was in Milwaukee visiting my son, Ellis who attends MIAD (Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design) this weekend with my twin daughters, Lucy and Willa and our friend, Jen.  Milwaukee has the vibe and friendliness of the prairie and the undeniable spirit of an American city that still makes stuff.  Here are a few of the highlights of our trip.  I always appreciate the shift in perspective when you get out of town for a few days. Travel always makes me want to explore my own city more when I get home.  I like that.

HARLEY DAVIDSON MUSEUM

This is a rust-encrusted Harley-Davidson motorcycle that was swept away by the Japan tsunami in March 2011 was found by Peter Mark in April, washed up on an island off the coast of British Columbia. We got to see it at the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee this weekend.  What a remarkably well designed museum. If you ever find yourself in that neck of the woods.  It is well worth your time.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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