I’ve been so inspired the stories of women lately exhibiting remarkable backbone, even in light of very challenging circumstances. I think we all have a little more backbone in us when it’s required. As I created the stories of these women and the various backbones they’ve had to summon to carry on: ancient, adventurous, creative and protective.
What type of backbone is required of you right now?
I’m taking my daughters and a friend to a benefit for the Vermont Women’s Fund tonight. We are viewing the film Dream, Girlabout women in entrepreneurship. Then we get the privilege of a Q & A with some bold, female leaders in our community.
I created these images today. I’m beyond compulsive about my South Dakota two-lane images. I’m all for a good creative obsession if it isn’t hurting anyone else. Here’s the Dorthea Lange quote I love. I wasn’t kidding.
“Pick a theme and work it to exhaustion… the subject must be something you truly love or truly hate.”—Dorthea Lange
Today as I searched through my images I kept noticing shots with girls & women and shoes & boots…four of my favorites subjects. All of these girls and women possess character, strength and a certain moxie.
“The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.” ― Louisa May Alcott
When my flowers are on their last leg I put them outside on my front porch. They’re visible then from my living room and I like seeing how the elements affect their beauty. It’s gotten cold here in Burlington, VT and yet, as they fade, the flowers take on a certain strength of character in their inevitable demise. It seems like an appropriate metaphor about life to keep in mind. Chin up folks…we can’t stop what’s coming, but we can stand as tall as possible for as long as possible.
the first thing I thought of was one of my favorite books. “Ahab’s Wife, or The Star Gazer” by Sena Jeter Naslund. The heroine of the story is Una Spenser. She lived a life on her own terms and is a remarkably compelling character. I haven’t read the book for years, but Una woke me up today. I guess it’s time to reread…perhaps to my daughters over Christmas break. I’ve been moving too fast—so it’s a good thing this message didn’t escape me. If you’ve tried to read Moby Dick and couldn’t stick with it OR if you’re a big fan of Moby Dick then you will love Ahab’s Wife. So many minds I respect have loved this book.
I was in South Dakota with my family last weekend. On Saturday I had the opportunity to borrow my niece’s truck and go on a late afternoon abandoned farmhouse hunt. What I found was visually very pleasing to my eye. The light was gorgeous. I was walking in ditches wearing my favorite cowboy boots. It was warm and I kept finding these images seemingly rising out of the sky. These photos represent resilience, strength, courage and yet they also convey a feeling of loneliness and longing. I found the starkness quite beautiful.
On my farmhouse hunt I got so excited as I did a u-turn into an overgrown driveway and I was ready to shoot loads of pictures. However, I quickly realized that I was at the same farmhouse I shot in August with my Mom. Perhaps there is a reason that I got to shoot it again in different light in a different season.