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September 8th, 2006

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08:43 am - erg...many, many muddy hands

muddy hands

whenever i get an image like this, that i crop:

muddy hands (2)

and then crop again,

muddy hands (3)

it's obvious that i don't have a perfect deal. well, I WANT A PERFECT DEAL. in fact, whenever i go out on a shoot, that is exactly what i'm looking for. i want something perfect -something that achieves its own sort of escape velocity. i am not a great lover of images that require neighbors for context. or of "small" pictures. of course, i have thousands of "small" gems: i have rubies and saphires and emeralds by the dozens. and i stash them in folders on my desktop. sometimes i just throw them out. why? because they're not diamonds.

a month ago when i got the acceptance from calyx, one of the images they chose was an image i have always loved, but don't consider "perfect". it's the image of the one-eyed woman holding the crow. they chose that image OVER one i think is perfect. it got me to thinking of this:

my perfect isn't your perfect.

small things are perfect in their own way; there is amazingness in non-perfection.

i tend to approach my entire life way i approach my artwork. i don't really allow for imperfection. i don't really allow for things like vacations. i want things done correctly right NOW...etc. in my race for the the perfect thing, i miss or squander piles of experiences that add depth and substance to life.

about the image i posted here, what i like about it is the light and the gesture. it doesn't look like a photo to me, but more like a painting. like a modern rendition of a caravaggio...at least in the treatment of the light relations.

the magic moment when we become aware that there is more life lived than left.

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Date:September 9th, 2006 10:49 am (UTC)

WOOT WOOT WOOT HAPPY BIRTHDAY & I'll say it again tomorrow

I like the third one. The light looks more natural and less electronic...

YAY, so birthday! What are you doing? Birthdays are so lovely. You are older, you;ve made it though another year and you get gifts and good wishes and lovelyness.

I really wish I could have sent you the dinoflagellates on time now. I didn't know it was really going to be your birthday so damn soon. I will try and find out who took 'em (more than just a name I mean) and if I can get a real print....

hugs for tomrorrow
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Date:September 9th, 2006 04:39 pm (UTC)

Re: WOOT WOOT WOOT HAPPY BIRTHDAY & I'll say it again tomorrow

to me, they all look electronic. to be honest, that is part of what i like about them. they look like comic book pix to me.

wow!! a real pic of a dinoflagellates? how kewl is that????

thanks for the birthday wishes, nicola.
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Date:September 10th, 2006 07:29 am (UTC)

Re: WOOT WOOT WOOT HAPPY BIRTHDAY & I'll say it again tomorrow

Yes. A very big happy birthday.
Hope you had a good day.
I'm so glad to have run into you here :D

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