My Life in Words and Pictures
A journey with photography and the written word . . .
One of my favorite things about the people of County Clare, Ireland is their love of nature, food, music and craic. Deckie Hunt, talented bassist is certainly no exception. I asked if I could take his photograph while on a break at the Cliffs Of Moher Hotel in Liscannor, he agreed and we walked across the road to a stone wall where he instantly bonded with two beautiful ponies
Katherine French, former Exec Director at Danforth Museum, is the curator for David Lang's upcoming show at Boston Sculptors Gallery (Dec into Jan). In preparation for the show I was asked to photograph David's sculptural work, "Daedelus, On the other hand . . ." I love spending as much time as possible in the Natick studio because it is like an artful and creative home away from home, the smells, shapes and sounds. All of it.
“It is very strange that the years teach us patience - that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting.”
I have returned to this abandoned convent, the Sisters of Mercy, each trip back to County Clare, Ireland. Together with the late David Lang, some wonderful sculptural and photographic art has been created and shared. On this particular occasion, I was standing in the kitchens of the convent and heard a whooshing sound overhead. Looking up with my camera, I bore witness to these jackdaws swooping gracefully in and out and over the ruins. I am returning once again to Ireland in November and hope to say hello to my new observant friends.
'There are many a rumour of the Jackdaw being a bad, or even an evil, omen that can indicate bad luck and bad fortune in your life. Generally, through befriending the Jackdaw totem the bad luck and bad fortune can be faced and worked through. The Jackdaw is in truth an omen to indicate what needs to be brought to attention in your life. With Jackdaw there are often powerful portends and premonitions ... as a familiar and totem guide, the Jackdaw makes an excellent companion.'
'The species may be the only animal aside from humans known to understand the role of eyes in seeing and perceiving things, according to a new study by Oxford University. While humans often use visual clues to communicate, it wasn’t known whether other animals share this social ability until recently.'
Meeting Lauren and her mother in preparation for her wedding day was a special event. We walked across the road from the studio along a well trodden trail and took a vintage wedding dress that was in her family's lineage and placed it just behind . . .observant and proud.
“It's a strange thing that every human being has a sort of dignity or wholeness in her, and out of that develops relationships to other human beings, tensions, misunderstandings, tenderness, coming in contact, touching and being touched, the cutting off of a contact and what happens then.”
Yesterday friends and family gathered to honor the work of David Lang. The name of the permanent outdoor sculpture piece is "The Question is the Answer" and will greet visitors for years to come. 'David Lang (1941-2017) was an artist of many talents, working in a multiplicity of media. He began teaching at Middlesex School in Concord, MA in 1972, later becoming Head of the Art Department. Over his lifetime he worked in both two- and three-dimensional media as an accomplished painter, photographer, and sculptor. His work was shown at the (then) Brockton Art Museum-Fuller Memorial as early as the 1970s.'
I was editing this weekend's photography shoot and realized that I used an Irish drum, a bodhran in the series. David played this drum at many irish sessions in County Clare and gave it to me to learn.
I am still learning . . .
“I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.”
I have been blessed to have photographed many beautiful ballet and belly dancers in my career and today was no exception. Meet Jessie Jewels, a multi-talented visual and dance artist from Rhode Island. She specializes in Hula Hoop Dance, Belly Dance and Fire Dancing.
“The story of my recent life.' I like that phrase. It makes more sense than 'the story of my life', because we get so many lives between birth and death. A life to be a child. A life to come of age. A life to wander, to settle, to fall in love, to parent, to test our promise, to realize our mortality- and in some lucky cases, to do something after that realization.”