Thursday, May 26, 2011

distant camera

One should really use the camera as though tomorrow you'd be stricken blind. To live a visual life is an enormous undertaking, practically unattainable. I have only touched it, just touched it.
Dorothea Lange (b. 26 may 1895 - 1965)photographer


ah.... perhaps dorothea's approach explains my attitude and practice! those who know me can attest to the fact that i do seem to document almost everything. but really like dorthea i have only touched a tiny bit of all that is.....

i do find our world so visually stunning and fascinating.

last year i picked up a copy of the dorothea lange biography written by historian linda gordon. since i just finished my current non-fiction read (i always have a fiction and non-fiction book going) seems like a good day to start on a life beyond limits!

speaking of visually fascinating, encouraged by a post by bloggybud karen, i recently watched the film micmacs by jean-pierre jeunet (perhaps best known as the writer and director of the quirky and adorable amélie). i join karen an give an enthusiastic shout out for micmacs! i love tales of little (good) guys taking on big (bad) guys!

distant camera by neil young appearing on his 2000 album silver & gold. i choose this vid because the song isn't a cover- no one does neil like the man himself with his distinct rough honey voice that i so adore.

even though i don't know who the people are in this vid i find the vid is totally engrossing and love the randomness in terms of the chronology of the mix of pics. it has given me a idea about how to organize - as in not organize - the photographs i'm putting together for dad's june memorial. some mouse readers may remember my father passed away in august, however, since his ashes will be interred at arlington national cemetery, we weren't able to schedule his service until june. truth be told, we did have the option of having a service on january 2nd - but we opted to not take that date (can't imagine why we didn't go with that date). since we didn't take that date, in february arlington notified us with our new date.




photo: mike's tree peony, cleveland heights, may 2011

a mid afternoon addendum:

after visiting meri's blog i realized today's post kind of fits with the share the joy thursday game she started. so i am adding that this post is a share the joy thursday post! visit meri's place to find links to more joyful posts!

when theme thursday's changed the day themes were announced - from sunday to thursday, i pretty much dropped out of the tt game. i do like playing bloggy games, however, there's something in my schitzy wiring that just never made the adjustment. -- i needed a few days to contemplate my tt posts... somehow posting a theme thursday post not on thursday just seems all wrong. oh well, things change.

spreading joy, now that sounds like mighty good mouse medicine to me! i do believe, i'm going to try and jump aboard the joy wagon more often when thursdays come around - won't promise every thursday, but some.....

12 comments:

Daisy said...

I hope you'll post your dad's memorial, mouse. Thinking back to his death, I remember him as a man of great love for his family.

Meri said...

I love this post. . . because peony blossoms make me giddy with delight over their ruffly skirts (which often have little dew diamonds as jewelry); because I love -- as you do -- capturing life in all its gritty glory with a camera and an artist's eye; because I love Neil Young's sandpaper honey voice; because I honor you for honoring your beloved father in a way that says he touched your life indelibly. Kudos!

deb did it said...

so much feeling here. so much. honoring your father, and what a fantastic reminder of Neils song. Thank you for sharing bits of your joy today!

Eryl said...

The tree peony is gorgeous, I didn't even know there was such a thing.

Random is good, I think, and particularly suited to a memorial because we all remember differently and not necessarily in chronological, or any other namable, order. Good luck with it.

Tom said...

the tt crowd kind of changed and all the old timers fell off...but it was a good place to meet up once a week...i kind of miss it

Betsy said...

What a lovely photo of the flower! Is that SUNSHINE in that picture? How in the heck did you get sun up there? ha. Send some down here, please!

Kate Hanley said...

What a wonderful post that certainly celebrates joy. A friend of mine has a blog called Momentary Joy and she posts small snippets of her life that make her smile. It's so important to share joy.

Angella Lister said...

you spread joy, mouse. and the color and detail of that flower is extravagantly joyful. love to you.

Steve said...

Maybe you could just post your Theme Thursday pics a week behind everyone else's? That kind of defeats the purpose, though, doesn't it?

Megan said...

Theme Thursday still loves you for making it possible. And who knows what may happen in the future? After all, there are no rules. :)

tony said...

Thanks For The Ever Wonderful Neil Young.Yes, I've dropped out of TT at the moment.I find "the day-thing" a wee bit confusing (??)
Strength & Joy to the work on your Dad's Memorial.

Liza Ursu said...

"i do find our world so visually stunning and fascinating."
me too!
I love the vid.