Winterize your lips…that’s what I told myself I needed to do. So I bought some coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax for a home made lip balm. Unfortunately, my lip balm was more of a winter candle for sale at a discount store because it was missing a wick, than something that I could possibly use on my lips. In fact, I’m thinking about adding a wick to the hot mess and selling them on eBay. In the meantime, I […]
In 2004, Wangari Maathai (b. 1940 – d. 2011), an environmentalist and women’s rights advocate because the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for “her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace.” It is said that Ms. Maathai planted 30 million trees across Africa to help protect the environment. This photo which I recently came across again (and again and again and again — okay, I get it Universe! Published! Done!) jarred my memory and I thought Ms Maathai […]
My wine opener resembles an angel, which is a good thing — and not a good thing. I mean, yeah, wine has always been a religious experience. I get that. The vineyards were created and toiled by nuns and monks since the beginning of time. Now wine is made by the likes of Angelina Jolie (not exactly a nun) and Brad Pitt (not exactly a monk). But I fast forward. Angels spur my drinking trajectory into “In Vino Veritas”, the […]
I’m always gobsmacked by the elegance and simplicity of French women. And now that I’ve lived in France for 13 some odd years and I’m somewhat privy to their beauty secrets, I’d like to share a few tips I’ve learned over the years… add tap water to your hands when you apply face creme or body lotion – and your products will last twice as long! buy products if you happen to find yourself in an airport so it’s duty […]
I own a painting of vaginas. That said, my husband thought they look like surfboards so the painting ended up hanging in our dining room (a long drawn-out argument). But really what a better setting now that I think of it! The artist himself informed me quite deadpan that they were vaginas, although he himself is a dude so in the world of genitalia, he is a penis. I wasn’t sold that he knew how to paint a vagina but […]
A bronze of Jeanne d’arc (Joan of Arc) proudly stands in the center of Poitiers, a lovely French city which happens to celebrate women. Recently someone applied a little makeup to Joan. And who am I to argue that Joan didn’t need a little lip gloss? Cute hairstyle by the way. Lipstick, cute hairdo and the crusades – way to go Joan! The first time I visited this city, there were posters plastered all over the city celebrating the […]
I photo-grabbed this portion of a wall where the shop owner had painted out the graffiti. A rare sight in France. So I stopped and studied it until I found the bit that looked like a piece of art – art but not art – anti-art, if you will. In France, “they” (you know, the-powers-at-be) believe that graffiti is an art form (yes…hello?) so they typically leave the graffiti wherever the artist laid it down…a wall, a train car, an […]
Gotta love France in that the French are huge fans of rich food, tobacco (still!) and alcohol (mostly wine and weird liqueurs like Pastis, in the absence of Absinthe). ‘Tabac & Bar’ go together like peanut butter and jelly on white — or apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. You can buy a box of smokes and drink all in the same place in a convivial setting. There are also shops subtitled “Tabac, Bar and Pain”…of course, […]
I am an electric person also known as a SLIder, partial acronym for ‘Street Lamp Interference’ AKA HVS (high voltage syndrome), and there are a few other labels for people who are affected — and affect — electrical currents. I manage to disrupt common household appliances, make my computer go wonky, blow out lightbulbs and street lamps, particularly when I’m over excited or stressed out. I joke about it so people I hang out with aren’t too alarmed when it […]
Oh Shit!…what an indispensable expression! I saw this graffitied on a wall in downtown Tours (a fabulous medieval French city) and thought “Oh Shit!…what a great shot”. But then remembered that I forgot my camera back at my hotel room (Oh Shit!). Thinking on my feet, I quickly hoofed it back to the hotel to grab it, worrying that the light would change (Oh Shit!). But happily, I made it back to the spot with a good deal of sunlight […]
This shot was taken in a bathroom in a dive bar while I was really sauced. Despite my saucy state, I still manage to see images that strike me — and this was definitely one that struck me, with it’s frightening skeletal-like teeth at the top of the photo to the word “Magique” to the thorny red chain and torn paper. To most, it would be a barely noticeable image but to me, it slapped me in the face and […]
From possessed puppet I once met in Prague – to porcelain dolls for sale in flea markets throughout Europe – I have met puppets and dolls with otherworldly presences surrounding them, who appear to be far more than their humble porcelain or plastic origins. In this series, I capture those puppets and dolls that possess a living energy and spirit, which shines through in a moment of time.
Deep in the heart of a France, an activist named José Bové galvanized an entire community, including men, women and children, to dismantle McDonalds. Later, the region continued to protest against various developments and giant ‘Oui’ and ‘Non’ signs were erected, among others. I braved a ditch and an embankment and got a shot of both signs but ultimately the “Oui” took pride of place and became a piece of art.
I had no idea there was such a thing as a medieval wine bible but apparently there is. I learned this while on a wine tour in St Emilion in a former nunnery. I asked for permission to take a photo of the ancient text from the 90-year former nun owner and I was ready for her to say “Non!” in her scariest French nun voice but instead she said she’d be honored. I was so honored. The paper, bindings and […]
I try to capture the spirit in inanimate objects and this object definitely had spirit. Sometimes I wonder if there’s really such a thing as ‘inanimate’? Can we question all the answers? There truly seems to be another reflection, an illusion of life — our illusion! The illusions we hold so dear and oh the masks we wear.
I recently had a brush with death, a dance with Mr D — and he has some tricky dance moves — and remembered taking this eerie photograph of a human skull in a manor house in the English countryside at a wedding. There was a huge presence in those bones. It was super creepy. That coulda been me!
The roadways, highways, byways, streets, avenues, country roads, alleys…they all lead somewhere…scenes unfamiliar, senses heightened, images unfurling. Growing up in Los Angeles, I like to watch the white lines that speak of a new life, a new destiny, a new experience — and I love to capture the promise of that hopeful journey on film.
I love the aesthetic of heads…from flower (next project!) plant and animal heads to the human form, my eye often wanders to the head…man, plant or beast. Before I knew it, I had several hundred photographs of heads and exhibited a woman show entitled “Heads Up”. That obsession lead to the photo series “Butts” — including photographs of sculptured butts at the Louvre. Beautiful asses!