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!
Barcelona! I love this city! It is one of my favorite cities in the world. I also love cities with the word “bar” in them! In that vein, this city stays open until the wee hours and I have had some incredible memories in the morning light at the break of dawn. I took this photo of street art in the city center in one of those long nights. I then embellished “Natasha” (my title) with bright acrylic paint and […]