Google and Graham

May 11, 2011

In celebration of Martha Graham’s 117th birthday, Google and “motionographer” Ryan Woodward (as the press release says) have created a pretty nifty animated Doodle. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s worth taking a look. (I’m fighting making a “google it” joke here…)

Our connection speed in Hawaii tends to be slow, so at first sight I thought it was a tiny Jedi that was using the force to make the Google Doodle disappear. But it got even better than that when things started moving, and I recognized the figure as an iconic Graham dancer in action. I then turned giddy, refreshed the page a few dozen times, and wondered if my dance friends were on-line to share the excitement… And not only should dancers be excited, but artists, art lovers and creative folks in general as well.  This kind of public appreciation for the arts on such a massive scale is a pretty big deal. Imagine all the people who will go to Google, well, to look up the millions of random things we Google everyday, and walk away (or type away) with the curious notion that maybe they want to know more about Martha Graham. Wikipedia anyone?

Which immediately brought to mind this great poster-ad, loved by art-educators, dancers and history faculty alike..

I love Martha Graham’s work, and have ever since I first heard of her in my beginning dance class at Bennington College. If I hadn’t been a 23 year-old transfer student at the time (oldest kid in the class, and yes, a late bloomer artistically!),  I seriously might have become a dancer instead of a photographer.  Watching films of Graham leading classes on the same lawn that my friends and I crossed everyday was, for lack of better words, amazing.

So today, to celebrate Graham’s beautiful work and life, I thought I’d share some new-ish images that were presented at Illinois State’s Gallery 2 in November. Last fall, the ISU Dance Department undertook learning and performing Graham’s “Diversion of Angels” for the Fall concert series.

After watching auditions, photographing rehearsals and trying to help the video crew (I’m about as good of a videographer as I am a dancer), I was in awe of the specific gestures in Graham’s choreography, which were so subtle yet strong at the same time. These 11 portraits, made in collaboration with the ISU dancers in studio, capture the exactness and intimacy of the powerful gestural moments in Graham’s work.

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Eleven

February 23, 2011


Ten

February 23, 2011


True Love Again

February 15, 2011

My first love, Gully, you were the one that no one wanted. You were always last on the rental list in the photo cage, and for six months straight you had nothing but “BLT” to claim you. Our first trip to Illinois would be the things of legend- or at least of Graduate school worthy work- 30 rolls of film later, you knew me well. You saw the fallen house, the ruins of Illinois more clearly than even I did at the time. Later, I saw what was there in front of us both.

When I left Vermont you were given to me, broken parts and all, and they wished us both good luck.  I left your bar code “Property of Bennington College” for posterity, and in case we ever got lost, a crumb trail home.

I fixed you twice when no one saw the point. I loaned you to students and warned them to treat you well. They always listened, and gave you back. Then, sadly, I too moved on. But I kept you in your blue fake silk case all the same. I knew you would live on.

 


One

February 10, 2011


Can I get an Aloha?

February 9, 2011

Aloha from beautiful Hawaii!

We have finally settled into our new home in Keaau, on the Big Island, which is more beautiful than I can describe. My better half Bert will be finishing his PhD research here, and I’ll be cooking up photos and food as usual… and starting a new project or two 🙂

We’ve spent the past 7 weeks in transition, moving from Illinois in our teal Mazda with our kitty in tow, which makes it strange to finally settle into a more permanent home. On our way west we hit Austin, the Grand Canyon and Los Angeles, took some great photos and saw lots of friends and family. Lucia totally earned her traveling stripes along the way.

And now that we’re settling into our “normal” lives, my goal is to get this little blog hopping once again (of course this past year included many weddings, my thesis show, selling everything we own, new jobs…  “normal” is relative I suppose). As I look through the past 6 months of work, I’ve got everything from new Moweaqua work, portraits, landscapes, weddings… some killer boudoir and beauty queens… Basically I dropped the blogging ball to make this move happen!

So forgive me if the upcoming posts are out of order, but it feels good to have a space and time to think again, instead of the go-go-go rhythm of too much work, too much work, too much road-  there are too too many pictures that I’ve been waiting to share!


Destination Mexico: Annette and Ryan

December 14, 2010

This blog post has been LONG overdue, but how was I ever supposed to choose which images to include?

After spending a week in Puerto Vallarta with Annette and Ryan, we came home with an ARCHIVE of images, each one as lovely, lively and fun as the couple themselves.

So to Annette, Ryan, their families and friends, we THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for letting us capture your celebration, and even letting us join in… Our first destination wedding was a success because of you!