Sunday, September 28, 2008

leaving a light on for me

ok, im not sure how my brain wraps itself around these thoughts, but looking at these street lamps, reminded me of an episode i saw of 'extreme makeover - home edition' (what can i say, i can't help myself!)

ty and the guys had built a home for a family whos daughter had run away, or had she been abducted? anyway, the family was doing their bit to help other families with runaway or kidnapped kids. this is how i learnt about the 'light the way home' awareness campaign, where families leave their porch lights on, night and day, to always welcome home their children, if and when they were to return home!

ultimately, it reminded me of family in general and mine has really been there for me - especially this week.

every family has there own stories to tell, but if you've ever watched an episode of 'brothers and sisters', you might understand a little, if i told you what my family is like! i sometimes think we'd make a good reality show! ...seriously!

off course, none of us are addicts or married to a senator (we have other issues - we're only human!), but mostly it's the everybody-knowing-everybody-elses-business-bit i'm referring to.

your secret becomes a family secret and your private affairs well, a family affair! but if you are tough enough (and lucky for us, most of us are... most of the time) to make life's little choices on your own, despite the 'only-cause-i-care'-opinions of those nearest and dearest, you might just manage to avoid the drama that becomes the intrigue of the hit tv series we have all learnt to love and possibly even come out the other side something, seeming to resemble an individual. after all, life is not a reality show (unless you're an osbourne or a lohan) and drama suits actors better than real life brothers and sisters!

so when life gets a little tough and the endless pool of self help, power of positive thinking and the seven habits of highly effective people (this reading material has become a bit of a family heirloom), is all used up and it seems there is no light at the end of the tunnel, my sometimes-interfering, yet always-interested family, always seem to be there, no matter how far i try to run, still leaving a light on for me... the umbrella's, these are just a few (i seemed to have formed an obsession with certain objects) mostly from the south of france. i found myself snapping away at every possible street lamp. these are for my mom.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

what's the story, morning glory?

umbrella, parasol, brolly or bumbershoot. call it what you like.

this is the south of france and well, these are just a few...

i just love the surprise element of film photography. ok, so i love surprises in general, but lets not get off the point! i find myself being more aware of what i photograph, careful perhaps. or is it too careful... i try harder! I'm not saying I'm against digital photography, not at all! one day when I'm big, i would like to go digital too! but I'll never stop using film! day when I'm big, id like a darkroom too....

sorry, being sidetracked again. oh, I've had my share of disasters! you know what i mean... you tell the whole world you took the most amazing shots and you're sure there will be some serious winners... and then you have heads cut off or the focus is on the stranger behind your long lost, childhood friend. with limited knowledge of photoshop and with a headless hubbie, one can only do so much!

...but such is life!

its the discovery that comes along with the surprise I'm talking about... learning something new about yourself, or others; I'm a bad photographer, there is no hope... or, what was i wearing...what was she wearing? or you discover ghosts from your past - sometimes even literally (but that is a whole different ball game)!

so we get back from our trip and all we have left is our photographs. no souvenir can beat the anticipation over coffee after handing in the film at the one hour photo lab (cause I'm not grown up and i don't have a darkroom yet)!

...and you guessed it.

...they're everywhere! brollies here, brollies there, brollies freaking everywhere! and i realise: i like 'em! i like brollies!

its a revelation!

but lets be honest. its not really about the umbrellas is it?

its the art of making pictures. of storing a memory and sometimes, when you're lucky, a discovery.

you know what i mean!

...i think maybe I'll get a big yellow one? what do you think?

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

this is my pirate

at thirty two i often hear my ship is sailing. i say; i am the captain and this is my life! my mother likes to say that at my age she already had four of us ( and there are five of us). we don't talk about it anymore...

<...but isn't she cute!?

zaza is having alexander today, her water has broken and she is having a party at the hospital. we are all invited. i like babies and i like parties, so why do i find myself starting a blog when i should be drinking champagne in the waiting room of the medi-clinic?

then there is noah, my nephew - you'll meet him- he is beautiful, no really- gorgeous! big blue eyes and blond hair. now how can i live up to that?

...but i love kids.

i want to be the captain for just a little longer.
so this is my pirate and for now, my ship is sailing...

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