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Teacher Highlight!

Check out my story from Centered City’s Teacher Highlight! It was fun to write and inspired me to write more. I swore at the beginning of the year I would start writing another book this year. Time to start writing!

Stop in next Tuesday for my class: Move, Breathe, Meditate, 7:15pm. Every Tuesday! It’s a great mix of meditation, pranayama (breath work), and asana.

And! Stay tuned for details about the workshop I’m offering early December. After a light asana and meditation session, we’ll let our creative energy flow and create a small mixed media art piece that you can take with you!

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wild horses + land art

Utah is a magical place. Last weekend 13 of us piled into two cars and made the trip out to Spiral Jetty with a stop at Golden Spike Monument

On the way to the Jetty from Golden Spike there's roughly a 20-mile drive on washboard road surrounded by beautiful mountainous desert landscape. There we encountered wild horses (mustangs) crossing our path. Horses can represent wild freedom, free expression, gentle grace and beauty. They are powerful, free and wild. They are also a problem because they reproduce too fast, have no predators, and overgraze among other issues.  

When we finally reached Spiral Jetty, it was surprising to see so many other people there. There were at least three or four other cars parked, and we passed people leaving as we were approaching. Definitely off the beaten path. Fortunately (depending on your perspective), the lake water was low, the Jetty is not always visible depending on water level. After walking the spiral, we walked another half mile across the white salt desert to the edge of the lake. Felt like being on a different planet. 

For a sense of scale, there are two people standing in the center of the Spiral. 

For a sense of scale, there are two people standing in the center of the Spiral. 

Reminds me of the Moon

Reminds me of the Moon

Salt crystals

Salt crystals

Red Algea

Red Algea

Definitely a worthwhile pilgrimage, the horses made it more magical. 

Camera

In putting together this site I had to sift through loads and loads of old images. Time consuming but worthwhile. It got me thinking about the evolution of my relationship with photography. I’m glad I had the experience of developing film in the darkroom and making prints. I remember what a purist I was when digital first arrived on the scene, and people were making the switch. I eventually made the switch, then scoffed at the purists. 

I thought at one time I wanted to make my career as a photographer until I noticed people who weren’t making their careers as photographers were having more fun with it. It happened around the same time I was working for a commercial photographer who had just returned from vacation. I asked him if he had photos. He said: No, I don’t take pictures on vacation. It’s like work. I felt heartbroken and decided right then that was not how I wanted my relationship with my camera to be. 

Flash forward 5 years. I was sitting at a bar in Park Slope with my friend. A guy to my right said he was a photographer and immediately wanted to know what kind of camera I use to shoot. I had just gotten an iPhone and was only using it to shoot. He scoffed and suggested I’m not a real photographer. My DSLR is heavy and hurts my back. Quite frankly it doesn’t give me the immediate satisfaction. I don’t miss sitting at my computer waiting for photos to download. It doesn’t mean I’ll never shoot with it again, but…we’re on a break. I’d rather use a film camera at this point if I am going to lug something around. 

To me it’s never been about the equipment. It’s about the story, composition, texture, it’s never been about the f-stop or film speed for me. Sure it’s fun to geek out for some, but that’s not what I geek out about. Something with crude technology can create something magical and amazing. Anyone can buy the most expensive camera, set up a business, then just send their terrible quality photos to a photographer who can fix them. I worked for that guy a few times, fixing an amateur photographer’s photos. Not just levels, curves and color…moving heads. It was ridiculous. 

At another bar with another friend just last summer, a young Australian gentleman was sitting at the end while I waited for the bartender. He had a film camera, a Rolleiflex medium format, one that I have coveted for years. I don’t know why I don’t have one, but he let me check it out. He got his on eBay and inspired me to finally fulfill that dream. 

A camera after all is just a fun toy in the toy chest, photographic images a layer on canvas. I’m sure our relationship will continue to evolve.