What we see

Cardboard base mixed media using vintage elements

One of the lessons in Creative Jumpstart 2022 was to use pieces from cardboard boxes and create a book. It ended up telling its own story as I chose photos and additional images. When I see old photos of people I don’t know I can’t help but try to discern the stories of their lives. Most photos are of joyful occasions, the subjects completely unaware of what is hurtling through time towards them. Sometimes there are ones that are sad, the story on display.

3 page spread of mixed media book project

Photographs allow us to step into another time, into someone’s life and consider what it might have been like for them. And how it would’ve been for us, the struggles we would encounter were we to travel back in time and try to fit in. We can look at the elegant clothes without the burden of actually wearing them. Ride in the conveyances without the bone shaking, partake in the meals without the slaughter and day long cooking. It is a fascinating flight of imagination.

Backside of the pages of mixed media book.

I doubt that online albums will hold the same appeal of sorting through photo boxes and albums. Much as emails lack the emotion of old letters and postcards.

Passing time

Peabody window

 

I wonder if anyone ever opens these curtains and enjoys the light coming through the glass sphere? Or if maybe just a hint of the color seeps through the material and that is enough. When i saw this window it struck me as a very lonely spot, there was a definite mood clinging to the building that seemed to reach out onto the sidewalk. It seems like every possible story could be contained behind these barriers, closely guarded to keep them within. Maybe it was just my imagination running wild again,but even looking at the image I can feel the oddness of the spot. Maybe once the sun and crowds have passed the curtains are thrown open and the window is lit from within changing the whole feel.

Then that would be part of the story too.