Weekly Photography Challenge: The Road Taken

Every day, we take one road or another, and where we end up depends on the road taken. Most days it’s the same old road, and sometimes it’s an adventure. This adventure began last September, when I booked tickets to see Pixies play in Melbourne. The concert was the day before my birthday, which made it “meant to be”!

We live in country Victoria, so it was a longish trip by coach and train to the city, before a leisurely stroll along Southbank (via the food court for a burrito), then along the banks of the Yarra, and across a bridge to find the Margaret Court Arena among all the other sports venues. We sat outside for a while, watching other patrons arriving, because people-watching is half the fun.

Once inside, local band the Merlocs got things started, and I couldn’t resist the image of red light and moving shadows. If the floor had been full, as it was an hour later, it wouldn’t have looked like that! The Pixies were, of course, awesome, and ended the night with Into the White in a cloud of white smoke. After that, it was a brisk walk back to the city alongside dozens of other people, under the light of the moon.

Weekly Photography Challenge:Path +Poem

The week between Christmas and New Year is always rather strange – days seem to stretch and contract in the wake of the rush leading up to the holiday for some reason. We’ve also had some days of tropical heat and humidity, which are difficult to deal with in a normally Mediterranean climate…So it’s Friday already, and my path has at last reached WordPress for the Weekly Photography Challenge.july-aug-2011-584-large

This path is in the Japanese Garden in Portland Oregon, which we visited in 2011, and hope to see again some day. That’s a physical path. This poem travels a path too, and I took another path through my photos, looking for some to illuminate the poem.

I walked out the gate
And saw a rainbow
(Symbol of peace and hope)
My heart
(Symbol of love and passion)
Leapt up
sending the blood
(Symbol of empathy and life)
Coursing through my veins.

I couldn’t find an image of an actual rainbow, but I love prisms in the windows and the rainbows they cast around the room on sunny days. Tran(s)cendence (oops) is an image taken when I had a film camera and had to wait to have my pictures developed to find out how they turned out. It became part of a series of “Sukie’s Original Covers” – handmade CD covers using my work that I thought looked like “Cover Art”, inspired in no small way by Pixies “Dolittle”with Simon Larbalestier’s amazing photography in the inlay booklet.

Sukie’s Original became the name I use for all my artwork, and the Trancendence image is now printed on beautiful scarves by Vida. That’s a path I never expected to travel, but I’m happy that I did.scarf

Friday Poem:To The Poet II

More than forty years ago, my husband joined a Record Club (LPs!). The deal was to buy six quite cheaply, and promise faithfully to buy more at the normal price. He ordered the five he liked, and Songs of Leonard Cohen to make up the six. I don’t know what the others were now, but I knew a poet when I heard one and bought all his albums over the years. I used to stack them in chronological order (can’t do that any more) and listen to Uncle Leonard while I painted. And now he’s gone, it seems, on that inevitable journey…still

Leonard where are you?
Where in the widening world –
Across what sea, what ocean,
On what continent?
In what house, what room, what space?
Beside what window;
Looking at what view –
What street, what hill, what trees,
What flowers?
Where is your mind, your art,
Your style?
Leonard where are you now?dscf4440-large

I wrote the poem in 1981, it seems so long ago (Nancy…)

Weekly Photography Challenge: Cover Art/Creativity

I am merging my WPC and Creativity posts this week due to the serendipity of the challenge and because it’s a busy week. The theme of Cover Art is right up my street! The name of my blog comes from the Sukie’s Original Covers I am showing you today. I had to hunt for them, and now that I have, I really should do more work on the idea – I have the technology now that was lacking in 2000 when I made these.covers 1

Inspired by the photography in the inlay book of the Pixies “Doolittle”, and having a few empty CD cases available, I set out to make inlay books of my own, with some of my photos as cover art. Back then I had an SLR film camera and an excellent macro lens. Krystina liked to develop my photos, because they were always different (no smiling party people – just flowers, beads, bugs…etc).

The photos were cropped with a pair of scissors (or a craft knife), and the spare bit was adhered to the back of the inlay book, the cover of which I made from beautiful paper.covers 4

The booklets have not been finished (yet), but I had chosen poems for each one and written most of them on loose leaves cut to size. Some are typed and printed off, some hand-written. Now I have more sophisticated software, a scanner and a guillotine, so I will be able to do them ‘properly’.covers 5

There are more photos on the backs of the cases, and also under the tray where the CD would go. covers 6

The inlay booklets removed from the smudgy old cases. The image on the Transformations cover is of rose petals – Fragrant Cloud – immersed in white vinegar to make it gloriously coloured and fragrant, for culinary use.

The white lily grows in my garden, but the coloured one would have been bought. I would buy bouquets (usually cut-price!) and take pictures of the flowers both fresh and fallen.covers 7

These (unfinished) artworks were branded Sukie’s Original Covers, “Sukie” coming from “Sue K” – although my mother remembers a relative calling me Sukie as a child. Over time, it became “Sukie’s Original, and my brand for all the things I make, and the name of my blog.

I never made a decision about putting an actual CD in these covers, but now I think I’d make a mix that I felt fitted in with the theme of each book of poems. Mark Lanegan would probably be on there, and Sonic Youth, Leonard Cohen, J Mascis, Pixies, Gyuto Monks, Antony and the Johnsons…I could spend years refining my choices…I like all kinds of music…

Daily Prompt: Expression

 

Expression, self-expression, is obviously highly personal. Sometimes photography is all about revealing what is there, sharing the bare truth of it with someone else, documenting, recording for future reference…Photography can also be a means of artistic expression, revealing, perhaps, something that isn’t ‘there’, a glimpse of the artists inner life. I remember when I bought a copy of the Pixies’ Dolittle being incredibly excited about Simon Larbalestier’s photos in the inlay book. When I’m taking photos as a means of expression, I don’t like to be too obvious. The question “What is that ?” annoys me – I want the viewer to think Wow! Look at that! , not try to identify an object…To misquote Kurt Cobain, I do mean to be really cryptic or mysterious at times – I think that pictures that are different and weird and spacey are interesting, and that’s the way I like art (and music) – all kinds of expression, really.

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