so... if you read this blog at all, you know that I shoot weddings. and kids. and events, portraits, and a sprinkling of commercial work.
but when i get the chance, i shoot for myself. and sometimes, i actually have the time to conceptualize/think about what I want to shoot enough that I can execute my intention with some degree of success. And sometimes, i show that to people. And those people show their people and sometimes they like it, respond to it, and invite me to put it in an art show.
The show is "Summertime" and i'm so excited and honored to have 2 pieces included. It is a group photography show curated by the amazing Aline Smithson (seriously, if you know her you *will* love her), who is an amazing photographer herself. hello. AND, double whammy, she writes one of the most popular photo blogs around. So if you love photography at all, or are just photo-curious as to what's happening in the fine-art photography world, THIS should definitely be on your radar.
And, you should come to the show!
Because it'll be fun.
and it's all about Summer.
And there'll be a fab food truck there.
and there will be fabulous photos to buy by lots of talented photographers (i am in very good company) with a range of styles.
And maybe, just maybe,you might be inspired by something.
Pretty good combo, right?
Hope all you LA peeps can make it!
Here's the skinny:
S U M M E R T I M E
a group photography show
Duncan Miller Projects Gallery
1716 1/2 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405
Opens Thurs, July 21 7-9pm
runs through Sept 3rd.
i am so excited to have two photographs from my Untitled Storm series featured in Boxcar Poetry Review. Boxcar is an online journal featuring the voices of new and established poets.
listen to these words from this month's:
"... black pansies licked to the sides of popped black balloons..."
"...I’m smashed with the fish under Eastern Market... I’m the pollen blown off backs of butterflies..."
"...Like a lot of flowers, I have split my stem. Cleaved into root balls. Stuck to sweaty
bus windows. Like so much dandelion, I get rinsed down shelter shower drains in Detroit... "
the journal is published every other month, and also features a photographer. this month, i was lucky enough to be chosen. thanks so much to the lovely an for inviting me. what a treat....
here was a nice little blurb boxcar wrote about my work (it's always interesting to learn how others will describe your work. i liked this one): "charley star's photographs place us at a narrow band of light where any thing can happen."
the film, Tracing Cowboys, written by and starring Sacha Grunpeter and myself, screened in LA last night.
(thanks to all who came out and supported! much much appreciated!!! i love u, friends!)
best facebook message EVER to find in your inbox on a monday morning:
"Megan, I love hearing about your movies. I am absolutely fascinated
with it all. You have been so successful with everything that you
do.. Your family is the cutest and I love to see how strong your
family seems to be. It just seems like I see so many people don't seem
to make their family the center of their life as it should be.. You
do.. Great for you and your family. I can't imagine what I am missing
not having a loving husband and a child and maybe still one day I will
but I just love that you are so appreciative of what some people treat
as just a given..
Good luck with the movie. The trailer is so intriguing and I hope that I do get to see it. You look stunning of course.
Wish you the best with it..
(I know this whole email seems random but I just decided this time to actually let the person know what I was thinking when I was reading about what was going on with you instead of just thinking it!)
i was so moved by this message. mandy is an old friend of mine from highschool, we haven't spoken in forever, and yet... this. this open outreach of love and support... so mandy, i hope this is ok that i posted this publicly, but the way you so honestly and beautifully expressed yourself was too good to keep to myself. :)
i share this with you all because this came to me at a time when i am 1. really missing acting, but since having satine, have not been able to pursue it the way i used to. and here is a reminder of appreciation that it is all worth it to have my family... and 2. because there are days when i simply do NOT feel like a success in my life... in many ways, i'm not where i wanted to be. in terms of the acting world, i am a far cry from achieving what i wanted to achieve from it. acting is hard. art is hard. creating something (whatever the medium) of worth and value and resonance... is not easy (and let's not even get into the BUISNESS of acting, which is it's own beast).
but mandy's message to me held me like a little balm this morning. i know that sounds sentimental and melodramatic, but finding that in my email this morning... it really kinda was! i think we forget how much we hold each other, how much we are responsible for one another, how much power we have to hold one another up, even those we think are standing firm and tall. there's immense power in sharing with others a heartfelt compliment, or to give others a peek into our fears or insecurities. i think it helps to let others see the cracks in the confidence facade. we all need help. we're all connected. we're all in the same predicament -- give or take a job, a child, a spouse, or maybe even a few (hundred) thousand (or million) dollars. but underneath all of that... we, quite simply... need each other.
this is the real art (and power): the art of living. living from your heart, and sharing yourself with others.
i needed this mandy.
thank you for the inspiration, and the reminder.
been running around all day like crazy, trying to get ready for our trip to chicago (well, ok, an hour outside), but i just had to tuck into the Martin Schoeller show at Ace Gallery because it closes today. glad i did... wow. amazing portraiture.
also, been loving -- !-- my new SPORKS. made by bambu of bamboo, they're perfect for adults or babies -- no plastic leaching, perfect size for their little hands, and great for traveling. and picnics. but i've been using them even for regular meals. they feel great, and i think i particularly like them 'cause they remind me of those little ice cream sticks you used to get as a kid with those tiny vanilla ice cream servings. plus, they're eco-friendly, reusable (at least for a few times) and after disposal, they bio-degrade in 4-6 months. i'm tossing a few in the bag for satine for our trip.
so as i said today was kinda busy, and i needed a quick meal for me + satine.
Usually in our house, N used to be the "every day" cook, and I was the "special occasion so i want to try a really grand, really great new recipe" cook. but of course, now that i'm a mom, and N works most nights, i've (gladly) had to up my practice in the kitchen. so i've been loving discovering new recipes, reading cookbooks, trying new things. the other night i made this delicious Warm Butternut and Chickpea Salad. (Thanks Orangette!) which was just stunning.
For a shortcut on her recipe though-- because really, what mom has the time to peel and cube butternut squash?-- i bought the butternut squash in the pre-peeled and cubed convenience bags. so tonight i'm looking in the fridge, and see that i've got a couple bags of butternut squash left over. perfect. So tonight i decided to modify the recipe even more. this time i skipped the chickpea/tahini thing and just tossed it with the allspice and garlic. baked it. when it was done, i sprinkled some fresh parrmesan cheese on top and a dollop of the pumpkin butter that i got at Underwood Farms the other week. yum! satine loved it too -- the parmesan cheese helped seal the deal. so for any moms out there looking for an easy recipe, this is it! (though i skipped the pumpkin butter when serving the munchkin).
enjoy! i'll be offline for a few days so have a good week everyone!
"OK, you have to pretend like you're dead."
"For how long?"
-Overheard #36: two girls at the playground,
from the Found Sounds project.