Scrapbook #1

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A Diana photo. New Year’s Day 2011, on a small road in Vermont. Those are sheep.

On Saturday I saw Lynda Barry speak in Montreal, and she gave one of her inspiring, funny and completely unpretentious talks about creativity and images, about the importance of art as a way to reimagine and edit life. She also talked a lot about the concept of “deep play”. Here’s an explanation of what she means from an article in the Gazette: “[Deep play is] a state most often seen in children and which she says “has nothing to do with fun. … The play I’m talking about is the kind where the toy or the object you’re messing around with seems to be playing back. There is a reciprocity in the interaction that is a lot like a very good conversation. Neither party seems to be guiding it exactly, yet something really interesting is happening.”

Vintage Balenciaga scarves at Porte de Vanves

A wrinkled pile of gorgeous Balenciaga silk scarves taken on a greyish Saturday morning at the Porte de Vanves flea market in Paris. July 2010. I chose the scarf I wanted and was then told it cost 75 euros. I put it back down and took a photo, and I’ve probably looked at this photo more than I would’ve ever worn the scarf. The one I did get, a cheaper YSL, is in a drawer in the bedroom.

What about that scene in Blue Valentine where Ryan Gosling’s character is playing the ukulele and singing a little song, and Michelle Williams’ character – skinny, all long blonde hair and so young – is tap dancing? It’s practically too precious, too eye roll-y, but then… it isn’t. It’s pretty perfect, actually, and you remember yourself doing the same kind of thing and how hilarious and lovely it was.

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New York City, Lower East Side, late November 2010. A photo taken with the Diana just after brunch, and, surprisingly, the only Diana photo I took in NYC. As soon as I came back to Canada in September I was burnt out on recording events photographically. The hundreds of images I’d taken abroad were overwhelming me – they had to be uploaded and filed and organized back into meaning, so I took a break for awhile.

Journal

A page from an old journal, maybe 2001? I used to make collages in my journals, some more elaborate than others, and the pages would get stiff from glue. Sometimes I can’t believe I used to just make these things. Not only that, but make them without any intention of sharing them with the world. Huh.

5 thoughts on “Scrapbook #1

  1. We may share more in common than first glance. I do this with all my handwritten journals, including anything from flower petals, tickets, odd photos and tourist maps. Mine aren’t shared either. I just like the memories.

    In the train bombing and robbery in Paris, my journals were amongst the only things I had left. Happily.

  2. Jaime, Caro – Thank you!

    Susan, I know, Lynda Barry is great, and she was so lovely in person. I would gladly see her again next time she’s in town.

    Kat – I’m so glad your journals survived that ordeal in Paris. Eep.

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