2.16.2014

to know someone :: brit ::







brit and I met in a pre-rec class for studio art. we didn't start off as friends, certainly not enemies, but not friends. and then, so much of the same happened to us over the past few years (getting accepted into the studio program, traveling for art, receiving our BFA's, making art) that without even realizing it, we became very close. sometimes close for me isn't that close anymore. making friends is harder as an adult. I think it's because everyone has their own path moving every which way and the chances to align paths, or even cross them, seems like a miracle. what else could you call it? I was lucky to not only cross paths with brittany, but parallel them, in a sense, for a good few years and I can't think of my experience with art without thinking of her. our paths are miles apart now but somehow they still feel aligned. we text/email every now and then and have become safe sounding boards for developing ideas. we have an art collaboration in the works, to encourage one another to keep creating, and it feels like we always will have this simple relationship that doesn't ask very much at all but somehow gives so easily.

we didn't spend much time together outside of the studio, but I requested to spend a day with her before her move to Washington last year. I had two goals: finding lilacs and photographing her. the two came together and produced these hauntingly beautiful photographs.


**I haven't fully converted to film photography (as I'm shy with my use of it, and am afraid of making mistakes on someone else's clock) but when shooting for myself, film is my obvious choice and I welcome my amateur mistakes. I'm hoping to start a little journaling series here, "to know someone", to collect a physical memory and document old ones, of people I've met. of people who've changed me.

10 comments:

  1. Those are beautiful. As is your idea!

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  2. These turned out great, Claire. I appreciate your friendship so much. I consider you one of the strongest and most beautiful women I know.

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    1. Thanks brit! I miss you lots. I have tons of digital photos to get to you. Soon.

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  3. These photos make me feel exactly like spring. I wouldn't know where to start on critiquing film or any photography at all, so maybe my opinion isn't the most flattering of them all, but I think they're stunning.

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    1. Thanks meg. I more concerned with a feeling than I am subject matter or technique when I'm photographing. So for you to get something, anything, is very flattering to me :)

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  4. Lovely post about Brittany :) I miss taking classes with you two! Also, I am excited to read all of your posts on influential people! I look forward to reading your blog and looking at your beautiful photos all the time.

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    1. Laura, toy are one of them! We need to take some photos! !!

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  5. That's a great way to describe these photos: hauntingly beautiful. Gorgeous.
    I miss the darkroom now!

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