Goodbye 2013

Life

Last night I had a nightmare.  I was passenger in a black Volkswagen Bug, my Uncle Will was driving.  We drove into the driveway of my grandparent’s beloved yellow house. When we pulled up I could feel that something was wrong. I got out of the car and my uncle sped away, leaving me alone. I paced in front of the house for a while, afraid. Then I opened the door to go inside. There were two kids sitting inside, one girl and one boy. There were familiar to me in the dream but unfamiliar to me in my waking life. I asked them if they were alone and they said yes. I asked them what happened and they said, “He killed them all.” I said, “let’s get the fuck out of here” out loud because this is when my husband woke me up.

This dream about the slaughter of my family stems from a conversation I had with my mom earlier that evening where we decided that 2013 was the Year Of Death for our family.

So yeah. Not a good year in that way. It was a very difficult year full of lots of suffering and sadness. A very challenging year. But I also think there was a lot of soul growth too.

However, there were some very happy moments and some bright spots. I am going to just copy here what I wrote on my photography blog because I think it says it all:

While 2013 hasn’t been the best for me personally and for my family, it has been a fantastic year for photography. Photography was the light in my life, the thing that kept me together through the tough times. I have met some really wonderful people all over the world because of my passion for film photography and I couldn’t be more grateful. This past year I have collaborated creatively with other photographers, learned how todevelop my own film, learned how to make prints in the darkroom, and became obsessed with pinhole photography. When I look at all of these wonderful things I truly can say that, while it was challenging, it was also a great year.

There are many great things in store for me in the coming year and I am looking forward to it.  I hope you are yours also have a great year. Here’s to 2014!

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Photography

So I signed up for this 52 rolls project. The challenge is simply (ha) to shoot a roll of film a week. I will be blogging the experience on the 52 rolls website and reblogging it here on Blatherskite. I am really looking forward to doing this, but also a little nervous about it because that is a lot of film rolls. I hope I can keep up!

Sometimes the inexplicable happens

Photography

I wrote a blog post on my photography blog about a recent film swap. Check it out! I will get back to blogging more soon. I have been sick for most of the month and am trying to focus my energy on getting better.

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One day last summer my friend Inge alerted me and some other friends to a contest from Fluster Magazine. It was a film swap contest and she thought that I would be interested in participating. She was right (as you might have guessed). I was very interested. So I filled out the form so I could be partnered with a swap buddy. My buddy was a woman from Singapore and she would be the first shooter. I was really excited at the prospect of collaborating with someone from Singapore! However, two weeks went by and I didn’t hear a word from her. The person in charge of the contest emailed me to check in and I told her that my partner hadn’t gotten in touch yet so she said she would connect me with someone else.

A couple of days later I got a message from my friend Brendan

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More postcards!

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I received two more postcards in the mail the other day! One from Alex from the U.K. You can find his wonderful photography at his website. He is also the proprietor of Pinholista.com. I also got a card from Lacey, the instigator of this whole thing. She originally brought this idea to my attention. You can find her work at her website, Ladukephoto.com.

I send out my postcards Monday and I am having a blast seeing them arrive at their destinations! This project is making me so happy. I am actually enjoying the mail again!