Still Life Photography

Hello wordpress world! I’ve been a busy bee and have neglected my little bee hive blog of photography and craft . In an effort to return with a more consistent presence, I’ve decided to blog weekly every THURSDAY!

Look for me! I’m dedicated! I promise!

So.

Happy Thursday. It’s Spring here in Pennsylvania and the weather is finnnnne. It’s been a relatively cool spring so these mid 60’s and 70 temps are more than welcome these days.

With Spring come rebirth and color and a lot of work. Teacher work. Photography work. Happy work. I have been subbing in at wonderful schools in the area and spend weekends teaching at an art center near by and in my spare time I’ve been sewing and photographing up a storm!

I’ll have to tell y’all about a book I recently discovered called “Wild Color” by Jenny Dean and Karen Casselman. “Wild Color” is about the processes of dying fabrics with natural dyes made from plants. This is so exciting to me to begin to dive in and really explore natural dyeing processes. It will be fun to adventure into natural dyeing techniques and I hope that you’ll share with me any knowledge or tips you may have.

Okay, the topic at hand!

I wanted to share with you all some still life photographs that I’ve been working on and experimenting with. I love styling my own table-scapes by adding mood, texture, color and the right light to showcase a certain curated idea or thought. Arranging and re-arranging objects that are sentimental along with natural materials collected from trips, adventures or right in my own garden is my newest obsession.

Enjoy these images I took this week in my ‘home’ studio. My studio ( simply a wooden table)  tends to move with the light and I’ll lovingly follow that sunlight depending on which window it’s coming through. So mornings my studio could be my living room and come afternoon my studio could be my kitchen. It depends and changes with the time of day! Way to be flexible! 😉

I was able to create these images in my living room while listening to Townes Van Zandt and drinking tea. Ah.

Oh, if I could only do it more often.

Enjoy! If you haven’t yet said hello to me, please do! I’d love to chat and discuss anything on the blog or something you’re working on or creating at your own home studio.

’til next time!

Tessa

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James Michener museum in Doylestown, PA

20140525-021616-8176636.jpg On a bright and sunny Wednesday, I took a trip to Doylestown with my friend Shannon. We went to see the exhibit “Where Children Sleep” by James Mollison . Each image was large, beautiful and simple. A professional and crystal clear head shot of a child sitting next to a single image of the place where that child “sleeps.” It was an impressive exhibition showing children from all over the world and the places they sleep. For a moment, he allowed us to peek into the daily lives of these young people. It was a powerful reminder that each person has a story; that we should see each person, each child, as an individual with a background, a story, joys, hopes, pains, sorrows and struggles. In one of the several rooms holding the images, the museum viewers are invited to write to a child or children from the exhibition and ask them a question about their lives or tell them something we would want them to know. This was a chance to interact, even if one sided and it allowed us, the viewer, to partake in this photographic piece. As a human being,  it is nearly impossible to leave the exhibition without bringing some of the children, and their stories, along with you. I still think of the “Romanian Boy” who sleeps with his family on a mattress in the middle of a field waiting for his father to find a job that will stick or Jasmine, a pageant girl from Kentucky surrounded by princesses, pageant crowns and pink staring out at us with a forced smile and a layer of makeup to hide her true age…four. I left the exhibit thinking of the children and the lives they will go on to lead. Will they be okay? Will they survive into adulthood? Will they break out of the perfect mold their parents have forced them into to finally realize their own true identifies? Will they leave behind a life of theft or drugs or hopelessness and go on to raise a family, find a way, a better alternative, a better life? We may never know and that is the power of this exhibit. Mollison’s exhibit will be up at the James Michener museum until June 29th, 2014. If possible, I encourage you to check this exhibit out or at the very least, read more about it online. I’d love to hear your own personal thoughts about the exhibition.  Leave a comment or shoot me an email!


James Michner exhibit page:

http://www.michenermuseum.org/exhibition/where-children-sleep-photographs-by-james-mollison

James Mollison artist page:

“Where Children Sleep”http://jamesmollison.com/books/where-children-sleep/

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