Daido Moriyama is a Japanese photographer. Memories of a Dog (2004) is a beautiful photography book with his photos and text accompanying them. I dream to be able to read one while drinking my chai tea latte one day. Notice I didn’t even say “to own one”? Just to be able to sit down with one for a few hours. Dreams live on.
This 12-minute short documentary with the filmmaker following Daido Moriyama around town (somewhere in Japan) as he’s photographing is a film to savor and love. Especially if you’re an image & memory creator at heart.
In this COVID time, all the days seem to blend in together for me. Weekdays and weekends are all the same. I wake up dazed and confused because I rarely could sleep the night before. Last night, I finally fell asleep at 6AM, having tossed and turned all night long with my thoughts running the wild gamut. I want to call it being anxious, but I’m not sure if that’s even the right word. Max, my Corgi, seemed to be in the same boat as me. He woke up at around 4AM, got out of his furry bed, whimpering and whining … which he rarely does. Unable to go back to sleep, the two of us took a walk around the neighborhood – yes at 4:05AM.
It’s now 2:23PM and I just finished my breakfast … sunny-side-up eggs with Tuscan garlic toasts from Wegman’s and a cup of English Breakfast tea … and a work conference call. I downloaded onto my iPad Kindle a sample of a John McPhee book recommended by Dan Milnor. I’m always looking forward to discovering new authors. Especially the ones vouched for by someone I trust/respect/admire. (Yep! That’s you Dan.)
It rained this morning and now the cloudy sky has 100 shades of grey. I’m hunkering down to tackle more work projects trying to be as productive as I can. Being an introvert, I love working from home. It’s been my modus operandi for 11 years now. But I do miss traveling so much. It has been over six months since I’ve gone anywhere that’s more than 90 minutes from home. Travel means freedom for me. And not being able to travel feels like you’re in some sort of personal prison. Perhaps I’m being too dramatic?
My nephew is getting ready to go to college next week. He’ll be a freshmen at a huge university of over 30,000 students. They have to live on campus even though 100% of their classes will be online. I’m trying to think of a word appropriate to describe 2020. So far … nothing I came up with seems to be good enough.
Time to get back to being productive. This was my stab at self-therapy.
One of the reasons why I’ve been on a break from YouTube is to create and publish my first zine. The subject of the zine is the quiet side of Rehoboth Beach, my favorite “local” beach town (just about a 3-hour car ride away from home). The zine is available now on Blurb and you can also preview a few pages before purchasing. I initially wanted to publish a smaller size zine, but after testing out a few different sizes, the larger 8.5″ x 11″ size showcases the photos so much better. I hope you’ll like it! Being a fan of zines for years, I’m so excited to share my first zine with you!
The official laurels for our two wins from The Scene Festival arrived in the email box today. So proud of our ALTERED crew. And so grateful as well. It takes a fabulous team to make a movie – no matter how short. Thank you Kat, Kayla & Ashley! You are the cream & sugar in my cup of coffee. And you know how much I love both!