Change

I want to take you far from the cynics in this town
&kiss you on the mouth-

I’m the kind of person who remembers things through emotions. I don’t remember visual things like colors. I don’t remember words, or sounds. The most vivid things about my memory is how I felt at the time. And when time’s rough, it’s all like a big blur to me. Emotions mixed together like a big mess. I have such a strong connection to blurred photos because that’s how I remember my past. It’s nostalgic to me.


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Art History Tidbit:

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot – Souvenir de Mortefontaine

Later in his career, Corot painted beautiful dreamy paintings in his studio from memory. He called them souvenirs (memory/remember.) They have a soft, airy tone that shows the nostalgic connections the artist has to those locations. He painted several paintings similar to the one shown above. The colors and landscape changes between the paintings – it can be interpreted that when you look back on a single memory over time your preception changes and you remember it differently.

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So, for those of you who don’t know, I took this semester off. I didn’t really know why exactly I just knew I wanted time to figure things out and find out exactly where I belong next semester (gotta take things slow, I have no idea where I’ll be next spring.) And after doing so, things got pretty crazy at home – and it was a good thing that I was here dealing with things rather than being away at school. & Somewhere in between all the craziness I started to see things clearly.


Things started becoming bright for me. It was kinda like the time I learned what a 5 filter was. (for those of you photoshop geeks it’s a way of increasing contrast in the darkroom -like an overlay layer on a b&w photo.) Originally all I saw were these muddy greys &now I can see clearly: the good and the bad. And although I can’t say right now is a happy time in my life, I can say I know where I’m heading and I’m doing what I can (almost; I just need that push start to get me going again.)

I need to stop telling myself TOMORROW I will change. We can’t wait; I can’t justify my procrastination. If change is going to happen, it happens NOW. (If my dorm things weren’t still in boxes I’d look for a good quote from Why We Can’t Wait by MLK Jr.) If it’s something you WANT to happen, then there’s no time left to put it off. Be the change you want to see. Make it Happen. No one is stopping you.

via weheartit

We’ll cut our bodies free
from the tethers of
this scene,
start a brand new colony.

Where everything will change,
we’ll give
ourselves new names.
Identities erased-

song: Brand New Colony
by: The Postal Service
xo,
Erica

P.S. Remember this ring?

I’m making a few of them as ‘made to order’s for a low price since I’m still learning.
Since it is going to be a learning experience they might not be perfect, but if you’re like me then you’ll find beauty in the imperfections. Let me know if you’re interested or just want more details (you can send me an email at xoErica(at)live.com or just send me a convo through etsy! )
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Quick post before curling up

Okay, so my new read, Breakfast of Champions (Kurt Vonnegut) awaits me and so I have to make this post quick;

These are for you, Amy. These are the pictures of the first sterling silver ring I ever made. I know it’s not perfect (but I have to admit, it came out a lot nicer than I had expected.) I think the band is too thick, makes the whole ring seem too geometric. I used a bezel cup (I guess that means I cheated!) and a 6mm soft green aventurine stone.

I can’t wait to make more. I’m actually thinking about investing all the $$ I saved up for the materials I need to make this stuff at home (like the basics for soldering and a tumbler!) But it may be a bad idea considering I have access to all this stuff at school (art league.)

Speaking of the art league… I had my photo class last night – we did stop action. We made a mess but had a lot of fun. This is my best shot from the session:

&I got a pic of the typewriter; I love how mechanical it is. My dad is a mechanical engineer and this shot reminds me of going down to his workshop and learning about all the different machines he had when I was a kid.

Can you tell I’ve been busy taking a lot of pictures? I have been inspired many times before to take at least one picture a day. I’ve tried shuttercal for the new year (twice!) and taking pics everyday once I moved into my dorm. Every time I stopped. Not for any reason, but I just got bored after a while. Some of you know Danielle Moser – she is doing a photo a day for the entire month.

I love her photography and not only is she inspiring but her photos are motivating me. Check out her blog: Biscuit.

With that being said – expect more photos from me. Even if they’re casual. I want to capture things with character, or at least a little bit of my personality. 😉

Oh! As I was checking my analytics today I found this site was referring to my blog: weheartit.com it’s like a collection of photos that people favorite. Indie meets High Fashion kinda thing. I like it, gorgeous to browse through – so many talented photographers compiled together. I’m flattered that it was referring back to my little blog but I wasn’t able to find which photo was featured – I wonder if it was even mine (I always link back to the source if the photo isn’t mine – like the one above, gorgeous, huh? I wish it were mine. lol)

And now to read. then sleep. mmmm.

P.S. I can’t resist posting a video (well an audio – but youtube is great for that too!)

reminds me of the period in between infatuation and getting to know someone. beautiful.