Monday, June 18, 2007


And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
Anais Nin

One of my best photography teachers didn't like Anne Geddes. In fact she threatened to flunk anyone who came in with cute animal or baby pictures. It wasn't so much that she hated Anne Geddes' style. She didn't like the safety and complacency that she and others like her represented. Venturing outside of our comfort zone, even when the image might leave people not understanding or even have them detesting the subject was what she wanted us to learn.

When I saw this "doll" it repelled me, yet I felt I had to take the photo. Again my teacher shared that sometimes we cannot respond analytically/intellectually to an image we have seen or taken, we just have to know it brings out a visceral reaction and leave it at that. So I've not tried to this deconstruct this photo. I just let it exist and know that it still disturbs me somehow. It tells me I'm growing out of my "comfort zone" as an artist and a photographer.

Thanks Prof!

Edwyn Collins, "A Girl Like You":

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