Non-Places

“The world of supermodernity does not exactly match the one in which we believe we live, for we live in a world that we have not yet learned to look at.  We have to relearn to think about space.” –Marc Auge

Describing Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, Douglas Coupland asserts, “O’Hare is the acme of metaphysical nonplaces dreamed up: the realization of technology’s secret goal of placing Plexiglass sheeting between ourselves and the world. Jets and turboprop commuter planes may well be the vessels in which drama occurs, but the hub is the stopping of time; human biology divorced from narrative and nature.”

While working on an assignment called NonPlaces I discovered there are nonplaces all around us. Places where it is hard to determine the actual use or meaning. Places that are ambiguous in nature, perhaps unsettling, or ironic. Places like a dead end, a vacant lot, public space with a surveillance camera. Places that no one really inhabits, but simply passes through. I found quite a few. A trail through the forest, a residential street that dead ends at a diary farm, mailboxes for an undeveloped housing complex, and a lonely bridge that seems to go nowhere.

Children’s Portraits

I have kids, lots of ’em. They range from 3 to 13 and I can’t really claim them as mine…only on Saturdays when we dance. As their instructor I make sure they can step-touch, pirouette, and jazz-walk. The three-year-olds are so cute, not much of an attention span so I would describe their dancing as creative movement. They’ve barely learned to walk and their heads are as big as their bodies…I think real coordination tends to kick in by year 10 or so. I took class pictures for my dance protegé’s and they look adorable {if I do say so myself =) }.

 

Maya + Dace: Proposal Preview

It was so much fun collaborating with Dace for a surprise proposal to my sister. We thought she was on to us, but as the coming photos will show she was shocked and ecstatic! The set up: a couple’s photo shoot, a stroll in the park, by the fountains…a nice afternoon out. She was none the wiser. My talented second shooter, Sarah was unaware of our plans and she nearly dropped her camera when Dace popped the question. Priceless. I’m not going to spoil it by showing the ring just yet. More to come!