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LOOKING AT PHOTOGRAPHS

Apples on the tree in Tieton, Washington

Apples, Tieton, Washington.

For the past week, I have felt this intense need to look at photographs. I don’t mean to look at photographs-in-the-making, those being exposed; I mean to look at photographs that are printed images.

Truth is, I haven’t been out with my camera for awhile, so mining my old files, looking at photographs made by me or someone else that inspires me is the next best thing.

To see them with expanded awareness—Minor White’s approach to seeing, which is akin to meditation or “being still with yourself”—is a way for me to stay sane in the face of my growing apprehension about some health issues. Even though it’s hard to relax into a soft focus when I’m anxious, if I can bring myself to a heightened state of awareness, and look at images from that place, my vision is as creative as the act of making the image in the first place.

Reading poetry, like looking at photographs, can change you.

This poem by Jane Hirshfield comes to mind:

Bad Year

Even in this bad year,
the apples grow heavy and round.
Three friends and I trade stories:
biopsy, miscarriage, solitude,
a parent’s unravelling body or mind.
What is reliable? What do you hold?
I demand of the future, later.
The future–whose discretion is perfect–
says nothing, but rolls another
apple loose from its grip.
A hopeful yellow jacket comes to hunt
the crack, the point of easy entry.

© Jane Hirshfield, from After

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THE NATURE OF CLOUDS

Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays: First Series (1841)

Dawn sky in Walla Walla, Washington

Morning came.

I stumbled into the dawn. It was an unusual sky, a strange firmament of flame-shaped clouds against the still-dark yonder, a display so strange it was as if the northern lights had slipped southward to put on an aurora show.

As I stood there, looking, Minor White’s words came to mind: “One should not only photograph things for what they are but for what else they are.”

Flames, waves, or maybe wings, I gave the heaven’s grand spectacle a few moments of my time. And then the sky changed.

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POETRY & DANCE PERFORMANCE THIS FRIDAY

Alynn Event

Friday, February 19th, A.C.M.E Creative Space, in Anacortes, is hosting this exciting performance: an evening of poetry and dance!

I have always been interested in the synergy between the visual arts and poetry. And because in my earliest career I was a classical ballet dancer, movement (and music) has always figured extensively in my work.

So, I love this collaborative performance in which I will be reading from Necessity of Flight, my latest book of poems, and then The Fidalgo Dance Works Performing Company will interpret in dance two poems they selected from my book. All this, surrounded by an exhibit of my black and white photographs. It amazes me how all this came together.

There will be two showings on Friday: at 5 and 7pm.

Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets or from the gallery, 705 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221. Questions? Feel free to contact me or the gallery.

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LEAPS OF LIGHT

 
A couple of weeks ago I mentioned my upcoming exhibit of black and white photographic prints, at ACME Creative Space, in Anacortes, an honor that sends me over the moon! Then, as if that were not enough excitement, there is more I want to tell you about.

In addition to the exhibition of my photographs, there will be a special event happening on Saturday, February 19, at the gallery: a performance of Poetry and Interpretive Dance. I will be reading some of my poems, and The Fidalgo Dance Works will interpret two of them. I cannot wait to be a part of this brilliant performance.

There will be two seatings for this event, one at 5 p.m. and again at 7 p.m.

What makes this all so thrilling is that the synergy among art forms has always interested me. I wonder, what are the correspondences between various forms of expression? How does one enlighten the other?

My photographs have always been an expression of seeing, a visual reflection of experience more than a depiction of subject matter.

Once I started to write poems it took me no time at all to realize that they were quite imagistic. They came into being through the act of seeing, and the experience, once breathed in, was expressed in concrete images, honed and shaped with concentration and concision.

Here, at this confluence is yet another stream. I was a classically trained ballet dancer even before I was a photographer. Movement to this day serves my creative expression; the body still informs my work.

So, this exhibition of photographs, poetry, and interpretive dance brings me to that meeting place I so welcome.

Exhibit
“Half-Remembered Dreams”
Opening Reception February 5, starting at 6 p.m.
ACME Creative Space, 705 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes

Poetry & Dance Performance
With Poet Jane Alynn and The Fidalgo Dance Works Performing Company
February 19
Performances at 5 p.m. and at 7 p.m.
Tickets $12. Search Brown Paper Tickets. Seating is limited.

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