Inspired by James Turrell
I finally made it over to LACMA to see the James Turrell show. I’ve long been a fan of Turrell’s skyspaces and have been fortunate enough to see several of them. The LACMA show features fifty years of Turrell’s light and space explorations including his geometric light projections, two dimensional holograms, and light installations, which explore perception. It is a fantastic show and I left feeling inspired. When I arrived home later that day, our neighbor’s house had been tented for fumigation. The tent was striped in orange and blue and the end of the day light hit it at just the right angle and reflected the color onto our wall and ceiling. It looked like a Turrell, the colored light flattening the three dimensional space into two. In a matter of days the tent was gone and the walls were white again, but I am left with a new way of seeing my own space.
Somehow I always find myself backed against a wall.
I’ve been a long time admirer of Kelly Wearstler so I was elated at the opportunity to photograph several of her projects. Her use of color and texture is awe inspiring and I love her eclectic mix of furniture from different periods.
I was requested by my sister, who makes delicious baked goods, to bring a cake for Easter. I found this recipe for Strawberry cake on the Smitten Kitchen blog and I decided to give it a go. I love to cook, but I don’t bake much. I discovered a few things. First, it’s generally a bad idea to try to make two cakes the morning of the event you are going to. Second, it takes a lot longer to make cakes when you have decided to photograph the process. All that said, the cakes came out yummy! I made one In a pie dish and one in a cake pan lined with parchment paper. I cut back the sugar to 3/4 c and used 1 cup of milk. Here’s the recipe http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2011/05/strawberry-summer-cake/
I am excited to participate in Month of Photography LA again this year. One of my images was selected to be in the annual Smashbox group show.
I hope to see you at the opening on April 17.This will be a great event with a talented group of photographers and music provided by DJ B+. RSVP to email@example.com.
Some images from my shoot with Zouk Los Angeles. Zouk has great textiles, ceramics, and other home decor from around the world.
The Wadley’s Christmas Card
My brother-in-law Jeff is a very talented art director who designs movie posters for a living. For the past five years he and my sister Julie have asked me to shoot their family’s Christmas Card. This is not your average family Christmas Card. Every year Jeff has come up with great ideas, but I think this is the best so far. We moved the Christmas tree out of the way and I set up a little photo studio in their living room. The kids are now 6 and 8 and take direction much better than in years past. That wasn’t the case with the animals. All we needed was a ladder and some treats for the cats. The chickens are new additions to the family and they don’t like being without each other, so Jeff had to hold one nearby while I tried to make chicken noises. There was only one accident between the four. I left Jeff with our favorite photos and waited for my card to come in the mail. I’m not sure how we will top this next year.
Here’s wishing everyone a Happy New Year!