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friday archives, part 2

February 15, 2013

this week’s photo editing took me from january through july of 2008.

it is quite the experience to time travel in this way.

essentially, i am back in that time and place,

reliving the experiences of those moments.

i realize many things in the revisiting:

things about myself, my family,

the continuity of interests, and the types of things

that catch my eye.

turns out i’m very drawn to visual textures.

this will be made obvious…

bear with me.

this week’s selections start off with a visit home to monterey county,

on an afternoon spent at carmel beach.

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these two look like siblings,

but it’s actually my granddaughter and my nephew.

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funny how i can still hear the shrieks of laughter through the years.

then a day at the monterey bay aquarium,

which i can never get enough of.

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the jellyfish absolutely fascinate me.

it is as if their sole purpose for existence is to be an exemplar of beauty.

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i feel like my eyeballs spin around in circles in the face of so much sensory intake.

just like this little grandson of mine,

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who didn’t know quite what to make of it all.

it seems that back in 2008 my photos were still largely travel-related.

apparently my camera had not yet become the appendage that it is today.

therefore, despite a lot of home living between trips,

we suddenly find ourselves in europe.

we spent a few lovely days in sussex,

primarily to indulge our shared passion in the bloomsbury group.

for those of you who have followed this blog for a while,

this will come as no surprise.

for those of you who will be returning,

expect to see such photos again,

as we travel there, um…

quite a lot.

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virginia woolf’s bedroom at monk’s house in rodmell.

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the altar in the church at firle,

painted by vanessa bell and duncan grant.

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the welcoming front door of charleston farmhouse,

legendary gathering place for this lifelong group of incredibly gifted friends.

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a lily pond in the garden.

we took the train into london for a day.

my favorite shots were textural,

both taken at the swan, a warm and wonderful old pub

where we shared a lovely repast on a rather blustery day.

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from london we flew to marseilles,

where we spent a warm week logging many miles driving the provencal countryside.

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a close-up of the customary roof tiles

that i snapped while we were waiting for our dinner.

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some of the lovely ornamented windows that make it hard for me to walk in a straight line from point a to point b in any given locale.

click on this to see the humorous detail on the top right:

a cat poised above a birdcage filled with stuffed fish!

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shimmering fish in a pond in avignon.

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approaching one of the many hillside villages throughout the region.

i was particularly drawn to the very everyday, human element in this scene.

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“black is the color of refuge.”  bachelard

from provence to paris–

this is one of my favorite shots ever,

one that could only be taken at a particular time of day

to achieve the desired reflection:

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it actually inspired a book of transparencies that i am compiling in a vintage photo album…

more on that later.

it is also the last time that i can take this particular photo,

as the mirrored building, after much vandalization,

was demolished to make way for reconstruction.

pity, that.

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one of our many, many paris park picnics.

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“light” on “light”–

 a study in contrasts.

and at the end of our trip,

after meeting up with some family members for a few glorious days,

we celebrated with what we jokingly called…

(wait for it…)

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an evening of sin and debauchery.

to be honest, it involved merely good red wine,

absinthe from the montmarte museum,

fine french pastries,

and a few random cigarettes,

joyously consumed outside on the deck…

after which we discovered that we had locked ourselves out.

o.m.g.

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editing this photo series has left me positively HOWLING with laughter!!!!

with tears rolling down my face i sign off until next week’s episode of—

friday archives.

happy weekend, friends!!

thanks for being here.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. February 15, 2013 9:36 pm

    Every single one of those photos made my heart sing. I would die of joy to be able to travel like that. And that last picture–lol! That’s totally something that would happen to my husband and I. We end up getting locked into the local cemetery almost every year on All Souls’…

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      February 16, 2013 5:17 am

      how funny– a large part of the paris photos that i edited were actually cemetery photos, taken at the montmarte and pere lachaise cemeteries. there is such a beautiful and quiet history to be discovered in such places and they are not full of tourists. i may include some in future posts. travel for me is all about how i am changed by the journey, and it is often surprising.

  2. February 17, 2013 5:09 pm

    a grand trip back in time.
    love all the architecture.

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      February 17, 2013 7:24 pm

      i have a lot of architecture photos, especially the art nouveau buildings in brussels and paris.
      i’m always astonished by how much more elaborate the detailing was on old buildings compared to now, when we have so many more tools and technology available to us.
      i don’t really get that.
      maybe i was born in the wrong time…

  3. Maile permalink
    February 21, 2013 11:42 pm

    That evening of debauchery is one of my favorite memories of all time! I am laughing remembering our adventure…silently though…it’s naptime!

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      February 22, 2013 2:17 am

      I KNOW!!!! There were a number of other hilarious (read: incriminating!) photos that I didn’t post that literally had me in hysterics! I got a good two days worth of laughter revisiting that little evening! I’m so glad that you remember it fondly, as well!

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