Sunday, August 17, 2014

Recovering and a thought

It's been almost 10 days since getting back from my Europe trip and what a whirlwind of emotions and actions that have begun to take place. I am trying to work on creating new pieces for the conclusion of The Divine Journey series and I'm grateful that I have until May of next year to complete the book.

However, there is something I need to post here:  I've learned over the course of some months...I have had this blog since 2007 and though I've posted infrequently, and almost always about art, very few people have ever taken an interest in it. Suddenly, in recent months, more and more people are talking about it, possibly because my personal life, to them is much more important than my art....

I didn't set out to create this blog for airing my personal life, but since many times my personal life is interspersed with my art, I imagine it coming up from time to time. And since this is indeed a public forum, it has the chance of being read by anyone and everyone.

Such is the life of a blogger, I suppose. But like anything else in the public eye - if you don't like what you are reading, don't read it. If you do not like my art and what it stands for, don't look at it. For me to have to censor myself about me and my life for the sake of someone else's feelings means I'm not being honest with me. Having said that, I have not once slandered anyone, set out to hurt or embarrass anyone, nor have I ever brought the unwanted attention (if at all) in the public eye about any one ...well, ok, Damien Hirst needs a few words said about him but then again, who hasn't done that already?

I consider myself a good and decent person, trying to figure out herself, her art and her life and I have chosen a public forum in which to do that. Some don't agree with it but it's what I've chosen. When I write a post, I keep in mind exactly what I'm writing and know well that there might be some repercussions....and well that's part of it all, isn't it?

So to those of you that are suddenly interested in my blog - excellent and thank you very much.  I'm very happy and grateful that I have your attention and maybe you'll appreciate what I'm posting here without judgement. And if you care to judge me and what I write here, well, that's too bad because not one of you is above me and all have faults and flaws of your own. We all have our lives that we need to live through and most of us are far from perfect and none pious.

Now back to your regularly scheduled programming and a new image to share:
This was taken at the Certosa di Bologna in Italy and am very thankful to have received written permission from the certosa to do this. I am pleased with this outcome. :)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The photo that had them running!

So here is a photo of what I was seated upon when security came and told me to delete the photos in front of them and had us leave Pere-Lachaise immediately....as you can see, I was clearly vandalizing...

In reality, if I received written permission from the cemetery, this would have been allowed. Pere-Lachaise is one of the most famous cemeteries in the world due to its history and the celebrities that are buried there. Like many public places, permission is expected and as the case was in Italy at the Certosa, it would have been granted to me if I had done so. OK, lesson learned.

And PS - the images I was able to recover from there were not very strong anyway, so this was all moot.



Sunday, August 10, 2014

Back in New York - photos and update

My internet connection in Italy was scarce so my apologies for not being able to update there. I hit a major snag while there - my luggage was delayed for several days so I couldn't photography myself until Thursday - the day before I left! And this time, I got written permission to photograph in the Certosa di Bologna so no problems with anything! Also, the heat in Italy was the worst I think I experienced these three weeks and I felt ill on several occasions. Nonetheless, I managed to get some great photos! And many thanks to my gracious host and hostess - Max Tornabene (we STILL don't know if we are related!) and his girlfriend Federica. They were so kind, warm and hospitable and Max made a great model as well!

I am in the process of working on the photos as I type this and I only have a few to post here from the England leg of the trip so here are a few: The boy is Tyler of whom I wrote about before. What a wonderful kid and model! I will add more photos as soon as possible!







Saturday, August 2, 2014

France, I'll be back home soon

Today is my last day in France until I'm back living here in a few months. I've seen many amazing and breathtaking sights, experienced many delicious foods (crepes, fromage, chocolat et du pain - what more do you need?) and taken in many different types of ambiance dependent on what arrondissement I was in. I've been photographing like mad, finding statues and inspiration at every corner. I also set out to the two cemeteries I was on a mission to photograph at.

Having said that, an altercation of sorts took place at Pere Lachaise historical cemetery. As I was interacting with a monument, a security guard not only came by to stop me (something I never experienced in the states), but had to contact her boss - the cemetery "master" I'll call him - to come look at the photos I took and forced me to delete them, explaining in a brute way, that I wasn't allowed.....I had taken some wonderful poses with statuary that were now gone. I explained to him that I was an artist and in no way intending any disrespect but was told because I didn't have written consent, I was not allowed to, I guess pose with the statues...so, basically if I had permission, I was allowed to do this. (That makes sense....no, not really) We were then told to leave immediately. My boyfriend suggested that because I'm not French, I was let off easy.....there could've possibly been worse consequences. I'm hoping that with data recovery software, that I can somehow retrieve the deleted photos, especially since I've swapped out memory cards making sure I didn't shoot anything over the deleted data. And there was a couple of shots the "master" didn't see that I was able to keep...

On a better note, I did manage to interact with one beautiful statue at Montmarte Cemetery. And what a better atmosphere that place was in general - much more what I'm used to - quiet and peaceful as opposed to Pere Lechaise that was so packed with people, I thought I was in Disneyland.

Tomorrow, I'm off to Bologna - where I know I'll be surrounded by angels everywhere and I have my cousin that will pose for me for a side project in homage of Caravaggio. I'm looking forward to that as well as the fooooooooooood! I'll be back in the states on August 8 and will start working on the completion of The Divine Journey in the midst of preparing for my biggest journey in my life yet - my move to France, to a surburb outside of Paris. Those blog entries will be saved for another time...