Well this week is turning out to be a trip down memory lane. Last night I got to see Jane’s Addiction (all four original members) do a mini set at the NME Awards at The El Rey. Some of you might think that they are a bunch of idiots, but this band played a large role in my adolescent life. I realize that potential clients might read this blog, so I’m going to chose my next words carefully. Let me just say that when I was a youngster, I had some years during which I wasn’t the best behaved girl in the world. I have no secrets from my parents, who unfortunately had to find everything out the hard way, but that time in my life taught me a lot. I have very vivid memories of listening to Nothing’s Shocking over and over and over again during the better part of 1990-1993. Now I guess I’m technically an adult and slightly more stable, and it was still really fun to see them all these years later. I have to say the music holds up just fine in 2008, as far as I’m concerned.
Tonight I saw Portishead play a free “rehearsal” type show in preparation for their Coachella performance. When I was in college, Dummy was a big deal. I don’t think I had seen them play before tonight, or at least I don’t remember seeing them. It started out a little boring, but then it got good. Beth sounded really pretty. There was a good mix of classics that people wanted to hear and new songs people wound up enjoying. And by ‘people’, I mean me.
This all brought me back to photography…I know…nerd town. It’s true though. I’ve been struggling to write a good artist statement for the past few months, and I think I might have figured it out finally. I realize a lot of the pictures I’m drawn to taking evoke some sort of nostalgia for me. It isn’t necessarily my personal nostalgia, but memory is universal and experience is universal and solitude is universal. I think there a couple contributing factors as to why I photograph this way. I don’t really want to get too heavy and serious right now so I’ll hold off on explaining in depth.
I wanted to post Ocean Size because that was the best song of the evening, but apparently very hard to find footage of. So, please enjoy Mountain Song.