September 10, 2013 § Leave a comment
You can smell it today. It is coming inside our building, inside our protected glass and concrete cube in the middle of the city. I am getting flashbacks to 2001-02 when there were bad bush fires in Sydney, especially in the Blue Mountains where I lived. The way it got in your hair, your clothes, your mind. The smell of threat.
This morning was windy and warm as I was making my way to work. It was overcast. Before I rose I could hear the wind and saw the subdued light from my bedroom door, and I assumed it would be cool. I had not remembered the flames then. I got to work and spoke about the warm wind and the bringing of spring, or summer. The longer nights of light, the feeling of being embraced by the air.
I have been having so many olfactory memories lately. This morning one also made me think of a Prince song, and then remembering spending time with J so long ago when I took photos of the red paintings, or the band as it was. Fires of the heart. That are not even embers anymore. Black dust kicked by your foot.
Then warm nights in Springwood. In one of these photos Jayde (who is 17 or so now) wore a red dress which was made for me when I was a child. It has smocking, and is soft. In it she sits in the backyard which was that time alight and filled with smoke.
September 8, 2013 § Leave a comment
this post is not about kingdoms at all. a big ride today 55km – very hilly – here is the route we took. then plus 11km for the ride to and from Wolli creek for the train.
i shimmied very ungracefully under a chainlink fence to a quarry to photograph some huge mounds of clay. filthy after that.
it is a different part of the city and I enjoyed the ride but it become sore for the last 15km.
I now am a proud owner of an sx-70 sonar polaroid land camera. the guy at the ‘smile please’ second-hand camera store around the corner on king street – he fixed my Yaschica Mat 124 so I need to photograph with that soon… I found a final roll of film from iceland – an infrared – what is on it….
maybe this is kingdoms, sets of classification. I am a bit of a blondie. That is a polaroid, photographed by my webcam. Scanner on my list of needed things. iceland in feb? film festival?
June 11, 2013 § Leave a comment
Allies from unexpected places thank you. Last night I dreamed I was in a car with some women – I know them but from where (life, TV, pop culture??) – and we were driving in NYC. We had taken a road out to the east, trying to get to a really nice village on the outskirts of Manhattan Not to Jersey mind… but as we were driving we had to go up a steep hill. W e could not drive the steeper one, but the one less steep well.. the driver she said the car would not make it.
This dream also coincided with another where i am living or travelling with a group and we stay by the sea. There is always some strange aspect to the beach, a whale, cliffs, a house on stilts.
Today after waking the second time (first time was 4.30am) I rode out to ALexandria, I bought a special plate for cheap cheap. I came home and Wyatt brought over a clothes rack. Then he took me to Midnight Special and shouted me a couple of drinks. It was nice to catch up and see him. The bartender even gave us free rum shots with orange wedges dipped in cinnamon.
I have no money but need to develop all my film. I applied for a job and need to do more. my ankles are swollen and sore always. I watched youtube videos on ways to exercise them.
I miss you all. Especially my women friends.