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Favorite Shots: The Image of My Heart Shall Be Exposed

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If the image of my heart were always to be exposed, it might be more like the left than the right sometimes. It’s a problem.


Pipe Dream #151: To Let Go of It

Nothing beats a sugar maple. It is dead now, ’til next time.

Raking away,


Favorite Shots: I, Too, Dislike It

I wrote this intending to follow these instructions early the next morning. I barely understood them 12 hours later.


I, too, dislike it: there are things that are important beyond all
this fiddle.
Reading it, however, with a perfect contempt for it, one
discovers in
it after all, a place for the genuine.
Hands that can grasp, eyes
that can dilate, hair that can rise
if it must, these things are important not because a

high-sounding interpretation can be put upon them but because
they are
useful. When they become so derivative as to become
the same thing may be said for all of us, that we
do not admire what
we cannot understand: the bat
holding on upside down or in quest of something to

eat, elephants pushing, a wild horse taking a roll, a tireless wolf
a tree, the immovable critic twitching his skin like a horse that
feels a
flea, the base-
ball fan, the statistician–
nor is it valid
to discriminate against ‘business documents and

school-books’; all these phenomena are important. One must
make a distinction
however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the
result is not poetry,
nor till the poets among us can be
‘literalists of
the imagination’–above
insolence and triviality and can present

for inspection, ‘imaginary gardens with real toads in them’, shall
we have
it. In the meantime, if you demand on the one hand,
the raw material of poetry in
all its rawness and
that which is on the other hand
genuine, you are interested in poetry.

-Marianne Moore

Favorite Shots: Eye (In False)

False eyelashes are the funnest.


Pipe Dream #81: To Divide Nine Sometimes

There is this concept in photography called the rule of thirds. Basically, it says that photos have more tension and visual interest if the subject is not in the middle of the frame. (You can read more about it on wikipedia, if you want.) I was pleasantly surprised to learn about this rule and realize that my natural tendency is to take off-center photos, or crop them that way.

Sometimes, I intentionally take a shot in the center of the frame so I can get it perfectly focused, knowing I can crop it later,  like I did with the one above.

Sometimes, though, I really like centered shots. They make a statement. Bam. This is a cow.

Bam. This is my face. Right in the middle there.

So this rule is supposed to be the ideal, but I don’t always like the rules. I like ideals, but sometimes the ideal is the ordinary.

Extra ordinary,


Favorite Shots: Me + Emmy

This shot is neither recent nor taken by me. My beautiful cousin, Emmy, shot it last summer for fun. She’s always had a ton of creative talent, and her photography is no exception. Check out her blog here. You won’t regret it.


Favorite Shots: Quirky Fingers

About this shot:

It was winter then. Now it isn’t anymore. And I am glad. But still.

Slips are considered unnecessary for that which they were designed nowadays. But I still think they should be necessary because they are pretty. This one is pleated at the bottom. It cost me a dollar.

What up with my pinky?

All photo credit to my dear friend Rachel of rachel marie {photographie}.

Goodbye winter. Hello again, weird fingers.


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