Archive for November, 2010

Annie Leibovitz Writing

Reading Annie Leibovitz’s At Work

The book is introspective, honest and personal. It takes you to the story behind

each picture and does so as if she’sconfiding¬†to a friend. She writes: “I’ve been on many tour buses and at many concerts, but the best photographs i’ve made of musicans at work were done during the Rolling Stones tour. I probably spent more time on it than on any other subject. For me, the story about the pictures is about almost losing myself, and coming back, and what it means to be deeply involved in a subject. The thing that saved me was that I had my camera by my side. It was there to remind me who I was and what I did. It separated me from them. “

What separates is what saves. And it’s true–the parts of yourself that prevent you from joining fully are those which define you. Do you have an object that does this for you? That reminds you who you are?

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I read something beautiful this morning. I’ll share the stanza with you here. If you have a chance, read the entire poem:

“I cannot look at forsythia now
without loss, or joy for you.
You step delicately
into the wild world
and your real prize will be
the frantic search.
Want everything. If you break
break going out not in.
How you live your life I don’t care
but I’ll sell my arms for you,
hold your secrets for ever.”

-To a Sad Daughter
Michael Ondaatje (1984)

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