The State of My World, May 2018: Tiny Things

Yay,  I’m finally posting my monthly blog before the end of the month, (kinda.. it's only bout a week away..)

Inspired by the dreamy springtime blooms (now a thing of the past) and my love of tiny things, I hoped to capture the essence of Spring by printing tiny subjects on tiny negatives.  Keeping true to form, I procrastinated just enough to where there was hardly any sign of spring left to print. (Insert Upside Down Emoji) Luckily, my house had enough Ligustrum Litter in the backyard to scoop up a few tiny petals to make some lasting hypoallergenic images.

And then while strolling thru the Garden District with a group during my weekly photo workshop a few weeks ago,  I managed to capture the Very Last Ligustrum Bloom on this Very Large Ligustrum Hedge just for good measure. 

It has been a while since I’ve printed on negatives, and I admit to not being as emulsion savvy with the different films (yet) as I am with paper, so the purple hues were a welcome surprise. My first print was actually jasmine

and it did not disappoint.   Just like Everything Else I Do, this isn’t a series just about tiny springtime blooms.  It’s more about the idea of said tiny springtime blooms. The idea is that the Big Picture is nothing more than a series of tiny things, and its the tiny things that matter.

 I love the fragrance of spring with the jasmine and ligustrum in bloom (granted this year it came way early and normally I’d be looking forward to the jasmine blooms wafting through the air right about now rather than lamenting its ending).  I like the vibrancy of this jasmine image b/c it shows the  Power of the (seemingly) Tiny.   (Unsolicited PSA:  Wanna heal the world? ….Think Tiny..one kind act...one single vote....) 

If not for all those tiny petals, where would that vernal aroma that envelops our neighborhoods each year be?! 

…. maybe hiding with this lizard? Note: This is the only jasmine print I have right now because the camera that I used to take jasmine pics with is currently vacationing with some witches in Massachusetts, buts that’s for another state of my world blog post.  Anyhoo, while we are on lizards, here’s a couple of tiny dinosaurs:

Just before I killed my lantana (it will be back) while on road trip to Massachusetts to drop said camera off at Witch Camp, I made a few lumen prints. They didn’t come out exactly as I envisioned, but I do like the circular pattern of this one.  

I thought it a nice ending for this post - may the circle of tiny things be unbroken..to create a  better state of our world...

 

Til next time..

 

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www.natashasanchezcreates.com

Cats Claw - The Positives, The Negatives & The Biscuits

I’ve always loved cat’s claw.

A vine known in these parts more as an invasive and pesky weed than a medicinal herb with healing properties, cat’s claw is by far one of my favorite lumen print subjects. Its claw-like tendrils never fail to fascinate me. Even when entwined with every object in sight. The prevalence of it in my world led me to start creating lumen prints from it early on.

Cats Claw & Vine, Crescent City Illumenations

Oddly enough, it turns out that my actual cats claws have the same healing affect. Who woulda thunk?

Rhoda

As many in my inner circle know, and by inner circle I mean - Facebook, Rhoda left this world last month after a short battle with cancer. She leaves behind nearly 15 years of loving, fun and adventurous memories, tons of photos and her presence will always be felt . She also left behind some of her cat claws.

Rhodas Claws found about the house

It dawned on me after this posthumous find, that with its regenerative properties, a cats claw makes a purrrfect lumen subject.After all, I’m always searching for fallen flowers and leaves (and the occasional bug) to give them new life via a lumen print. Plus I like to match.  Cats claw, the vine, is one of my favorite lumen print subjects.  Rhoda's my favorite photo subject.  Why not combine the two?

Due to claws being So Tiny (despite the scratches & scars), and in keeping with the circumstances of this new lumen extravaganza, I decided to create a Positive from a Negative, and print these claws on film as lumen negatives. So now the claws can appear larger than life (which is more accurate as to how they feel).

Rhoda Moon * Cats Claw & Cats Claw * Biscuits & Claws

So, while Rhoda is not around to make biscuits anymore , her claws live on in a slightly less painful way.  

And I'm okay with that.  

Thanks for the inspiration, Rho.

Rest in peace. 

Me & Rho

Rhoda Sanchez

November 2000-May 2015

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