The State of My World, December 2018: Balance

Some thoughts on the state of my  world/brain as a ‘nother year comes to a close..

 My photographic and musical journey began around the turn of the century (I love saying that, haha) nearly 20 years ago.  Like millions of my fellow artists in the world, I’ve spent much of the time since then creating works, navigating the medium(s), the business, the clients, the mission, and at times, my life.   When I can.  

 This year I knew it was time to simplify things and create more calm instead of more craziness. Its easy to get pulled in a kajillion directions especially when you practice more than one art form (fave quote that I often quote by Joseph Campbell:   “"the form is secondary, the message is whats important”) Before I knew it, I was randomly seeing whales on the East Coast and whales on the West Coast.  I randomly visited Salem in Massachusetts and then Salem in Oregon. I drove past “New” Salem in the Midwest.   All of this geographic symmetry happened naturally and unbeknownst to me at the start of the year, balance was/is the key.

(and apparently, Salem, haha…insert upside down emoji HERE)

 To celebrate this newfound state of equipoise, I photographed the sign at the 45th parallel near Salem, Oregon. 

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I wasn’t sure what I wanted to photograph in Salem Proper, but true to World Tour form, I was drawn to a church.  At first because of its cool sign, but as I got closer there was something else that caught my attention. I had come to Salem to photograph balance (the 45th parallel sign) which I did, but I also found an off centered, unbalanced cross on the façade of the church and somehow everything just seemed right (aka balanced) b/c that’s just life.  Things can’t be  centered/balanced until you know that they aren’t.

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When I think of the craziness I was trying to calm another fave quote by my fave fictional character, Sherlock Holmes comes to mind:  “You are too bound by forms, Watson”.   And coming back full circle to Campbell, I realize that balance, and calm, comes from focusing on the message rather than focusing on the craziness of the form, that’s true of any situation. Hoping to keep that mindset strong going forward.

 (Random fun fact: I just bought New Balance running shoes. That’s just irrelevant yet relevant lagniappe but I just realized that too, haha.) 

Anyhoo, tip of the hat to 2018, and looking forward to 2019, wherever the road leads and all the good books I shall read.  

Happy New Year.


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www.natashasanchezcreates.com

The State of My World, October 2018: Heavy Metal

Halloween makes me think of Ozzy Osbourne, cuz, well ….Ozzy, and also because I saw him at Voodoo Fest a few years back so naturally I thought my October blog should be about Birmingham.    teehee.

So I read an article once  that said Birmingham (UK) was the birthplace of heavy metal because its where Ozzy is from. Ever since I read that, which may have been in the pre-historic World Tour era, I’ve wanted to go to Birmingham (AL)  and photograph heavy metal (on 35mm film, of course..metal…).  I finally got that chance last May when Laura DeFazio was kind enough to make Birmingham a pit stop on our Road Trip to Nowhere. 

We found this great alley in which to explore metal things and apparently, climb metal things. 

It was a happy surprise to come across the Birmingham Oddities. These kinds of things always have a way of working out on the World Tour that will Never End.   The store was closed (Laura may have scaled the wall, can’t remember..) but it was both a joy and an appropriate oddity to come across on the Road Trip to Nowhere with a slight Ozzy Osbourne angle that later included whales (thats just lagniappe for now)  

Anyhoo, have a spooky Halloween, stay tuned for upcoming photo excitement (PhotoNOLA is just around the corner!) Also if you haven’t seen my latest Sun Print Road Trip pics from Paris and Mexico, click HERE.

Here’s what’s coming up gig wise on Halloween and in November:

October 31st - World’s Spookiest Open Mic Buffas (1001 Esplanade) 7pm

November 7th - Crescent City Farmers Market at the French Market with Patrick Cooper 1:30-4:30

November 15th - Neutral Ground Coffeehouse (5510 Danneel) 8-9pm

November 18th - Songwriter Circle with Jean Bayou and Beth Patterson Buffas (1001 Esplanade) 4-7pm

all content (c) natasha sanchez 2018

www.natashasanchezcreates.com

The State of My World, March 2018: Quinoa

I’m trying to get better about posting this blog at the beginning of the month, but every beginning has an end and here we are again at the end of the month...with 5-ish hours to spare!   ‘sall good though b/c I’ve had a few ideas of what to write about but ultimately  what got this month started was…quinoa.  

I’ve been cooking up a quinoa storm lately, casseroles, soups, salads even patties.  Unrelated to this recent cooking venture, three years ago I was able to visit the land of the quinoa itself, Peru (did not go there b/c of quinoa, but it is all I ate while there, thank you freakishly high altitude). I also realized I haven’t posted many pics from that trip so here are a few.

               Quinoa Field, Peru

Quinoa (keen-wah…as in “I’m so KEEN on Chickie WAH wah, haha) is known for being a versatile superfood packed with nutrients and proteins.   I s’pose my mind has been wandering to one in particular DELICiOUS quinoa soup that I had in Peru and have since tried to replicate it (read: tried) and that is maybe what launched my recent obsession.  Or maybe …it was the need to sustain versatility.  A full-time artist is a Creator, Creative Director, Business Manager, Accountant, Coordinator, Teacher, the list goes on …..in other words ….in order to Survive, an Artist has to be versatile, no matter where the strengths and weaknesses lie. So adding a versatile grain into my diet and contemplating said versatility rather than working on my taxes seems apropos at this time.

Yet I also think back to Peru itself.  There is no way to experience Peru and not include the word “versatile”. With a variety of topography and climates, being able to adapt to the 4-seasons-in-one-day is essential and lets not forget that pesky high altitude thing.  

So maybe the theme of this blog is not necessarily quinoa, but versatility, adaptability.  Yet somehow quinoa, Peru and a sun-god lizard relates.  In my photography classes I often repeat the phrase "everything is relative".  What works for one shot doesn't necessarily work for the next and the photographer is constantly adapting to the current and ever-changing conditions, scenes and subjects. Throw the business side into the mix and we are adapting all over the place.   Quinoa, in all its culinary versatility, Peru with its ever changing landscape and lizards with their righteous ability to adapt, reminds me that everything is connected and that the world is as large or as small as we want it to be, how we choose to perceive it, and adapt to it, is entirely up to us. 

Til next time....

** I do intend at some point to post my photos of Peru..stay tuned.. **

 

 

all content (c) Natasha Sanchez  2018

www.natashasanchezcreates.com