The State of my World, Summer 2018: space

Hellllooooo….I purposely put off posting The State of My World this summer because I had a feeling the months together would have more of a collective vibe…one long month with 3 very different, yet cohesive, parts.  I also wanted the opportunity to write “purposely put off posting” haha

So whats been up – Road Trippin to Nowhere which turned out to be Everywhere, 

(and saw whales)

Road Trippin to Antiquity, visiting what was once the largest city north of Mexico in pre- Columbian times,                         Cahokia in Southern Illinois.

And vacationing in & around Seattle

(and saw whales)

..not my photo b/c my pics are all of the sky..   photo ©San Juan Excursions

In between….there was a whole lot of cleaning/clearing out my apartment…to make space.

A tiny apartment that also serves as my studio can get super cluttered. My goal for the summer was to organize my prints/studio, but I quickly learned that to organize my prints I had to organize my apartment and in organizing my apartment I was unintentionally, unexpectedly but necessarily organizing my life, thus making space for what lies ahead.  This summer was given over to making the time to create the space to move forward. (insert snazzy sundial pic here, except that I already posted it so here's another one) So this blogs theme is space. (Or whales.)

And on that note … I have quite a few things coming up –


Saturday, August 11th Urbanism & EccentricitesWhere Y'art Gallery /1901 Royal/ a group show commemorating 300 years of NOLA juried by geographer Richard Campenella – my print “Passing Time” was chosen for this exhibtion

Monday, August 13th – Opening for the Coliseum Street Extras at Luckys /1625 St Charles/ 10-11pm

Thursday, August 16th – Solo at the Neutralground Coffeehouse /5510 Danneel/ 8-9pm

Sunday,  August 19thSongwriter Circle at Buffas /1001 Esplanade/ with Micah McKee & Tereson Dupuy

Saturday, August 25th – Renaissance Pere Marquette/817 Common/  with Patrick Cooper


What with my new found spacious space (not quite there yet, but better) I’ll also be spending the next few weeks getting ready for my September exhibition of lumen prints at the Ocshner Healing Arts Walk at Ocshner Hospital!!  I’m really looking forward to showing this work in this healing environment.   More on that later.

I’m still going through my 650,000,000 pictures I took over the summer. ...And the summer ain't over yet.  Hopefully soon I’ll be posting my pics of the birthplace of heavy metal  (insert intrigue here)

Til then ..

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..

 

all content (c) Natasha Sanchez

www.natashasanchezcreates.com

The State of My World, February 2018 : Dedication

I'm  often drawn to ancient sites, churches, cathedrals, places of reverence. Almost every World Tour photo shoot  included a church and the ancient mound sites were peppered throughout the route (which led to the Ancient World Tour, currently on hiatus but sure to resume in 2018)  The challenge is creating that reverent vibe in the real world, in every day life. Yet its not so challenging when we are open to seeing it in nature, in people, and all around. Yet again....these are trying times.. and when I need a more intensive weeks-long jolt of that vibe, I'm fortunate that every 12th Night, January 6th, the Carnival season begins.

 

For some Carnival will begin right after the season ends, plotting/planning costumes, themes, etc. For others it may begin in the summertime, in the fall, after Christmas, or as so often is the case with my costume, late night Lundi Gras..

I gotta say, I absolutely love Mardi Gras. Known for its revelry, there's much more going on in those early weeks of the New Year. I love the spirit that that time brings to the city, and maybe what i love most of all is the reasons for that vibe.  It's a time of dedication.   The day celebrated as a day to let loose before the season of Lent begins, comes about after sometimes months, sometimes days, hours or minutes of true focus and dedication.   Looking out at the sea of costumes exemplifies that vibe each and every year.

Mardi Gras isn't without its many issues, i know, and yes, there are MANY different ways to experience Mardi Gras and many more facets to explore if I were actually writing a blog on Mardi Gras and not ponder-blogging (new word?) on the concept of dedication. Its hard for me to not get caught up in the vibe of it when I live within its borders. Come Carnival time, my address is: 

Natasha Sanchez
Mardi Gras
New Orleans, Louisiana

 I have been thinking a lot about dedication in everyday life and where we put our focus. Just like going into a sacred site helps fill the soulful well, being around the dedication of Mardi Gras keeps me focused.

The dedication and focus isn't just about the costumes (who am I kidding... !)  It's about expression, its about joy, its therapy in a glue stick.  Its the satisfaction of all the pieces and parts combining to make the spectacular whole.

  (Ex.:  just how many more sparkles 'n things can i possibly hot glue onto this garage sale hat?...answer:  a lot.) 

  (throwback to 2008....last minute eyelashes to complete the costume...)

 At a time when it seems easier to fall down the well rather than fill it, Mardi Gras comes around and lets the self shine. 

Like this mime..(shout out, Esthrrr...throwback to 2007)

Each Mardi Gras experience is unique, but Its the individuals that make up the collective Mardi Gras experience.  Just like its the individuals that make the collective world experience. Maybe that's why I've been pondering on focus and dedication so much during these turbulent times. Its amazing what can happen when all those pieces and parts combine to create an expressive, peaceful & joyful world. 

Til next time..
 
all content (c) Natasha Sanchez 2018
www.natashasanchezcreates.com