I wrote a song about carrots and a whole new world opened up. I’ve since gotten into carrot photography and made some new lumen prints, thought I'd share. My carrot-as-art sojourn began one day recently when I discovered– I was out of carrots, oh my. Not wanting to face the world without my beloved carrots, I hurriedly dashed to the store to immediately remedy this dire situation. While on my way, I had another realization….who does this? haha. Who flees to the grocery store in the middle of the afternoon to restock the carrot supply? Or, the better question may be – cui bono?…who benefits?
Two Carrots 2015
I don’t need to tell anyone of the nutritious virtues of carrots. They taste good, they're good for you and bunnies love them. More importantly, carrots are a root vegetable and they can help you to see. My worldview often stems from looking at the root of matters. As a photographer and songwriter, I rely heavily on my vision, especially as I travel the world. Therefore, it is no wonder that I will keep a tangible source of sight nearby. Plus, look at the news we wake up to. I find its better to arm myself with a clear vision just to face the news of the day and to decipher what is really going on in the world.
Three Carrots & a Wayward Stem 2015
Anyhoo, long ramble cut short: My carrot crisis led me to write a song about carrots. But just like my Angus Youngsong isn’t about Angus Young, nor is my Justin Timberlake song about Justin Timberlake (though my Searching for a Tall Boy song isabout a Miller High Life), my carrot song isn’t really about carrots, it is about all the rambling stuff above. As a photographer, I got really interested in the photographic possibilites of The Carrot and began experimenting with Lumen Prints. I overcooked the first batch, this is the second. Or third. I forget. I have a lot to learn about printing veggies.
So, to answer my own question - Who Benefits? I would have to answer with Who Doesn't? Sometimes what we need most in this world is a fresh perspective and a healthy outlook.
Thats a whole lotta carrots.
Sun Carrots 2015
I don't have a recording of my Carrot Song, you'll just have to check out my 3rd Thursday gig at the Neutralground.
Til then, here's a gem I found on youtube. happy carrot pondering.
(c) Natasha Sanchez