“If you’re green, you’re growing. If you’re ripe, you rot.” – Dad.
Where do you look to for words of wisdom? Inspiration to keep you from falling into habitual routines? My father has always offered me a wealth of perspective…a gift for which I have the greatest appreciation, given the ease of overlooking all there is to appreciate in life. Speaking of perspective, a friend of mine took me to a photography exhibit at the beautiful Black Diamond Library here in Copenhagen a couple of weeks ago. We stood awestruck among the work of Edward Steichen, one of the most famous American photographers, painters & art gallery collector/curators of his time.
I was blown away by the range of his techniques…starting with blurred, sepia toned images (the kind of photo you might find in a vintage locket) in the early 1900’s… expanding to include crisp, high fashion spreads for Condé Nast (Vogue, Vanity Fair.) I wondered how he might find the pace of technology in the present? Perhaps there should be a ‘Steichenized’ filter on instagram :)
His subjects ranged from famed artists including Pablo Picasso and Auguste Rodin to actress Marlene Dietrich and beyond…Naturally when I stumbled upon the likes of Martha Graham, Therese Duncan (Isadora’s daughter) & Mary Eaton, I found that Steichen and I had more passions in common than I thought. What a thrilling experience to see my interests of dance and photography married together by such a household name. Needless to say, I left feeling utterly inspired by the span of Steichen’s techniques…appreciating how quickly he grew to involve progressive technology in his work, constantly moving forward…ever green.
Below are a couple of Steichen’s photos, the first of Mary Eaton, followed by one of Therese Duncan taken on the grounds of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. I have sprinkled in a few photos of me from past productions (Symphony in C during my first season here, and the late Narcissum taken last Spring) that have been ‘steichenized’ by the skilled friend and photographer who took them.
Here’s to seeing beyond the lens…shifting perspectives…staying inspired…
Green & Growing ~ p.e.