These earrings that I just posted at Augenblick Photo reminded me of a funny experience I had recently that reminded me I’m, well, getting old.
I took my daughters to the Kommunikation Musuem a couple of weeks ago. If you are ever in Berlin I highly suggest this museum by the way, especially if you are traveling with children. The museum is dedicated to communication in its many forms and has very innovative displays and even talking robots. Since it is also in an absolutely gorgeous old building and only costs 4 Euros (!) to get in with kids under 6 free, there is simply no reason to stay away.
My five year old daughter Mia loved a display with old rotary phones that ring at random but at first she was confused by what in the world they could be. “Mama, what’s that thing there?” she asked and hardly believed me when I said it was a telephone. I still remember the old yellow rotary phone we had when I was a kid. We even had a party line. My sister and I loved to annoy the old ladies on there by butting in on their conversations. My, how times have changed!
Besides my creative endeavors at Augenblickphoto I am also a mom to two magical creatures. They go to pre-school during the day but my later afternoons are filled with trips to the moon and somewhere over the rainbow.
It’s important to me that these girls look back someday on their childhood with wonder. We spend a lot of time at museums here in Berlin like the Naturkunde Museum and Das Technikmuseum not to mention the Aquarium and Zoo where they recently had their faces painted.
They both waited for nearly a half an hour until it was their turn on the chair and sat very still and quiet, eager to finally show the world what it is to be such a magical creature.
I’ve offered photo jewelry in my shop Augenblickphoto for a while now, but I’ve never really expanded the section.
Part of the problem is the materials (mainly brass frames) are fairly expensive which made me a little more reluctant to experiment than I might have otherwise.
Also, the jewelry never got that much attention or sold well, though handmade jewelry, in general, is hard to market.
I recently found a new way to make jewelry that I’m very excited about. I print my own photographs on white plastic and then seal the pieces with matte varnish.
The material is fairly lightweight but also thick enough to be substantial. I’ve been enjoying mixing metals with the pieces, from raw copper to matte gun metal to antique brass.
I’ve been wearing a lot of the pieces myself and love the organic look of them and the feel. Just like my photo stones, only a little better.
The photographs shown here are all pieces I plan to list in the next week or so, so please stay tuned.
I used to have this re-occuring dream that I would find an extra room in my house, often rough and unfinished, that I had never seen before. Amazingly enough, I discovered just such a room in my apartment house earlier this week.
I went upstairs to pick up a package from the neighbors on the top floor and realized that the stairs went up further from there. Two doors were at the top. I knew what I would find behind them.
A Dachspeicher, a sort of unfinished attic room that a lot of (but not all) buildings in Berlin have though you don’t always have access. The doors to this one were unlocked and various boxes from various neighbors were stored there.
Needless to say, the light coming through the small skylights onto the unfinished gray walls was amazing. I will definitely do something with images there that will later be presented in Augenblickphoto so stay tuned. I just hope I don’t find too many more mummified pigeons like the one I found today. Gross!
When I was fifteen, back when there was practically no internet (yes, there was such a time…) I joined a pen pal club and wrote hundreds of letters to people all around the world. I knew then that someday I would live in another country and learn to speak another language. It was so clear and so obvious that I never doubted it though I didn’t necessarily think I would move away forever. But I’ve been in Berlin for 12 years now. My children were born here. My husband is German. I don’t think I’ll ever go back. I told someone recently about this decision I made at 15 and they asked me why. But I didn’t really have an answer. I love my family and think Northern California is one of the most amazing places on earth. Still, I was meant to leave and so I did.
Anyone who has mastered another language will tell you there are sometimes words that best describe something you would need sentences or even paragraphs to describe in another languages. One of these words is the German word Hingabe. In English Hingabe can be translated as devotion, abandon, surrender, indulgence, commitment, addiction…..One word for all that vastness. Somehow I feel the mask L’Inconnue de la Seine is calling for mehr (more) Hingabe in all its possible translations. I’ve photographed the mask so many times and lord knows I’m not the only person she has inspired. I’m planning on using words in some of the work in my shop, though I’m not sure yet how. But please stayed tuned.
Although most of what I sell at Augenblickphoto is photo decor like my photo wood blocks and popular photo stones, in my heart it is still a shop for fine art photography. That being said, there is also a lot of great fine art photography on etsy that I admire. Here are some of my personal highlights.
There is something so wonderfully dream-like about photographer Erin Tyner‘s created miniature worlds. What could easily go in the direction of kitsch (i.e. photographing dioramas) is poetic and intimate, sometimes even mysteriously heartbreaking.
I really love the composition of this photograph by Jillian Audrey. I spent most of my childhood in Tucson, so seeing it here is like experiencing a paradise lost.
Lucy Snowe is one of the most successful photographers on etsy and, with this photograph, you can see why. I love all of her work of mid-century homes.
The shop Pocket Memories has some gorgeous and strangely vulnerable female nudes made with a polaroid camera.
Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.