Wednesday, June 4, 2008


I had a lot of fun making this photo. I experimented with different substances around the house trying to decide what to use for sea foam in this diorama. I finally went with shaving cream and might have to look through my husband's other toiletry items for future inspiration!

This photo is for my Dad. He spent so much of his life working extremely hard but he has always had a little boy in him who enjoys simple pleasures. His very favorite place to be? The beach.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Radiohead at Lakewood

Thom Yorke of Radiohead at Lakewood Amphitheater 5/08/08
Photo by Robb D. Cohen. More of Robb's photos from the show here

I absolutely love live music but it has been quite some time since I've seen a show with 18,000 people in attendance! I really enjoy looking at gig photography, but I never end up bringing a camera to shows. My fear is that I wouldn't be able to take pictures and simultaneously get lost in the music that I came to enjoy. You know, kind of like walking and chewing gum at the same time. Fortunately in this digital age I can view other people's photos and even videos online shortly after the show.

The band performed a really great set playing material from seven of their albums. The first time I saw Radiohead was in a very small venue shortly after OK Computer was released. During the show this Thursday it dawned on me that several of the fans at the show were probably in elementary school when I was at my first Radiohead show. Well, I'm young at heart and you can never take that from me! Here is the setlist:

01 All I Need
02 There There
03 Lucky
04 15 Step
05 Where I End And You Begin
06 Nude
07 Pyramid Song
08 Optimistic
09 Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
10 The National Anthem
11 Idioteque
12 You and whose army
13 Reckoner
14 Everything in its right place
15 Bangers and Mash 
16 Bodysnatchers

17 Videotape 

encore 1
18 The Gloaming
19 Talk Show Host
20 Just
21 Faust Arp
22 How To Disappear Completely

encore 2 
23 Paranoid Android

24 House of Cards

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Young Blood Gallery & Boutique

Congratulations to Maggie and Kelly, co-owners and founders of Atlanta's Young Blood Gallery and Boutique, on their brand new location! The girls have recently relocated to a great spot on North Highland in between Virginia Highlands and Little Five Points. You can read about their move and check for updates on their blog. Some of my photos are available for purchase in the boutique!
I am very excited about their Grand Reopening this weekend because the gallery will feature works by the extremely talented artist Jess Gonacha! You can check out her website here and buy prints of her work in her online store

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Radiohead tonight!

I jumped in the river and what did I see?
Black-eyed angels swam with me
A moon full of stars and astral cars
All the figures I used to see
All my lovers were there with me
All my past and futures
And we all went to heaven in a little row boat
There was nothing to fear and nothing to doubt
from Radiohead's "Pyramid Song", lyrics Thom Yorke
To say I'm a little bit excited about seeing Radiohead tonight would be like a kid saying he is a little bit excited about Santa Claus coming the night before Christmas. The forecast is calling for thunderstorms this evening in Atlanta but fortunately I have tickets for covered seats (and I have a really cute date too!)

Wednesday, May 7, 2008


My Grammy has always been a song bird, to this very day she will break out into song. When I was little one of the tunes she sang to me was "April Showers" –
Though April showers may come your way,
They bring the flowers that bloom in May.
So if it's raining, have no regrets,
Because it isn't raining rain, you know, (It's raining violets,)
And where you see clouds upon the hills,
You soon will see crowds of daffodils,
So keep on looking for a blue bird, And list'ning for his song,
Whenever April showers come along.
Back then I took the song quite literally, but now that I'm older I can appreciate the meaning of the song. The dark times prepare us for all of the beauty that is waiting for us in life, and the rainy weather just make the sunny days that much sweeter.

Friday, March 14, 2008


this place is trouble waitingthe light hangs so weakly on to the quiet 
drag myself in a long line 
in a long linein a lonely line 
and i jealously want the ocean's deep nerve
i am a red flame hanging low to be close to it 
hanging low to be close to you
from Songs: Ohia's "The Ocean's Nerves", lyrics Jason Molina
This is a photo of a piece of sea fan from my mom's marine specimen collection. Her collection is pretty extensive and I hope to keep taking photos of it. My husband said this was like a natural Rorschach. What do you see? 

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Tonight we fly

‘Dear little Swallow,’ said the Prince, ‘you tell me of marvelous things, but more marvelous than anything is the suffering of men and of women. There is no mystery so great as misery. Fly over my city, little Swallow, and tell me what you see there.’ So the Swallow flew over the great city, and saw the rich making merry in their beautiful houses, while the beggars were sitting at the gates... (excerpt from "The Happy Prince" by Oscar Wilde)

"The Happy Prince" is one of the first stories that I remember falling in love with. My mom had a lovingly-tattered illustrated copy of Oscar Wilde short stories. I used to ask for them as bedtime stories until I could read them on my own. The story of the sparrow, the statue of a prince and his endless concern for others is the story that stays with me the most. It is a story of friendship, sacrifice and selflessness that I still can't read without getting a lump in my throat. The Literature Network has the whole story right here

Friday, February 29, 2008


At times I see you
You silver rider
Sometimes your voice is not enough
Your face in windows
Outside forever
Nobody dreamed you'd save the world

The march is over
The great destroyer
She passes through you like a knife
Oh take me with you
You silver rider
Sometimes your voice is not enough

"Silver Rider" by Low

Two of my favorite things about photography are the opportunity for storytelling and the different interpretations that viewers bring. This image has a specific meaning to me, but that's between me and the twister. Is he returning home from far away or preparing to leave somewhere he's been far too long? Is he a hero facing his fears or a coward running from something unbearable? Maybe he's ready to be swept away. Perhaps it's just a dream.

I want to extend my thanks to Jo of Desire to Inspire for her post about me today on her incredible design blog!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Chambered nautilus

Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul,
As the swift seasons roll!
Leave thy low-vaulted past!
Let each new temple, nobler than the last,
Shut thee from heaven with a dome more vast,
Till thou at length art free,
Leaving thine outgrown shell by life's unresting sea!

From "The Chambered Nautilus", Oliver Wendell Homes (1809-1894) 

Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Crossing

"When I'm at the pearly gates
This'll be on my videotape 
my videotape
When Mephistopholis is just beneath
And he's reaching up to grab me

This is one for the good days 
And I have it all here
In red blue green
Red blue green"
from "Videotape" by Radiohead

The photo above is the second image I made in my ongoing series featuring miniatures figures. A pretty determined looking man crossing through a field in the dark - I wanted to leave it up to the viewer to imagine where he might be headed.

When posting photos on Flickr I frequently pair them with song lyrics, poetry or prose. I'm very inspired by music and literature and like adding the extra narrative to photos. I've been a Radiohead fan since the early 90's and have enthusiastically followed the band through their sweeping changes. While I enjoy their most recent release in its entirety, "Videotape" is the track that sticks in my head. The simple yet haunting melody is enough to suck me in but it's the lyrics that really grab me. I've heard several interpretations of what the song might mean from the hopeful to the morose. I like to think it's about holding tight to the memory of a perfect day, the immeasurable value of that special person who keeps you balanced, and that holding onto that feeling can strip away our earthly fears, if only for a moment. "You are my centre when I spin away."

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Ice Swimming

For my birthday late last year I got a macro lens, the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro. I purchased some HO scale train model figures to practice focusing at a short distance - this diver is approximately one inch tall. I made the "iceberg" in a plastic container in the freezer. I had so much fun creating this little scene that I'm working on a series of images with miniature figures in dreamlike settings.

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)when what hugs stopping earth than silent is
more silent than more than much more is or
total sun oceaning than any this
tear jumping from each most least eye of star
and without was if minus and shall be
immeasurable happenless unnow
shuts more than open could that every tree
or than all life more death begins to grow
end's ending then these dolls of joy and grief
these recent memories of future dream
these perhaps who have lost their shadows if
which did not do the losing spectres mime
until out of merely not nothing comes
only one snowflake(and we speak our names
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Monday, February 18, 2008


This is me - I live in Atlanta with my husband and my Italian Greyhound. I got my first camera just over a year ago and have really enjoyed the learning process. I've wanted to start a photo blog but kept putting off the first post. Done.