Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Art Director...

The idea: a gritty monochrome study of this corner of the South Pasadena Post Office -- an image to symbolize our crowded yet compartmentalized lives in the modern age.

Yeah, well, my little girl had other ideas: "I'm going to race to the end of that sad room and start dancing."

I like her concept much better.

People always say to me
"What do you think you'd like to be
When you grow up?"
And I say "Why,
I think I'd like to be the sky
Or be a plane or train or mouse
Or maybe a haunted house
Or something furry, rough and wild ...
Or maybe I will stay a child."

--Karla Kuskin

16 comments:

TheChieftess said...

Love this photo!!! Great composition...the contrast between the starkness of the post office and the aliveness of your daughter is fabulous!!!

Babooshka said...

Kids always have the best ideas. Your thoughts spot on. I live in a very spacious world but one trip back to the UK, and this is how I feel, hemmed in.

Trish said...

wow, am not sure the PO has changed at all since *I* was her age doing exactly what she did! Until I was admonished for running amok.

I do remember visiting the PO as a child and wondering how so many little boxes (and the mail) could fit in that place and about the orderliness of all the little boxes lined up like that.

Judy Williams said...

little one
so kind and free
you bring out
the child in me

with your light heart
and skirt of tulle
takes me back
to days at school

without a care
without life's pain
nothing to lose
all to gain

so keep on dancing
little one
bring hearts joy
have some fun

and make us all see
those small things
the light, the music
that each day brings

I totally have to agree with Chieftess!!!

PJ said...

I stopped by your blog on Memorial Day and couldn't write anything. It was too painful, so many lost too young.
This piece with your daughter is the perfect counterpoint. The tulle skirt just says it all.

Dixie Jane said...

Chieftess said it, Judy rhymed it, I love it. Stark walls and a little girl dancing at one end. What a story in contrast.

Ken Mac said...

i love the feel and look of that old tile. High sheen, low art, beautiful.

altadenahiker said...

It's why we'll never be totally compartmentalized.

Great job you two.

Yakpate said...

You did it again! Let's all go dancing at our local post office...

Jean Spitzer said...

I love the tulle skirt. The figure feels timeless; the room stuck in some regimented time.--your art director's a genius.

Margaret said...

Very nice picture. I know that hallway, and only you could make it look glamorous.

Shanna said...

Judy, thank you for your poem. Litle Bit,thank you for dancing! Love that tulle skirt!!

San Diego Farmgirl said...

With an outfit like that, what else is there to do except dance?

Laurie said...

Hi everybody,

I have to admit, I like this shot so much more than the other ones without Little Bit running through the frame. I think it's the tulle skirt that really makes the statement!

THanks for all the lovely comments. (And verse!) Until tomorrow...

Shanna said...

Aaron Copland adapted this beautiful 19th century Shaker song in his "Appalachian Spring". which I first heard at All Saint's in Pasadena. The tune is the more commonly known, "Simple Gifts".....

"I danced in the morning when the world was begun,
And I danced in the moon and the stars and the sun.
And I came down from heaven and I danced on the earth
At Bethlehem I had my birth.

Refrain

Dance,then, wherever you may be;
I am Lord of the Dance, said he.
And I'll lead you all wherever you may be,
And I'll lead you all in the dance, said he."

Andrew said...

Really amazing...

Nice photo...wonderful thoughts....


Thanks for sharing...


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