Starting out in the courtyard
Weird things along the highway
(I only cared about the color anyway.)
(While listening to Hüsker Dü's "Games.")
~Problems of photography~
1. How to render a computer as both an object in a room and a portal to other rooms. I didn't figure that out with the above picture, but it's probably the best one I've ever taken anyway.
2. How to represent women. The above captures one of the central images that guided/haunted me throughout my childhood: the "Barbie in the dirt" archetype. Most of my malformed notions of femininity come from here. Maybe I heard "Miss World" and "Doll Parts" too many times. Anyway, it's amazing I was finally able to realize this image with my own eye, in such an unexpected place.
Thanksgiving in Provo, UT
A beautiful town. During a mountain walk I finally discovered a place capable of containing the heaven-and-earth drama of Kate Bush’s Aerial, activating its magic (50 Words for Snow, when I delve into it, might have to find a different place). Bush's ideas about and belief in nature and art have always been straightforward, in a way ("lines like these have got to be an architect's dream"; "so all the colors run, see what they have become: a wonderful sunset," etc.), and Provo is a very straightforwardly beautiful place: snowy peaks, distant lake. But the power and longevity of all of this (Provo's beauty, Kate's belief) renders it mysterious, eccentric. I'm quite taken with both.
The next day
Tourist spot near Moab, UT