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365 Photography Project_Fifteenth Post

A while back, I'd mentioned to a friend how I'd sat in my parent's home, after my father had died, with a limited amount of time, trying to understand what was what, what had mattered to either or both of my parents, what I should take with me, from one end of California to the other, and what was okay to let go of. I realized I had no way of knowing, I could only go by my own sense of aesthetics, what would fit into our life, what they still had from when I was a kid, and what they'd kept from my grandparents, since, with most of their things, I had no other criteria except my personal point-of-view for judging.

My friend suggested that I should think about documenting our things -- photo and description -- so one day Lauren would have a way of knowing what meant what to us. And especially since I'm the kind who mixes trash with treasure, it can be hard to discern. Everything has a story, simple or complicated, significant or not, and with this post, I'm going to start passing those on to Lauren, in this case with photo and story about the Franz Marc prints at the end.

Out of Order
Monday January 17, 2011 Our street @ 6:30am, my usual time for retrieving the newspaper and, yes, I did have to run back in to get the camera which wasn't quite up to this kind of darkness, but I think the photo is all that much prettier because of that.

Sunday January 16, 2011 One of my mission101 tasks was to delcutter this top part of Lauren's closet, a task now complete, everything to the right of the two plastic boxes is gone, and while one plastic box is completely full, the other is half empty so, is good thing. The two boxes contain things, like baby clothes, that I've saved for her.

Tuesday January 18, 2011 Work again. This is 'my' department...kids. I have spent FAR too many of my hours here. Behind me is the 'Thomas the Tank Engine' area, maybe I'll get a photo in that direction next time. Across the room is what we call 'the stage' which is actually 'Winnie the Pooh's 100 Acre Woods'.

Wednesday January 19, 2011 David's metal car collection Starting on the left, the 1st car is David's current car, the 2nd is his 1990's car, the 3rd is his 2000's car, the 4th is just cool, like what our Grandparent's would have driven, and the 5th is my first car -- a 2009 Mazda RX8, a 1982(?) Chevy Camero, an 1993 Ford Explorer, a whatever, and a 1967 Ford Mustang, the real one was originally my father's.

Thursday January 20, 2011 I bought this little book YEARS ago because I thought it looked cool, but I never read it. I refound it because of my mission101 task to reorganizing my books so, I finally read it and how cool is this little slice of history? Written in 1936, Sylvia tells you how to have a great personality, through diet, exercise, fashion, outlook etc, so you can attract the perfect man. I should be appalled, but she is so much fun, and so full of really good advise, most of which I figured would be totally outdated, but wasn't, that I don't actually care. She says things like, 'Oh come on, darlings, you know I'm right' and 'Listen to mama, get up out of that chair and MOVE!'. Geeeeez.

Friday January 21, 2011 I start my day, after getting the two up and out, with a half hour of an educational DVD, educational as I define it. These are the ones I've watched, a couple I've gone through twice, since starting my 2nd mission101.

Saturday January 22, 2011 Franz Marc Prints. I have a serious love for this painter's work, a German and a member of the der Blaue Reiter along with Kandinsky and Klee, he was killed in World War I at the age of 37.  I began collecting what little prints I could find in the late 1970s, I was finally able to see his paintings, in Munich, in the early 1980s. I never wanted to leave that museum.
For Lauren
The top two prints came from a San Francisco Sunset District antique store circa the early 1980s. I was rummaging through a 4-foot high flat file and way at the back of a bottom drawer, I found them, matted the way they are matted, I bought the frames. I didn't pay much for them, I doubt they are worth much, but I can't be sure. Note the blue horse in the print to the left, it's was Marc's blue horses that gave the group their name, der Blaue Reiter meaning, kind of obviously, the Blue Rider.
On-the-other-hand, the bottom print was purchased, in the late 1970s, at a gallery, probably on Polk Street, near where I worked on Van Ness Avenue. The reason that stands out to me is because once a week for at least a couple of months, on my lunch hour, I headed over to that gallery to make my next installment so, hopefully, this print is actually worth something. And paying for it in installments doesn't means as much as you probably think, I was just that poor even if I was working at a law office. I still remember the moment I found it, while rifling through one of those v-shaped print holders they use in galleries, man I was thrilled, a little less so when I realized the price, but since it was actually, if painfully, doable I asked if they'd do layaway. Normally, they didn't, but since I was gainfully employed very near by and so obviously 'in love', they agreed. With this print, I both matted and framed it.

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( 18 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 26th, 2011 09:59 pm (UTC)
Oh wow. That pic of your street in the morning. Just - wow.
Jan. 27th, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you!! Combine early morning fog, yellow street lights, and a camera pushed to far and that's what you get.
Jan. 26th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
Mementos and More
I think I still have a couple of my toddler frocks, which my aunt smocked for me, in a trunk in the crawl space. My aunt saved them for me. Inventorying the trunk must wait until John is around to drag it out, and put it back, for me.

I love the Franz Marc's. The dollar value of much art is so volatile that, imo, there's no point owning anything unless you love it. Which you obviously do. I doubt I own anything with more than sentimental value, but in most cases the sentimental value is high. FanSee

P.S. Love your sunrise shot. Won't you be happy when you no longer get up in the dark?
Jan. 27th, 2011 10:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Mementos and More
I certainly hope the frocks are still there, remember to write down their story so Samantha has that also.

Before we married, I was willing to spend money on 'old' things, antiques, after we married...not so much. Now we're at a point that we want to collect a little, add to what I've already collected, should be fun, but yeah, the vast vast majority of our stuff is sentimental.

And, know what? It's been less than 2 weeks since I took that shot and it's already lighter out. Time's actually moving a little too fast for me, I want it to slow down. I dread summer and Lauren leaving for college, makes me heart-sick, honestly, but not much I can do be deal.

What a downer I am.
Jan. 26th, 2011 10:43 pm (UTC)
I love all the pics as they're a part of your life, but that first one looks like a book cover or poster for a film.
Jan. 27th, 2011 10:45 pm (UTC)
It's funny because the ones I like the most are usually not the ones mentioned, but that makes sense, the ones I like best are planned, that first one just happened. I looked out, after picking up the paper, and said, "Whoa, pretty." We don't get fog often and mixed with the yellow street lights it is otherworldly.
Jan. 27th, 2011 12:09 am (UTC)
That first shot is fantastic!

I like the idea of that Sylvia book -- sounds fun.
Jan. 27th, 2011 10:40 pm (UTC)
thank you!!

and yeah, Sylvia was quite a gal and one of the reasons why I comb through antique stores, you just never know what you'll find (and then forget to read for 10 or 15 years) :)
Jan. 27th, 2011 01:21 am (UTC)
The picture above the cut is amazing!
Jan. 27th, 2011 10:38 pm (UTC)
thank you!! it's what happens when you combine early morning fog, yellow street lights, and a camera pushed it its limits, perhaps beyond.
Jan. 27th, 2011 02:54 am (UTC)
The photo of your street - BREATH-TAKING! It is magical, right down to the 'fairy lights' in the bush at the foot of the tree.

I also really like the Franz Marc prints...especially the blue horse.

Thanks so much for sharing a bit of yourself.
Jan. 27th, 2011 10:36 pm (UTC)
fog and yellow street lights do make for an otherworldly effect. I'm glad you like the Franz Marc prints, you can see in them, especially the little one to the right, the beginnings of his mature fractal/ prismatic style which I so love.
Jan. 27th, 2011 10:44 am (UTC)
Gorgeous pics! Love especially the one of your street; fabulous!

Great to see your department at work ;)

And I think that the works of that painter, are really interesting =)

Thank as always for sharing
Jan. 28th, 2011 03:06 am (UTC)
thank you so much, I appreciate your feedback. The prints of Marc are quite different than his paintings which are huge, full of beautiful colors, and always based on nature.
Feb. 8th, 2011 02:14 am (UTC)
I love that you paid for the last print over time because of how much you wanted it. I own the DVD Rothko's Rooms and haven't watched it yet. I do highly rec the play, Red about Rothko. It's a slim little book. You can read it in an hour or so.
Feb. 8th, 2011 06:59 pm (UTC)
That print is one of those 'things-to-grab-first-in-case-of-earthquake' things, means a lot to me. I found 'Rothko's Rooms' to be really enjoyable, they interview his children and associates, putting him in context. You must like his paintings, I find them inspirational and meditative both at once. I'll definitely check out Red about Rothko, thanks for the rec.
Feb. 8th, 2011 02:15 am (UTC)
Oh and the first tree pic is my favorite of all.
Feb. 8th, 2011 06:54 pm (UTC)
that one did come out pretty awesome, I didn't even know what I had until I got back inside, it was too dark to see!
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