|secret beach, prince edward county - monica lacey 201|
I suppose I have memory on my mind because I've identified it as a major theme in my work and as something I am interested in exploring in depth. As a photographer, when I capture an image, I often think of how that image will later be part of the construct of a memory of a specific moment & am made aware of how it is capturing only a fragment of the moment and that the rest will be filled in by whosoever is remembering.
I’ve been making a lot of new memories here, meeting great folks & enjoying the beautiful scenery. This past weekend was spent doing some glorious beach-hopping with my sister, who drove down from Toronto. We were given some tips by Chrissy about 'secret' beaches where you have to drive down 4-wheeler tracks, but when you get to the water it is worth every pothole. I can see why people retire here - it's a lot like PEI, in that you can have a very, very high quality of life. It was also good for me to take some time off from thinking about art, talking about art, making art. No one can work every day. :)
|back road, prince edward county - monica lacey 2011|
Just the other day we had an amazing thunderstorm, which apparently turned into a tornado in some areas. When I heard today about the tornado-damage, my first reaction was to want to go and photograph it. It made me wonder if I’m getting too detached from trauma for my own good, with all these abandoned and damaged places I love to frequent. But I guess that’s part of the work of the artist – to reach through where other things can’t and to stand the pain (or the joy) so as to record it and express it in some way. Memory.