Happy Birthday to my blog, which turned five years old last week.
I want to say thank you to my blog for all it has given me. It has brought me a circle of wonderful friends, none of whom I have met in person, but all of whom hold rooms in my heart. Rooms and rooms and rooms. It has held my artwork and my thoughts and given me a place where I can wrestle with my demons and give praise to the wild universe which makes all things and then destroys them, myself not the lone exception.
Thank you, The Dishwasher’s Tears.
I am in your debt.
And a most sincere and heartfelt thank you to my readers, who sustain me in the darkness of night and drag me blinking into the riot of daylight over and over again.
Namaste, you Princes of New England!
A note on this piece. The face of the girl I took from a painting entitled “The Girl Who Finds You Here” by the artist Lu Cong, which I first saw on Peter Nidsgorski’s tumblr site “this isn’t happiness”. The original image and more of the artist’s fabulous work can be found here: lucong.
I don’t know if it is bad or not, this taking of things from other things and appropriating them or misappropriating them.
I think it’s a good idea to be up front about it, though, and to give credit, and link back. So, that is what I will try to do.
I doubt anybody gives a shit. But if anyone out there stumbles across an image or a part of an image that they believe belongs to them, let me know and I’ll take it down. Or give you credit. Or buy you an ice-cream. You can choose.
A further note on this whole “Souls” series. They are all built on the images of Polish photographer Stephania Gurdowa (1888-1968) from a monograph entitled “The Negatives Are To Be Stored”.
I do not believe that my works are any kind of improvement upon the originals.
They are just what I am compelled to do.
A further note: I am an inveterate thief of images.